NGEx Minerals Extends Both the Alicanto (122m at 1.05% CuEq) and Fenix Zones (220m at 0.72% CuEq); Four Drills Active at Los Helados

January 26, 2023
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NGEx Minerals Extends Both the Alicanto (122m at 1.05% CuEq) and Fenix Zones (220m at 0.72% CuEq); Four Drills Active at Los Helados (CNW Group/NGEx Minerals Ltd.)

VANCOUVER, BC, Jan. 26, 2023 /CNW/ - NGEx Minerals Ltd. (TSXV: NGEX) ("NGEx Minerals" "NGEx" or the "Company") is pleased to report additional assay results from the Los Helados copper-gold project located in Region III, Chile.  To date, drilling has extended the Condor Zone and is starting to expand two additional high-grade zones known as the Fenix Zone and the Alicanto Zone.  All three zones remain open to expansion. Today's results are the latest from a highly successful drill program which is focused on adding high-grade material to the Los Helados deposit. View PDF version

Commenting on the results Wojtek Wodzicki, President and CEO stated "Today's results successfully extend the Fenix, Condor, and Alicanto zones.  We are particularly encouraged by the strong copper and molybdenum grades in the Alicanto zone as well as the elevated gold seen higher up in LHDH083.  At over 1% CuEq, these are some of the highest-grade intercepts seen to date at Los Helados and support our idea that the Alicanto zone is a distinct high-grade center at the northern edge of our current drill pattern. Ongoing drilling and detailed geophysical surveys are aimed at extending the Fenix and Alicanto Zones and identifying new areas with potential for higher grade mineralization."

  • Alicanto Zone
    • LHDH083 was the first follow-up hole into the Alicanto Zone, returning 122.1m at 1.05% CuEq from 884.0m within a broader mineralized intersection of 626.0m at 0.59% CuEq from 514.0m.
      • This intersection is 90m east of the discovery intersection in hole LHDH078 and successfully extends the Alicanto zone.
      • In addition to copper and gold, the Alicanto Zone contains elevated molybdenum grades with the intersection here averaging 190pm Mo.
  • Fenix Zone
    • LHDH081 was drilled from north to south across the Fenix Zone and returned 1,168.8m at 0.43% CuEq from 436m, including a Fenix Zone intercept of:
      • 220.0m at 0.72% CuEq from 1144.0m.
      • This intercept is 130m northwest from the Fenix Zone intersection in LHDH076.
  • Condor Zone
    • LHDH079 was drilled from north to south across the Condor Zone and returned 1,215.2m at 0.43% CuEq from 148.0m, including a Condor Zone intercept of:
      • 256.9m at 0.65% CuEq from 676.0m, and
      • 100.2m at 0.64% CuEq from 985.8m
    • LHDH082 was drilled into the northeast edge of the Condor Zone, intersecting 981.3m at 0.48% CuEq from 152m, including a Condor Zone intercept of:
      • 489.7m at 0.60% CuEq from 550.0m including a 142.0m higher-grade section from 826.0m which returned 0.73% CuEq.

Composited intervals are shown in the table below:

 Hole ID



Length (m)

Cu %

Au g/t

Ag g/t

CuEq %



















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*indicates interval within specified high-grade zone

LHDH079 was drilled along a north-south section of the Condor Zone, testing for the extension to depth of high-grade mineralization intersected in hole LHDH050.

The hole intersected a long interval of mineralized phreato-magmatic breccia with rhyodacite fragments in the upper part and quartz-feldspar porphyry fragments in the lower part.

Matrix supported hydrothermal breccias composed dominantly of pyrite-gypsum-tourmaline were intersected in the upper part of the hole. These breccias contain elevated gold values, including 12m (216m to 228m) at 0.85 g/t Au, and 40m (312m to 352m) at 1.16 g/t Au.

The Condor Zone was intersected from 676m to 1086m, with the highest copper and gold grades associated with chalcopyrite, minor pyrite, magnetite and anhydrite.  The zone was cut by a late-mineral dyke from 932.9m to 985.8m in this hole.  

LHDH081 was drilled to intersect the northern flank of the Fenix Zone, below the high copper and gold zone intersected in hole LHDH028.

