VANCOUVER, British Columbia – February 23, 2022 – New Pacific Metals Corp. (“New Pacific” or the “Company”) (TSX: NUAG; NYSE American: NEWP), together with its local Bolivian partner, announce the assay results of an additional eight drill holes from the Discovery Drill Program completed in 2021 at the Carangas Silver-Gold Project, Oruro Department, Bolivia (the “Carangas Project” or the “Project”). To date, assay results of 25 drill holes have been received, with the remaining 10 drill holes pending. All drill holes with assay results intersected silver-rich polymetallic mineralization near surface with some deep holes intersecting a wide zone of gold mineralization below.
The drill holes with assay results disclosed in this news release are relatively shallow in depth and intersected broad silver-rich mineralization near surface; for example, drill hole DCAr0019 which intersected an interval of 173.17 metres (“m”) from 9.67 m grading 102 grams per tonne (“g/t”) silver (“Ag”), 0.77% lead (“Pb”) and 1.13% zinc (“Zn”). Drill hole DCAr0020 is the only deep drill hole from this news release and intersected an interval of 322.91 m from 327.09 m to 650.00 m grading 1.03 g/t gold (“Au”) and 12 g/t Ag mineralization at depth.
· Drill hole DCAr0020 intersected an interval of 139.96 m (from 12.04 m to 152.00 m) grading 34 g/t Ag, 0.33% Pb and 0.94% Zn, and a second interval of 322.91 m (from 327.09 m to 650.00 m) grading 1.03 g/t Au and 12 g/t Ag, including a high grade interval of 141.11 m (from 478.00 m to 619.11 m) grading 1.78 g/t Au and 12 g/t Ag (Table 1 and Photo 1).
DCAr0020 was collared on Section 20, which is 200 m west of Section 24 (Figure 1 and Table 2) where holes DCAr0015 and DCAr0016 also intersected near-surface silver-rich zone of mineralization on top of a broad zone of gold mineralization (news release February 10, 2022). Please see Section 24 with projection of DCAr0020 (Figure 2).
· Drill hole DCAr0019 intersected an interval of 292.22 m (from 9.67 m to 301.89 m) grading 62 g/t Ag, 0.02 g/t Au, 0.56% Pb, and 0.85% Zn, which includes a high-grade interval of 173.17 m (from 9.67 m to 182.84 m) grading 102 g/t Ag, 0.77% Pb and 1.13% Zn for a silver equivalent of 166 g/t (Photo 2).
DCAr0019, together with holes DCAr0022, DCAr0023, DCAr0024, and DCAr0035, were drilled approximately 100 m to the east of Section 24 and all intersected near surface silver mineralization, but only DCAr0024 intersected favourable mineralization at depth for which fire assay results for gold are pending. All other holes on the section may not be deep enough to intersect gold mineralization at depth.
· Drill hole DCAr0025 intersected an interval of 82.76 m (from 4.70 m to 87.46 m) grading 68 g/t Ag, 0.81% Pb and 0.10% Zn, including a high-grade interval of 34.59 m (from 32.35 m to 66.94 m) grading 138 g/t Ag and 1.05% Pb.
DCAr0025, together with holes DCAr0018 and DCAr0021 were drilled from the West Dome (Figure 1, Table 2) at elevations of 4,012 m to 4,036 m, also intersected multiple historical underground mining voids with an aggregate length of 10.7 m without core recovery.
Drilling Plan for year 2022
The Company has commenced a resource definition drilling program at Carangas Project with two drill rigs currently and a third rig to be added after the end of the rainy season in March. An initial 30,000 m drill program has been planned for this year which could be extended to 40,000 m or more if on-going drill results continue to be encouraging.
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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