VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - March 17, 2014) - NGEx Resources Inc. (TSX:NGQ) ("NGEx" or the "Company") is pleased to announce results from the first seven of 23 holes drilled during its 2014 drill program at the Filo del Sol copper-gold-silver project located in San Juan Province, Argentina. Filo del Sol is a high sulphidation epithermal copper-gold-silver system that overlies a porphyry copper-gold system. The focus of this season's drill program was to expand and infill both the copper-gold porphyry mineralization and the higher-grade copper-silver zone which occurs as a sub-horizontal sheet or manto of variable thickness within the volcanic rocks which overlie the porphyry system. The drill holes announced today significantly extend the previously identified manto zone and expand the broader zone of disseminated copper, gold, silver mineralization that surrounds the high grade zone. Highlights include:
- VRC57 which intersected 10 meters of 2.8% copper, extending the high grade manto zone approximately 200 meters to the north of previous drilling;
- VRC58 which intersected the high grade manto zone with 12 meters of 1.42% copper, 0.24 g/t gold, 28.1 g/t silver within a wider zone of 70 meters of 0.75% copper, 0.17 g/t gold, 19.6 g/t silver
- VRC59 which intersected the high grade manto zone including a high grade silver section containing 10 meters of 0.40% copper, 0.62 g/t gold and 273.4 g/t silver within a wider zone of 70 meters of 0.52% copper, 0.65 g/t gold, 46.4 g/t silver;
- VRC60 which intersected the high grade manto zone with 26 metres of 0.27% copper, 0.24 g/t gold and 148.3 g/t silver;
- VRC62 which intersected the high grade manto zone with 34 meters of 0.61% copper, 0.55 g/t gold and 104 g/t silver;
- Porphyry style mineralization intersected in VRC58, VRC59, VRC60, and VRC61. All drill holes terminated in porphyry mineralization. VRC58 terminated in mineralization grading 0.50 % copper and 0.64 g/t gold. The final 10 meters of VRC60 grade 0.30% copper and 0.42 g/t gold.
The seven holes released here span a north-south distance of just over 1,200 metres, with VRC59 at the southern edge of the drill pattern and VRC57 at the north. This distance is less than half of the minimum 2.5 kilometre extent of the mineralization known from previous drilling. Drill hole locations are shown on the plan map which accompanies this news release.
A total of 8,208 metres of reverse circulation (RC) drilling was completed in 23 holes between December 10th, 2013 and March 5th, 2014. Assays have been received for the seven holes released today, with the remainder expected over the next month or so. The drill program was designed to collect sufficient data to allow for the planned completion of an initial mineral resource estimate for Filo del Sol later this year.
The results from the initial holes of the 2014 season are presented below:
|HOLE-ID||FROM||TO||LENGTH||AU G/T||CU %||AG G/T||CU EQ|
*CuEq - Copper Equivalent is calculated using US$3.00/lb copper, US$ 1,400/oz gold and US$23/oz Ag, with no provision for metallurgical recoveries. The formula used is CuEq% = Cu% + 0.6806*Au (g/t) + 0.011*Ag (g/t). Drilled lengths are interpreted to be representative of the true width of the mineralized zone, based on geological interpretation using data from previous reverse circulation and diamond drill holes.
Wojtek Wodzicki, President and CEO of NGEX commented, "The drill holes announced today are the first step in a program that has excellent potential to add to our resource base in the NGEx District. Filo del Sol has by far the largest alteration footprint of the three major copper-gold porphyry systems we have identified so far in this emerging district which includes the Los Helados and Josemaría deposits. The higher grade manto zone which includes water soluble copper sulphate mineralization adds a potentially very important upside to a very large system."
Collar coordinates and drill hole orientations for the holes in this news release are shown below:
NGEX is a Canadian mineral exploration company with exploration projects in Chile, Argentina, and Canada. The Company's shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "NGQ". The Company's focus is on advancing its Vicuña Project which includes several large copper-gold systems including the Josemaria, Los Helados, and Filo del Sol projects, located on a contiguous land package that the Company holds in Chile's Region III and adjacent San Juan Province, Argentina. Los Helados and Filo del Sol are part of a joint venture in which the Company holds 60% and Pan Pacific Copper Co., Ltd. holds 40%. Josemaria is part of a joint venture in which the Company holds 60% and Japan Oil, Gas, and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) owns 40%. In addition to the Vicuña Project the Company holds an extensive portfolio of 100% owned early stage exploration projects located in Chile and Argentina. It also owns a 100% interest in the GJ copper and gold project located in British Columbia Canada. The GJ project is optioned to Teck Resources who are earning up to a 75% interest.
On behalf of the board
Wojtek Wodzicki, President and CEO
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. The Quality Control/Quality Assurance (QA/QC) program on the Josemaria Project is under the management of Diego Charchaflie MSc., P.Geo (BC), a Qualified Person pursuant to NI 43-101.
Samples were collected at the drill site by Company personnel with initial splitting carried out at a facility near the drill sites and final splitting completed at the Company's core processing facility located in Copiapß╜╣, Chile. Individual samples represent final splits from 2 metre intervals down the hole. Samples were delivered to Acme Analytical Laboratories S.A. sample preparation facility in Copiapß╜╣ and shipped on 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. Silver was analyzed both as part of the 36 element ICP package and also by 4 acid digestion with AAS finish. Copper was analyzed by digestion in three steps of a representative 1 gram from the sub-sample: 1) with a 10% sulphuric acid cold solution, 2) a 10% sodium cyanide digestion of the residue of step 1, and 3) a 3-acid digestion of the residue of step 2. Solutions from each step were analyzed by atomic absorption. 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.
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