June 14th, 2018 Rockport, Canada – New Age Metals Inc. (TSX.V: NAM; OTCQB: NMTLF; FSE: P7J.F) is pleased to announce that through its Lithium Division, Lithium Canada Developments (LCD) and joint venture partner, Azincourt Energy, that field exploration is proceeding and underway on the Lithium Two Project in southeast Manitoba.
The field crews have nearly completed the first phase of the 2018 surface field exploration on the Lithium Two Project (see figure 1). This project is situated in the active Cat Lake region of southeast Manitoba. The project contains several known lithium-bearing pegmatites (Figure 2) with the Eagle Pegmatite being the largest known to date.
Historical drilling (43-101 non-compliant) of the Eagle Pegmatite in 1947 reported, 545,000 tonnes of 1.4% Li2O drilled to 60 meters and opened along strike and to depth. Management feels based on the geological history of the project that it is drill ready but also felt a field review and geological mapping programs and on this large pegmatite would better help our technical team define the existing summer drill targets.
Given the fact The Eagle Pegmatite is traceable on surface up to approximately 1100 meters and up to 12 meters wide. NAM completed a detailed exploration program of the surface pegmatites in 2016 which returned assays up to 3.04% for LiO2 for the Eagle Pegmatite and 2.08% from the FD5 Pegmatite. The 2018 field program consisted of sampling, prospecting and mapping. Assays will be sent out after the completion of field work on the project. Surface exploration will continue onto other Lithium Projects in the joint venture. Drilling is slated for summer 2018.
All eight Lithium Projects in the option/joint venture are located in the Winnipeg River-Cat Lake Pegmatite Field. This field hosts the world-class Tanco Pegmatite that has been mined for Tantalum, Cesium and Spodumene (one of the primary Lithium ore minerals) in varying capacities, since 1969 at the Tanco Mine. The Tanco Pegmatite is a highly fractionated Lithium-Cesium-Tantalum (LCT Type) pegmatite and numerous other Lithium-bearing pegmatites exist in the Pegmatite Field. The LCT-type pegmatites can contain large amounts of Spodumene (one of the primary ores used in hard rock Lithium extraction) and are a primary geological target in hard rock Lithium exploration. They also can contain economic qualities of Tantalum and Cesium as well as other Lithium bearing minerals such as Mica.
Figure 1: Lithium Canada Development Southeast Manitoba Project Claim Outline: The Option/Joint Venture is the largest claim holder of Lithium Projects in the Winnipeg River Pegmatite Field with over 14,000 hectares (34,800 acres). Many of the projects have excellent infrastructure and a good ease of access.
Figure 2: Geology Map of the Lithium Two Project
ABOUT NAM’S PGM DIVISION
NAM’s flagship project is its 100% owned River Valley PGM Project (NAM Website – River Valley Project) in the Sudbury Mining District of Northern Ontario (100 km east of Sudbury, Ontario). Presently the River Valley Project is North America’s largest undeveloped primary PGM deposit with Measured + Indicated resources of 160 million tones @ 0.44 g/t Palladium, 0.17 g/t Platinum, 0.03 g/t Gold, with a total metal grade of 0.64 g/t at a cut-off grade of 0.4 g/t equating to 3,297,173 ounces PGM plus Gold and 4,626,250 PdEq Ounces (Table 1). This equates to 4,626,250 PdEq ounces M+I and 2,713,933 PdEq ounces in inferred (see May 8th, 2018 press release). Having completed a 2018 NI-43-101 resource update the company is finalizing its 2018 exploration programs which will include geophysics, and extensive drill programs, which are all working towards the completion of a Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA). Our objective is to develop a series of open pits (bulk mining) over the 16 kilometers of mineralization, concentrate on site, and ship the concentrates to the long-established Sudbury Metallurgical Complex. On May 23rd, 2018, NAM’s board approved a Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) on River Valley Platinum Group Metals Project’s. Management is currently finalizing its selection of a 3rd party engineering company to complete this PEA. This will be the first economic study on the project. Alaska: April 4th, 2018, NAM signed an agreement with one of Alaska’s top geological consulting companies. The companies stated objective is to acquire additional PGM and Rare Metal projects in Alaska. On April 18th, 2018, NAM announced the right to purchase 100% of the Genesis PGM Project, NAM’s first Alaskan PGM acquisition related to the April 4th agreement. The Genesis PGM Project is a road accessible, under explored, highly prospective, multi-prospect drill ready Pd-Pt-Ni-Cu property.
The results of the new resource estimation are tabulated in Table 1 below (0.4 PdEq cut-off).
|Pd (g/t)||Pt (g/t)||Rh (g/t)||Au (g/t)||Cu (%)||Ni (%)||Co (%)||PdEq (g/t)|
|Total Meas +Ind||160,732.7||0.44||0.17||0.02||0.03||0.05||0.01||0.002||0.90|
|Class||PGM + Au (oz)||PdEq (oz)||PtEq (oz)||AuEq (oz)|
|Total Meas +Ind||3,297,173||4,626,250||4,626,250||2,600,724|
- CIM definition standards were followed for the resource estimation.
- The 2018 resource models used Ordinary Krig grade estimation within a three-dimensional block model with mineralized zones defined by wireframed solids.
- A base cut-off grade of 0.4 % g/t PdEq was used for reporting resources.
- Palladium Equivalent (PdEq) calculated using (US$): $1,000/oz Pd, $1,000/oz Pt, $1,350/oz Au, $1750/oz Rh, $3.20/lb Cu, $5.50/lb Ni, $36/lb Co.
- Numbers may not add exactly due to rounding.
- Mineral Resources that are not mineral reserves do not have economic viability
- The quantity and grade of reported inferred resources in this estimation are uncertain in nature and there has been insufficient exploration to define these inferred resources as an indicated or measured mineral resource and it is uncertain if further exploration will result in upgrading them to an indicated or measured mineral resource category.
ABOUT NAM’S LITHIUM DIVISION
The summer exploration plan has begun for the company’s Lithium Division. NAM has 100% ownership of eight pegmatite hosted Lithium Projects in the Winnipeg River Pegmatite Field, located in SE Manitoba, with focus on Lithium bearing pegmatites. Three of the projects are drill ready. This Pegmatite Field hosts the world class Tanco Pegmatite that has been mined for Tantalum, Cesium and Spodumene (one of the primary Lithium ore minerals) in varying capacities, since 1969. NAM’s Lithium Projects are strategically situated in this prolific Pegmatite Field. Presently, NAM is the largest mineral claim holder for Lithium and Rare Metal projects in the Winnipeg River Pegmatite Field.
Lithium Canada Development is a 100% owned subsidiary of New Age Metals (NAM) who presently has an agreement with Azincourt Energy Corporation (AAZ) whereby AAZ will now commit on its first year a minimum of $600,000 in 2018. In its initial earn in AAZ may earn up to 50%, of the eight Lithium projects that are 100% owned by NAM. AAZ’s 50% exploration expenditure earn in is approximately $2.850 million and should they continue with their option they must issue up to 1.75 million shares of AAZ to NAM. NAM has a 2% royalty on each of eight Lithium Projects in this large pegmatite field. For additional information on the NAM/AAZ option/joint-venture and recent acquisitions (see the news releases dated Jan 15, 2018, May 2, 2018, May 10, 2018).
The contents contained herein that relate to Exploration Results or Mineral Resources is based on information compiled, reviewed or prepared by Carey Galeschuk, a consulting geoscientist for New Age Metals. Mr. Galeschuk is the Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and has reviewed and approved the technical content of this news release.
On behalf of the Board of Directors
Harry G. Barr
Chairman and CEO
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