The Fenix Zone was intersected over a 200m interval from 1144m to 1364m and consists of a clast-supported hydrothermal breccia with jigsaw texture and a matrix composed of anhydrite, chalcopyrite, quartz and biotite. The average grade of this interval is 0.63% Cu and 0.12 g/t Au. 

LHDH082 was drilled to investigate the eastern boundary of the high-grade copper-gold envelope of the Condor Zone. The drillhole intersected rhyodacite and mafic host rock in the upper segments followed by the main Condor Zone from 550m to 1039.7m.  The zone is comprised of a well-mineralized phreato-magmatic breccia with rhyodacite, gabbro-diorite and granite fragments. The sulphide mineralization shows a consistent increase in the chalcopyrite-pyrite ratio downwards including bornite occurrences at the bottom. The alteration also shows dominant chlorite-sericite assemblages at shallower levels, clearly overprinting potassic alteration at depth.

LHDH083 was drilled as a step out to the east of the discovery intersection of the Alicanto Zone in LHDH078.

The upper section intersected a long interval of phreato-magmatic breccia hosted by rhyodacite and cut by narrow intermineral feldspar porphyry dykes. The upper mineralization is pyrite-dominant with lesser chalcopyrite both as fine disseminations and irregular veins. Chalcopyrite increases from 504m coinciding with an increase in anhydrite veins. A 46m interval between 678m and 724m returned unusually high gold grades with moderate copper grades (average 0.96 g/t and 0.28% Cu) corresponding to late mineralization phases in the transition to epithermal mineralization.

The Alicanto Zone was intersected from 884m to 1006m with an average grade of 0.94% Cu and 0.14 g/t Au as dominantly coarse grained chalcopyrite in an anhydrite-matrix breccia.  Molybdenum grades are also elevated in this interval, averaging 190ppm.


Los Helados contains at least three distinct high-grade zones hosted within well-defined structural corridors that cross cut the large breccia body that hosts the deposit;  the Alicanto Zone, the Condor Zone, and the Fenix Zone. 

The current drilling program is focused on defining the geometry and size of the Alicanto and Fenix Zones. Holes currently in progress are outlined below:

Holes in Progress

LHDH081-2: Testing continuity and extension of the Fenix Zone at depth. 

LHDH084: Drilling from south to north to intersect the Fenix Zone.

LHDH085: Drilling from north to south to intersect the Fenix Zone.

LHDH086: Target 100m step-out to the west of the Alicanto Zone.


Four drills are active at Los Helados, supported by a directional drilling crew from STYR SpA, a leading provider of Devico directional drilling technology.  The primary objective of the drill program is  to define the size and geometry of the Alicanto and Fenix Zones which have excellent potential to add high-grade resources to the Los Helados deposit.  The Company is also carrying out a comprehensive geophysical program to assist in targeting higher grade mineralization including a 3D IP/Resistivity survey, a drone borne magnetics survey, and a magneto-telluric survey.


NGEx Minerals is a copper and gold exploration company based in Canada with projects in Chile and Argentina. NGEx Minerals holds the large-scale Los Helados copper-gold deposit, located in Chile's Region III, as well as the Potro Cliffs and Valle Ancho Projects located in Argentina. NGEx Minerals is the majority partner and operator for the Los Helados Project, subject to a Joint Exploration Agreement with Nippon Caserones Resources Co., Ltd. NGEx Minerals' near-term focus is on expanding the high grade core of Los Helados and drilling the Potro Cliffs target located between Los Helados and the Filo del Sol deposit. The Company is listed on the TSXV under the trading symbol "NGEX".


The scientific and technical disclosure for the Los Helados Project included in this news release have been reviewed and approved by Bob Carmichael, B.A.Sc., P.Eng. who is the Qualified Person as defined by NI  43-101. Mr. Carmichael is Vice President, Exploration for the Company.

Samples were cut at NGEx Resources' operations base in Copiapó, Chile by Company personnel. Diamond drill core was sampled in 2 metre intervals (except where shortened by geological contacts) using a rock saw. Core diameter is a mix of HQ and NQ depending on the depth of the drill hole. Samples were bagged and tagged and packaged for shipment by truck to the ALS preparation laboratory in Copiapó, Chile where they were crushed and a 500g split was pulverized to 85% passing 200 mesh. The prepared samples were sent to the ALS assay laboratories in either Lima, Peru or Santiago, Chile for copper, gold and silver assays, and multi-element ICP and sequential copper analyses. ALS is an accredited laboratory which is independent of the Company. Gold assays were by fire assay fusion with AAS finish on a 30g sample. Copper and silver were assayed by atomic absorption following a 4 acid digestion. Samples were also analyzed for a suite of 49 elements with ME-MS61 and a sequential copper leach analysis was completed on each sample with copper greater than 500ppm (0.05%). 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 are Quality Control samples. No data quality problems were indicated by the QA/QC program.

