VANCOUVER, British Columbia – February 10, 2022 – New Pacific Metals Corp. (“New Pacific” or the “Company”) (TSX: NUAG; NYSE American: NEWP), together with its local Bolivian partner, announces the receipt of assay results from six additional drill holes from the Discovery Drill Program completed in 2021 at the Carangas Silver Project, Oruro Department, Bolivia (the “Carangas Project” or the “Project”). To date, assay results of 17 drill holes have been received, with the remaining 18 drill holes awaiting additional analysis, specifically fire assay for gold. All seventeen drill holes intercepted near surface silver rich polymetallic mineralization.
· An expansive, near-surface silver-rich zone of mineralization is stacked above a broad zone of gold mineralization.
· Drill hole DCAr0016 intersected a 148.48 metre (“m”) interval (starting at just 8.7 m depth) grading 78 g/t Ag and 2.07% Pb+Zn and overlying a 453 m interval grading 0.49 g/t Au, including 95 m of 1.14 g/t Au and 31 g/t Ag, within which a 10.3 m interval assayed 5.66 g/t Au and 152 g/t Ag.
The six holes, DCAr0012, DCAr0013, DCAr0014, DCAr0015, DCAr0016, and DCAr0017, listed in Table 1 below, together with previously released holes DCAr0010 and DCAr0011 are drilled in the Central Valley in the middle of the Carangas Project (Figure 1) along a near north-south cross section (Figure 2, Section 24). The drill section is believed to be perpendicular to the east-west mineralization trend. The assay results of these eight drill holes along Section 24 have clearly defined a broad, near surface horizon of silver-lead-zinc mineralization ranging from tens of metres to over 100 m in thickness and a width of nearly 700 m (Figure 1).
In addition to the near surface broad silver-rich mineralization, four deeper drill holes, namely DCAr0013, DCAr0014, DCAr0015 and DCAr0016 all intercepted a broad zone of gold mineralization below the silver horizon.
Drill hole DCAr0016 is entirely mineralized from surface to the end of hole at 630.35 m. From 8.7 m to 157.18 m, the hole intersected a 148.8 m silver rich interval grading 78 g/t Ag, 0.81% Pb, and 1.26% Zn (147 g/t AgEq), followed by a 19.89 m interval from 157.18 m to 177 m grading 29 g/t Ag, 0.3% Pb, 0.7% Zn, 0.06% Cu, and 0.17 g/t Au (79 g/t AgEq). Further down hole, from 177.07 m to 630.35 m, a 453.28 m interval of gold-dominated mineralization grading 0.49 g/t Au, 12 g/t Ag, 0.1% Pb, 0.14% Zn, and 0.04% Cu was encountered, including a 95 m higher grade gold interval grading 1.14 g/t Au, 31 g/t Ag (121 g/t AgEq) from 535.35 m to 630.35 m, and a sub-interval of 10.32 m grading 5.66 g/t Au and 152 g/t Ag (559 g/t AgEq) from 557.08 m to 567.40 m.
Drill hole DCAr0015 is located about 100 m north of hole DCAr0016 and was completed to depth 600 m. From 79.87 m to 138.5 m, it returned a 58.63 m interval grading 53 g/t Ag, 0.95% Pb, and 1.58% Zn (138 g/t AgEq), then followed by 342.92 m interval of gold mineralization grading 0.55 g/t Au, 12 g/t Ag, 0.15% Pb, 0.21% Zn, and 0.05% Cu from 190.44 m to 533.36 m down hole, which includes an interval of 86.41 m grading 1.03 g/t Au, 26 g/t Ag, and 0.07% Cu (112 g/t AgEq) from 446.95 m to 533.36 m including a sub-interval of 8.66 m grading 6.38 g/t Au, 182 g/t Ag, and 0.39% Cu from 497.54 m to 506.20 m.
1. Drill location, altitude, azimuth, and dip of drill holes are provided in Table 2.
2. Drill intercept is core length, and grade is length weighted. True width of mineralization is unknown due to early stage of exploration without adequate drill data.
