VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 23, 2012) - NGEx Resources Inc. (TSX:NGQ) ("NGEx" or the "Company") is pleased to announce additional assay results from the 2011/2012 infill drilling campaign at the Josemaria copper-gold porphyry project located in San Juan province, Argentina. The drill program comprised 39 diamond drill holes totaling 19,220 metres. Assay results from the first 10 holes of the program were released on March 28, 2012 and results from an additional 13 holes are disclosed here. Results from the remaining 16 holes are pending and will be released when received. The Josemaria drill program was completed in the first quarter of 2012. Please see attached map: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/NGQ-0523-Josemaria-Planview.pdf.
The objective of this season's program was to complete infill drilling on the deposit in order to allow conversion of the currently defined Inferred Resource(ii) of 460 million tonnes at 0.39% Cu and 0.30 g/t Au to an Indicated Resource.
Highlights from the latest batch of results include: JMDH49 with 172 metres at 1.57% CuEq* (136 to 308m, 1.33% Cu and 0.36 g/t Au); JMDH25 with 552 metres at 0.75% CuEq* (48 to 600m, 0.45% Cu and 0.43 g/t Au) and JMDH39 with 412 metres at 0.65% CuEq* (38 to 450m, 0.47% Cu and 0.26 g/t Au).
Wojtek Wodzicki, President and CEO of NGEX, commented on the results stating, "We are very pleased with the positive results received so far this year from the infill program at Josemaria. Drilling to date has confirmed and extended the previously interpreted high grade core and with LHDH49 we have discovered a previously unknown zone of high grade mineralization. LHDH49 is the highest grade intercept drilled to date at Josemaria. Josemaria has been somewhat overshadowed by the excellent results from the Company's nearby Los Helados project however the results of LHDH49 confirm the potential for high grade mineralization at Josemaria too. Together with previously released results from Los Helados, located approximately 10 kilometers to the northwest of Josemaria, the results released today support our view that the Company's land package has the potential to host a very significant new copper-gold district with multiple deposits within a 15 kilometer radius."
The results from hole JMDH49 are of particular interest as this type of high-grade mineralization has not been encountered before at Josemaria. This intersection is on the northeastern edge of the current resource area and remains open to the northeast.
Holes JMDH24 and JMDH 28 were drilled on the same section in the southern part of the resource. JMDH24 was drilled towards the west, near the southwestern margin of the deposit, and JMDH28 was drilled towards the east. Both of these holes cut the gold-rich portion of the remnant leached cap which remains open to the south and west of JMDH24.
Hole JMDH25 intersected the high-grade core of the deposit, confirming its presence in this area and extending it 100 metres to the west of previous hole JMDH01.
Holes JMDH26 and JMDH40 were drilled on the same section and infilled the deposit just to the west and east of the high-grade core. Both these holes confirmed the extent and tenor of the mineralization predicted by the previous resource estimate.
Hole JMDH27 was drilled at the western margin of the deposit, confirming the interpretation of the extent of the mineralization in this direction. Hole JMDH36 was drilled into the southern part of the deposit and the mineralization remains open to the southwest of this hole. Hole JMDH37 was drilled at the extreme south-eastern edge of the deposit, and closes it off in this direction. Hole JMDH38 was an infill hole into the western part of the deposit and confirmed the extent and tenor of the mineralization in this area.
Holes JMDH39, JMDH44, JMDH49 and JMDH53 were drilled on the same section across the northern part of the deposit. JMDH44 intersected the deposit along its western edge. Hole JMDH49 intersected a very high-grade zone which has not been seen before at Josemaria and extends to hole JMDH39 although this hole is closer to the average grade of the high-grade core of the deposit. Together with previous holes JMRC08, JMRC27 and JMRC34, these two holes appear to indicate a second high-grade zone within the deposit which is parallel to the main core. This new high-grade area remains open to the northeast beyond hole JMDH49.
The table below shows details of the drill intersections from these holes:
|HOLE-ID||FROM (m)||TO (m)||LENGTH (m)||Au g/t||Cu %||CuEq %*|
|Near southwest limit of deposit; upper gold zone open to the west and south of this hole.|
|Infill in high-grade core of deposit.|
|Infill flanking high-grade core.|
|Along western edge of deposit.|
|Near southern extent of deposit, mineralization remains open to the southwest of this hole.|
|Closes off deposit in the southeastern direction.|
|Infill into western part of deposit, confirming mineralization in this area.|
|Intersected new high-grade zone.|
|Infill hole in eastern part of deposit.|
|Along western edge of deposit on same section as holes 39, 49, 53 and 54.|
|Discovered unusually high-grade zone - remains open towards the northwest.|
|Infill hole to east of JMDH49.|
*CuEq - Copper Equivalent calculated using US$3.00/lb copper and US$ 1,400/oz gold, with no provision for metallurgical recoveries. Josemaria is a porphyry deposit, characterized by a large volume of relatively homogeneous mineralization and drilled lengths are interpreted to be representative of the true width of the mineralized zone.
Collar coordinates and drill hole orientations for the holes in this news release are shown below:
Josemaria is one of several large copper-gold systems including the Company's Los Helados and Filo del Sol projects, located on a contiguous land package that the Company holds in Chile's Region 3 and adjacent San Juan Province Argentina. Los Helados, Josemaria, and Filo del Sol are all part of a joint venture in which the Company holds 60% and JOGMEC (Japan, Oil, Gas, and Metals National Corporation) holds 40%. Each party funds its pro-rata share of expenditures. Drilling at Filo del Sol was completed in April. Drilling at Los Helados is ongoing and is expected to continue until the end of May.
The drill core was logged, sawed, and half cores were sampled in their entirety in two meter intervals or intervals corresponding to geologic breaks determined by Company personnel. Samples were shipped to Acme Labs in Mendoza, Argentina and pulps were forwarded to the ACME lab in Santiago, Chile. Samples were crushed, split and 500g was pulverized to 85% passing 200 mesh. Gold analyses were by fire assay fusion with AAS finish on a 30g sample. Copper was analyzed by AAS using a 4 acid digestion and samples were also analyzed for a suite of 36 elements with ICP-ES. Copper and gold standards as well as blanks and duplicates (field, preparation and analysis) were randomly inserted into the sampling sequence for Quality Control. On average, 9% of the submitted samples correspond to Quality Control samples.
Mr. Bob Carmichael, B.A.Sc, P.Eng., is the Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101. Mr. Carmichael is Vice President, Exploration for the Company and has reviewed and approved the technical information contained in this news release.
(i) Technical Report: Preliminary Resource Estimate Update for the Josemaria Project, San Juan Province, Argentina dated November 20, 2007. The report is available on the Company's website or www.sedar.com.
On behalf of the board,
Wojtek Wodzicki, President and CEO
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