Mineralized zones within the Los Helados deposit are bulk porphyry-style zones and drilled widths are interpreted to be very close to true widths.

Copper Equivalent (CuEq) for drill intersections is calculated based on US$ 3.50/lb Cu, US$ 1,700/oz Au and US$ 20/oz Ag, with metallurgical recoveries of 88% for copper, 76% for gold and 60% for silver based on a comprehensive program of metallurgical testwork. The formula is: CuEq % = Cu % + (0.6117 * Au g/t) + (0.0057 * Ag g/t).


Neither the TSXV nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSXV) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this news release.

The information contained in this news release was accurate at the time of dissemination but may be superseded by subsequent news release(s). The Company is under no obligation nor does it intend to update or revise the forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

On behalf of NGEx Minerals,

Wojtek Wodzicki,
President and CEO

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Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements made and information contained herein in the news release constitutes "forward-looking information" and "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of applicable securities legislation (collectively, "forward-looking information"). All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this document constitute forward-looking information, including but not limited to, statements regarding: the nature and timing of the work to be undertaken to advance the Los Helados Project and the potential for the discovery of extensions of mineralized zones and new exploration targets; the ability of the Company to complete the planned program; the potential  of the current drill program to add higher grade material to the Los Helados resource; Words such as "plans", "expects" or "does not expect", "is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates" or "does not anticipate", or "believes", or variations of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events, conditions or results "will", "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will be taken", "occur" or "be achieved" or the negative connotations thereof and similar expressions identify forward-looking information.

Forward-looking information is necessarily based upon various estimates and assumptions including, without limitation, the expectations and beliefs of management regarding the nature, scope and timing of the work to be undertaken to advance the Los Helados Project.  While the Company anticipates completing its planned drill program, it may encounter unexpected drilling and other challenges, costs, or delays that could prevent the Company from completing the program on the expected timeline or at all.  Any future drilling is dependent on results from this year's program and  the Company securing additional funding.  This program could be delayed or not be carried out at all.   Although the Company believes that these factors and expectations are reasonable as at the date of this document in light of management's experience and perception of current conditions and expected developments, these statements are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. Known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements and undue reliance should not be placed on such statements and information. Such factors include, without limitation: the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic and the risk that an intensification of the pandemic or an outbreak at the project could impact the company's ability to carry out the program and could cause the program to be shut down, estimations of costs, and permitting time lines; ability to obtain environmental permits, surface rights and property interests in a timely manner; currency exchange rate fluctuations; requirements for additional capital; changes in the Company's share price; changes to government regulation of mining activities; environmental risks; unanticipated reclamation or remediation expenses; title disputes or claims; disputes with surface rights owners, limitations on insurance coverage, fluctuations in the current price of and demand for commodities; material adverse changes in general business and economic conditions in Chile; the availability of financing if and when needed on reasonable terms; risks related to material labour disputes, accidents, or failure of plant or equipment; and other risks, uncertainties and other factors identified in the Company's periodic filings with Canadian securities regulators which are available on SEDAR at under the Company's profile.

The forward-looking information contained in this news release is based on information available to the Company as at the date of this news release. Except as required under applicable securities legislation, the Company does not undertake any obligation to publicly update and/or revise any of the included forward-looking information, whether as a result of additional information, future events and/or otherwise. Forward-looking information is provided for the purpose of providing information about management's current expectations and plans and allowing investors and others to get a better understanding of the Company's operating environment. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that would cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking information, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated, or intended. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. All the forward-looking information contained in this document is qualified by these cautionary statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information due to the inherent uncertainty thereof.

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Information concerning the mineral properties of the Company contained in this news release has been prepared in accordance with the requirements of Canadian securities laws, which differ in material respects from the requirements of securities laws of the United States applicable to U.S. companies subject to the reporting and disclosure requirements of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

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