3. Calculation of silver equivalent (“AgEq”) is based on the long-term median of the August 2021 Street Consensus Commodity Price Forecasts, which are US$22.50/oz for silver (“Ag”), US$0.95/lb for lead (“Pb”), US$1.10/lb for zinc (“Zn”), US$3.40/lb for copper (“Cu”), and US$1,600/oz for gold (Au). The formula used for the AgEq calculation is as follows: AgEq= Ag grams per tonne (“g/t”) + Pb g/t * 0.0029 + Zn g/t * 0.00335 + Cu g/t * 0.01036 + Au g/t * 71.1111. This calculation assumes 100% recovery. Due to the early stage of the Project, the Company has not yet completed metallurgical test work on the mineralization encountered to date.
4. A cut-off of 20 g/t AgEq is applied for calculation of length-weighted intercept. At times, samples lower than 20 g/t AgEq may be included in the calculation of consolidation of mineralized intercepts.
5. For holes DCAr0014 and DCAr0017, gold values are results of semi quantitative ICP analysis, with fire assay results pending.
Silver and gold mineralization zoning from the Discovery Drilling in the Central Valley
The near-surface silver-rich mineralization is controlled by dense mineralized fractures which generally strike in northwest to west direction, and mostly dip south at high angles, continuing to a depth of 100 m to 200 m, and stretching a width of at least 700 m from north to south as shown in Section 24. Mineralization continues to depth, with the amount of silver-lead-zinc sulfides decreasing, but the amount of chalcopyrite increasing to a depth up to 700 m with the lower limit not yet defined by drilling, indicating a potentially a large silver and gold mineralized system of zonation with depth.
The chalcopyrite mineralization occurs in the form of veins and veinlets generally associated with drusy quartz, and usually carries gold mineralization evidenced by the assay results of the long holes DCAr0013 to DCAr0016. In addition to the vein type mineralization, weakly to moderately disseminated pyrite and sphalerite are common in all drill holes. Common alteration associated both in the silver and gold zones include sericitic and argillic alteration with chloritic alteration in peripheral area, and silicification occurs as selvage near mineralized veins and veinlets. Chalcopyrite mineralization is generally associated with gold, though some high grade gold intervals carry little or no chalcopyrite (see Photos 1 & 2).
Drilling Plan for year 2022
Encouraged by the successful Discovery Drilling in 2021, the Company plans to initiate a resource definition drilling program at Carangas Project in 2022. An initial 30,000 m drill program has been budgeted for this year and the Company will review the drill program from time to time which could be extended to 40,000 m or more if on-going drill results continue to be encouraging. Currently, the resource definition drilling has commenced with two rigs operating on site, and a third one may be added in due course after the rainy season.
1. Drill collar coordinate system is WGS1984 UTM Zone 19S.
2. Coordinate of drill collar is picked with Real Time Kinematics (RTK) GPS.
Quality Assurance and Quality Control
All samples in respect of the exploration program at the Carangas Project, conducted by the Company and discussed in this news release, are shipped in securely-sealed bags by New Pacific staff in the Company’s vehicles, directly from the field to ALS Global in Oruro, Bolivia for preparation, and ALS Global in Lima, Peru for geochemical analysis. ALS Global is an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory independent from New Pacific. All samples are first analyzed by a multi-element ICP package (ALS code ME-MS41) with ore grade over specified limits for silver, lead and zinc further analyzed using ALS code OG46. Further silver samples over specified limits are analyzed by gravimetric analysis (ALS code of GRA21). Gold is assayed firstly by ICP method then by fire assay with AAS finish (ALS code of Au-AA25). Certified reference materials, various types of blank samples and duplicate samples are inserted to normal drill core sample sequences prior to delivery to laboratory for preparation and analysis. The overall ratio of quality control samples in sample sequences is around twenty percent.
The scientific and technical information contained in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Alex Zhang, P. Geo., Vice President of Exploration, who is a Qualified Person for the purposes of National Instrument 43-101 — Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”). The Qualified Person has verified the information disclosed herein, including the sampling, preparation, security and analytical procedures underlying such information, and is not aware of any significant risks and uncertainties that could be expected to affect the reliability or confidence in the information discussed herein.
ABOUT NEW PACIFIC
New Pacific is a Canadian exploration and development company with precious metal projects, including the flagship Silver Sand Project, the Silverstrike Project and the Carangas Project, all of which are located in Bolivia. The Company is focused on progressing the development of the Silver Sand Project, while growing its Mineral Resources through the exploration and acquisition of properties in the Americas.
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