VANCOUVER, British Columbia – October 19, 2022 – New Pacific Metals Corp. (“New Pacific” or the “Company”) (TSX: NUAG; NYSE American: NEWP), together with its local Bolivian partner, reports assay results for 21 drill holes at its Carangas Silver-Gold Project, Oruro Department, Bolivia (the “Carangas Project” or the “Project”). Together with the first five holes released on July 13, 2022, and seven holes released on August 8, 2022, the assay results of the 33 holes from the 2022 drill program continue to intersect a broad, near surface silver horizon measuring approximately 1,000 metres (“m”) long, 800 m wide and up to 200 m thick, stacked over a broad bulk gold zone.
To date, 76 drill holes have been completed and assay results for the remaining 43 drill holes, including several deep holes targeting Carangas’ gold mineralization (samples analyzed by fire assay), are pending. Detailed results and drill hole specifications are provided in Tables 1 and 2.
Of the 21 holes detailed in this press release, 19 were drilled in the Central Valley and West Dome, all of which intersected the a broad, near surface silver horizon. In addition, two wildcat holes, DCAr0055 and DCAr0058, were drilled approximately 1,200 m north of the Central Valley and only intersected narrow silver mineralization.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE Near Surface Silver Horizon
Hole DCAr0077: 163.04 m interval (from 67.71 m to 230.75 m) grading 109 grams per tonne (“g/t”) silver (“Ag”), 0.34 percent (“%”) lead (“Pb”), and 0.8% zinc (“Zn”), including 47.09 m (from 67.71 m to 114.8 m) grading 288 g/t Ag, 0.85% Pb and 1.76% Zn;
Hole DCAr0056: 180.14 m interval (from 25.09 m to 205.23 m) grading 71 g/t Ag, 0.23% Pb and 0.75% Zn, including 50.6 m (from 25.09 m to 75.69 m) grading 166 g/t Ag, 0.43% Pb and 1.5% Zn;
Hole DCAr0057: 127.41 m interval (from 9.7 m to 137.11 m) grading 60 g/t Ag, 0.35 % Pb and 0.68% Zn, including 33.24 m (from 47.8 m to 81.04 m) grading 165 g/t Ag, 0.54% Pb and 1.0% Zn;
Hole DCAr0063: 100.4 m interval (from 29.0 m to 129.4 m) grading 104 g/t Ag, 0.26% Pb and 0.45% Zn, including 18.94 m (from 107.6 m to 126.54 m) grading 247 g/t Ag, 0.48% Pb, 0.21% Zn;
Hole DCAr0064: 220.85 m interval (from 16.7 m to 237.55 m) grading 50 g/t Ag, 0.34% Pb and 0.88% Zn, including 50.9 m (from 16.7 m to 67.6 m) grading 97 g/t Ag, 0.52% Pb and 0.83% Zn;
Hole DCAr0070: 128.53 m interval (from 11.32 m to 139.85 m) grading 83 g/t Ag, 0.4% Pb and 0.83% Zn, including 64.0 m (44.0 m to 108.0 m) grading 149 g/t Ag, 0.56% Pb and 1.33% Zn. The hole also intersected a deeper 8.13 m interval (from 207.8 m to 215.93 m) grading 629 g/t Ag, 0.58% Pb and 0.18% Zn; and
Hole DCAr0076: 127.82 m interval (from 29.0 m to 156.82 m) grading 63 g/t Ag, 0.68% Pb and 0.53% Zn, including 21.03 m (from 48.32 m to 69.35 m) grading 150 g/t Ag, 0.87% Pb and 0.72% Zn, and 7.13 m (from 98.57 m to 105.7 m) grading 315 g/t Ag, 2.5% Pb and 1.11% Zn.
- Drill hole location, altitude, azimuth, and dip are provided in Table 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.
- 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 Ag, US$0.95/lb for Pb, US$1.10/lb for Zn, US$3.40/lb for Cu, and US$1,600/oz for Au. The formula used for the AgEq calculation is as follows: AgEq = Ag 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.
- A cut-off of 20 g/t AgEq is applied to calculate the length-weighted intercept. At times, samples lower than 20 g/t AgEq may be included in the calculation of consolidation of mineralized intercepts.
- n/a stands for no fire assay of gold was carried out.
PROGRESS ON THE 2022 DRILLING PROGRAM
Five rigs are drilling at the Carangas project for the planned 40,000 m drill program in 2022 (36,012 m in 76 drill holes completed to date). The current program, which is expected to wrap up by mid-December, will constitute a drill grid of 50 m by 50 m to 100 m by 100 m and should be able to support an inaugural mineral resource estimate in 2023.
- Drill collar coordinate system is WGS1984 UTM Zone 19S
- Coordinate of drill collar is picked with Real Time Kinematics (RTK) GPS
- CV – Central Valley; WD – West Dome
Quality Assurance and Quality Control
The Company maintains tight sample security and QA/QC for all aspects of its exploration program at the Carangas Project. Drill core is logged, photographed and split on-site by the company and stored under secure conditions until being shipped in security-sealed bags by New Pacific staff in Company vehicles, directly from the project 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 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 first by ICP and 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 into normal drill core sample sequences prior to delivery to the 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 in Bolivia. The Company’s flagship Project, the Silver Sand Silver Project, is expected to deliver a new Mineral Resource Estimate Update and a PEA by the end of 2022. The recently discovered Carangas Silver-Gold Project is undergoing a 40,000 m drill program. The third project, the Silverstrike Silver-Gold Project, commenced a 6,000 m discovery drill program in June 2022 and discovered a near surface broad gold zone in its first hole drilled.
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