Significant Infill Intercepts
231 m of 0.97% Cu, including 188 m of 1.09% Cu (AZ22182A)
550 m of 0.50% Cu, including 216 m of 0.72% Cu (AZ23196)
TORONTO, May 04, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — McEwen Copper Inc., 52%-owned by McEwen Mining Inc.
(NYSE: MUX) (TSX: MUX), today reports the latest assay results from Los Azules, where an ongoing infill drilling program continues to delineate copper mineralization in the core of the deposit. Infill drilling serves several purposes: providing better data density to upgrade confidence in the mineral resources, providing material and data for metallurgical, geotechnical, and hydrological studies, and potentially defining higher grade mineralization by drilling inclined holes across vertical structures (such as breccias).
Located in San Juan, Argentina, the Los Azules Project has many features comparable to world-class copper-gold deposits in South America, including a thick blanket of higher-grade Enriched mineralization.
- Hole AZ22182A intercepted an Enriched zone of 231 m of 0.97% Cu (est. true thickness) and a Primary zone with mineralization that remains “open” at depth.
- Hole AZ23196, returned an overall intercept of 550 m of 0.50% Cu (est. true thickness) and included 216 m of 0.72% Cu within the Enriched zone portion.
- Drilling completed during the current season to April 30th stands at 32,758 m in 125 holes, having exceeded the 25,000 meters initially planned. Drilling will continue until the end of the field season in May and will resume in October, at the end of winter in Argentina.
“It is remarkable to think that 30% of the total number of meters drilled into our Los Azules deposit were completed in the past seven months,” commented Michael Meding, Vice President and General Manager of McEwen Copper. “It’s a credit to our dedicated team from San Juan.”
Table 1 summarizes recent copper (Cu), gold (Au) and silver (Ag) assay results.
Figure 1 presents a plan view of the location of four sections and the holes reported. Adjacent cross sections are located 50 m apart from each other, starting with the lowest numbered section at the south end of the deposit and progressing to the north.
Table 1 – Recent Los Azules Drilling Results
|Enriched||55.0||286.0||231.0||0.97||0.09||1.46||Incl. 188 m of 1.09% Cu|
|Enriched||64.5||186.0||121.5||0.48||0.05||1.37||Incl. 98 m of 0.59% Cu|
|Enriched||60.0||546.0||486.0||0.52||0.06||1.38||Incl. 216 m of 0.72% Cu|
|Primary||270.0||464.5||194.5||0.59||0.07||1.64||Incl. 96 m of 0.82% Cu|
|Enriched||61.0||469.0||408.0||0.56||0.08||2.54||Incl. 176 m of 0.8% Cu|
|Enriched||74.0||496.0||422.0||0.47||0.16||1.85||Incl. 176 m of 0.55% Cu|
|Enriched||88.0||260.0||172.0||0.34||0.01||0.25||Incl. 106 m of 0.41% Cu|
Results are summarized in four schematic cross sections (Figures 2 to 5), which include simplified interpretations of the Overburden, Leached, Enriched and Primary zones. The Enriched mineral zone refers to the enrichment of a copper deposit by precipitation-derived water circulation that carries copper minerals downward through the rocks to accumulate in a thick, often horizontal “blanket”. Immediately above the Enriched zone is the Leached zone, from which copper was removed and transported. Weathering and oxidation often aid in this process. Below the Enriched zone, the Primary (or Hypogene) zone is formed by ascending copper-rich thermal fluids having a much deeper magmatic origin. The green line indicates the pit floor of the 30-year pit shell from the 2017 NI 43-101 Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA).
Figure 1 – Plan View Location of Cross-sections and Drill Holes in the Deposit
Figure 2 highlights a 231 m interval in the Enriched zone grading 0.97% Cu (AZ22182A), including 188 m grading 1.09% Cu within the center of the section. Drilling on this section is more limited laterally and has not tested the Primary zone beyond a 16.6 m interval, which graded 0.55% Cu. The interpretation of the mineral zones is supported by the definition drilling completed 50 m away on Section 36 (not shown) during the 2022 portion of the program.
