VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 16, 2012) - NGEx Resources Inc. (TSX:NGQ) ("NGEx" or the "Company") is pleased to announce additional assay results from the 2011 / 2012 infill drilling program at the Josemaria copper-gold porphyry project located in San Juan province, Argentina.
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Highlights from the latest batch of results include: JMDH50 with 182 metres at 1.27% CuEq* (70 to 252m, 1.06% Cu and 0.31 g/t Au); JMDH45 with 452 metres at 0.82% CuEq* (0 to 452m, 0.51% Cu and 0.46 g/t Au) and JMDH59 with 428 metres at 0.64% CuEq* (154 to 582m, 0.39% Cu and 0.37 g/t Au).
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(i) of 460 million tonnes at 0.39% Cu and 0.30 g/t Au to an Indicated Resource. The drill program, comprising 39 holes totaling 19,220 metres, was completed in the first quarter of 2012. Assay results from the first 10 holes of the program were released on March 28, 2012. Results from an additional 13 holes were released on May 23, 2012. Results from a further 9 holes are disclosed here. Results from the remaining 7 holes are pending and will be released when received.
Wojtek Wodzicki, President and CEO of NGEX, commented on the results, stating, "We are very pleased with the continued positive results from this year's drill program at Josemaria. JMDH50 is an important hole which extends the high-grade, supergene-enriched mineralization first intersected in JMDH49 by 100m to the north, but what is really exciting, is the fact that these results open up a large area of leached cap which was previously interpreted as peripheral to the main deposit. The results from this season's drilling at Josemaria are a good example of the positive surprises that can come from detailed drilling of very large systems and bodes well for future positive surprises as we continue to drill the potentially larger Los Helados and Filo del Sol systems. Together with previously released results from the Company's Los Helados project, located approximately 10 kilometers to the northwest of Josemaria, as well as highly encouraging results from Filo del Sol, 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 JMDH50 are of particular interest as they extend the newly discovered high-grade zone first intersected in hole JMDH49 a further 100 metres to the north. This drill hole intersected approximately 70 metres of leached cap before passing into a well-developed supergene enriched zone which contains chalcocite replacing primary pyrite, chalcopyrite, and bornite. The occurrence of bornite is encouraging because this mineral is typical of the central part of porphyry systems rather than the margins. This intersection is on the edge of the current drill pattern and mineralization remains wide open to the north (see attached map and section).
The table below shows details of the drill intersections from the drill holes released today:
|HOLE-ID||FROM (m)||TO (m)||LENGTH (m)||Cu %||Au g/t||CuEq*|
|Infill into high-grade core.|
|Infill along eastern edge of high-grade core.|
|Step-out 80m north of hole JMRC20.|
|Step-out 100m north of JMDH49, northernmost hole in new high-grade zone which remains open to north.|
|Along southeastern margin of deposit, beneath barren volcanic cover rock.|
|JMDH52||Stopped above target zone in barren volcanic cover rock - No Significant Values.|
|Twin of 2005 RC hole JMRC21, western part of deposit.|
|Twin of 2005 RC hole JMRC16, extended mineralization to depth.|
*CuEq - Copper Equivalent calculated using US$3.00/lb copper and US$1,400/oz gold, with no provision for metallurgical recoveries. Drilled lengths are interpreted to be representative of the true width of the mineralized zone.
Holes JMDH41 and JMDH46 were drilled on the same section in the northern part of the deposit. JMDH41 intersected a low-grade intramineral dyke starting at 142 metres which lowers the overall grade in this hole. These dykes are interpreted to be steeply dipping, so the drilled length of lower-grade mineralization is likely to be much longer than the true width of the dyke. JMDH46 was drilled along the eastern margin of the deposit.
Hole JMDH45 intersected the high-grade core of the deposit, extending it 100 metres to the west of previous reverse circulation hole JMRC01.
Hole JMDH48 was a vertical hole which defines the eastern limit of the deposit towards the northern extent of the drill information.
Holes JMDH51 and JMDH59 were drilled on the same section. JMDH51 was drilled to define the eastern limit of the deposit 450 metres to the south of JMDH48. JMDH59 is one of the most southerly holes into the high-grade core of the deposit. This hole also confirms and extends to depth the mineralized intersection in previously drilled RC hole JMRC16.
Hole JMDH52 was abandoned in post-mineral volcanic cover prior to reaching the mineralized porphyry underneath.
Hole 57 was drilled as a confirmation hole in order to evaluate the mineralized intersection in hole JMRC21 which was an earlier reverse circulation hole. The comparison between the two holes was excellent; JMRC21 intersected 400 metres at 0.36 g/t gold and 0.36% copper compared to 401.5 metres of 0.36 g/t gold and 0.39% copper.
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. This season's drill programs on all three projects are complete. Drilling is expected to resume in the fourth quarter of 2012.
On behalf of the board
Wojtek Wodzicki, President and CEO
Qualified Person and Assay Methods
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.
The Quality Control/Quality Assurance (QA/QC) program on the Josemaria Project is under the management of Diego Charchaflie, M.Sc., P.Geo. (BC), a Qualified Person pursuant to NI 43-101. Mr. Bob Carmichael, B.A.Sc., P.Eng., Vice President, Exploration for the Company, is the Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 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.
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