NGEx Resources Inc. ("NGEx" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that drilling is now underway at the Josemaria and Filo del Sol copper - gold - silver projects, located in San Juan province of Argentina. Two diamond drills are underway at Josemaria and two reverse circulation drills have begun work at Filo del Sol.
The 2013-2014 drill program at Josemaria is primarily designed to test for extensions to the high-grade supergene zone at the north end of the deposit. In addition, several holes are planned to test a larger area extending 500 metres to the north of the deposit. This area is overlain by leached capping (indicating oxidation of mineralized rock, potentially creating a buried supergene enrichment zone) and has an IP geophysical signature similar to the known mineralization. Drill hole JMDH19, located to the west of this area, intersected a narrow zone of supergene mineralization which is over 600 metres to the west of the main deposit.
This northern area is completely covered by overburden, and has potential to host a blind extension to the Josemaria deposit.
Two drills have been working at Josemaria since late November and assay results will be released once they are received. Samples from the project site will travel to Acme Analytical's prep lab in Mendoza for sample preparation prior to being shipped to their assay lab in Santiago, Chile which means that drill hole assays are expected to be available in late January. The planned program at Josemaria is expected to total approximately 4,000 metres. The program may be increased if warranted by results.
Filo del Sol
The program at Filo del Sol is designed to provide infill drilling into the previously identified shallow high-grade copper oxide and silver zone in order to provide sufficient data to complete an initial resource estimate for this zone. Approximately 8,000 metres of drilling is planned.
A secondary goal is to explore the area to the north of the current drilling, where the geological interpretation suggests the occurrence of a feeder zone to the stratabound mineralization. This feeder zone could contain significant gold and copper mineralization, as indicated by the two most northerly holes drilled to date which contain some of the best gold and copper intersections on the property (VRC28: 136m @ 0.71 g/t Au, 0.46% Cu (incl. 24m @ 2.14 g/t Au, 0.94% Cu) and VRC35: 126m @ 0.69 g/t Au, 0.50% Cu (incl. 10m @ 3.66 g/t Au, 0.28% Cu) - both previously released). This mineralization remains completely open to the north, east and west, and both holes ended in good grades.
Drilling on both projects is expected to continue into February or March, depending on productivity and results, following a two week break over Christmas.
NGEX is a Canadian mineral exploration company with exploration projects in Chile, Argentina, and Canada. The Company's shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "NGQ". The Company's focus is on advancing its Vicuña Project which includes several large copper-gold systems including the Josemaria, Los Helados, and Filo del Sol projects, located on a contiguous land package that the Company holds in Chile's Region III and adjacent San Juan Province, Argentina. Los Helados and Filo del Sol are part of a joint venture in which the Company holds 60% and Pan Pacific Copper Co., Ltd. holds 40%. Josemaria is part of a joint venture in which the Company holds 60% and Japan Oil, Gas, and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) owns 40%. In addition to the Vicuña Project the Company holds an extensive portfolio of 100% owned early stage exploration projects located in Chile and Argentina. It also owns a 100% interest in the GJ copper and gold project located in British Columbia Canada. The GJ project is optioned to Teck Resources who are earning up to a 75% interest.
On behalf of the board
Wojtek Wodzicki, President and CEO
Qualified Person and Assay Protocols
Mr. Bob Carmichael, B.A.Sc, P.Eng., is the Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101. Mr. Carmichael is Vice President, Exploration for the Company and has reviewed and approved the technical information contained in this news release.