Figure 2 – Section 35 – Drilling, Mineralized Zones and 30-year PEA Pit (Looking North)
Figure 3 – Section 43 – Drilling, Mineralized Zones and 30-year PEA Pit (Looking North)
Figure 3 presents an overall 550 m intercept of 0.50% Cu (AZ23196). Its Enriched zone measures 486 m of 0.52% Cu, including a 216 m sub-interval of 0.72% Cu. These values correlate well with nearby holes, such as AZ22176 with 226 m grading 0.87% Cu (including 96 m grading 1.13% Cu) and hole AZ22169, with 262 m grading 0.55% Cu (including 74 m grading 0.93% Cu). Both intervals correspond to the Enriched zone, which is interpreted to have a true thickness of 200 m to 250 m. Copper mineralization is tested with limited drilling at depth on this section.
Figure 4 highlights 186 m grading 0.52% Cu, including 78 m of 0.64% Cu (AZ23201) in the Enriched zone. The hole continues in the Primary zone with a 195 m section grading 0.59 % Cu and remains open at depth. The nearby previously released hole AZ22171 showcases 341 m grading 0.53% Cu, including 88 m grading 1.06% Cu in the Enriched zone and the hole ending in 35.2 m grading 0.27% Cu in the Primary zone.
Figure 4 – Section 45 – Drilling, Mineralized Zones and 30-year PEA Pit (Looking North)
Figure 5 profiles hole AZ23198 in the Enriched zone with a 408 m interval grading 0.56% Cu, including 176 m with 0.80% Cu. When compared with nearby hole AZ1060A with a significant 211 m section grading 0.55% Cu, hole AZ23198 shows higher initial grades at the top of the Enriched zone.
Figure 5 – Section 47 – Drilling, Mineralized Zones and 30-year PEA Pit (Looking North)
The technical content of this press release has been reviewed and approved by Stephen McGibbon, P. Geo., McEwen Mining’s Senior Consulting Geologist, and a qualified person as defined by NI 43-101.
All samples were collected in accordance with generally accepted industry standards. Drill core samples, usually taken at 2 m intervals, were split and submitted to the Alex Stewart International laboratory located in the Province of Mendoza, Argentina, for the following assays: gold determination using fire fusion assay and an atomic absorption spectroscopy finish (Au4-30); a 39 multi-element suite using ICP-OES analysis (ICP-AR 39); copper content determination using a sequential copper analysis (Cu-Sequential LM-140). An additional 19-element analysis (ICP-ORE) was performed for samples with high sulphide content.
The company conducts a Quality Assurance/Quality Control program in accordance with NI 43-101 and industry best practices using a combination of standards and blanks on approximately one out of every 25 samples. Results are monitored as final certificates are received, and any re-assay requests are sent back immediately. Pulp and preparation sample analyses are also performed as part of the QAQC process. Approximately 5% of the sample pulps are sent to a secondary laboratory for control purposes. In addition, the laboratory performs its own internal QAQC checks, with results made available on certificates for Company review.
Link to drill results, locations and lengths of drillhole collars corresponding to January 2023 through April 2023 at Los Azules:
Table 2 – Hole Locations and Lengths for Los Azules Drilling Results
|HOLE-ID||Azimuth||Dip||Length||Loc X||Loc Y||Loc Z|
|Coordinates listed in Table 2 based on Gauss Kruger – POSGAR 94 Zone 2|
ABOUT MCEWEN MINING
McEwen Mining is a gold and silver producer with operations in Nevada, Canada, Mexico and Argentina. In addition, it has large exposure to copper through its 52% ownership of McEwen Copper which owns the large, advanced stage Los Azules copper project in Argentina. The Company’s goal is to improve the productivity and extend the life of its mines with the objective of increasing its share value and price and providing a yield. Rob McEwen, Chairman and Chief Owner, has personal investment in the company of US$220 million. His annual salary is US$1.
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