Exeter Resource Corporation

Exeter Resource Corporation

October 17, 2006 03:05 ET

Exeter Resource Corporation: Update on La Cabeza Gold Project Development Program

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 17, 2006) - Exeter Resource Corporation (TSX VENTURE:XRC)(FWB:EXB) provides the following update on the progress of ongoing development activity at its La Cabeza gold project, in Argentina.

Highlights include:

- The commencement of drilling to establish a project water supply.

- The continuation of metallurgical and engineering studies, ahead of a decision in early 2007 to proceed on a final feasibility study.

- The pending completion, this year, of most of the project's baseline environmental studies.


A large-capacity, Schramm drill rig has arrived at La Cabeza. The rig is of sufficient size to evaluate an identified aquifer that is believed to be sufficient to provide a sustainable water supply to a mining operation of up to two million tonnes of ore per annum. On completion of this one-month program, the drill will move on to the Cuello, Mandibula and Ojo zones to test deeper sections of the deposits.

Metallurgy and Pit Design

The metallurgical testing program has resumed, based on the 114 diamond drill holes (12,670 metres) completed since July 2005. A detailed intercept analysis of 104 drill intercepts representing +1000 metres of mineralized material is underway. Drill core sampling is continuing, ahead of definitive crushing, grinding and metallurgical testing by JK Tech and other laboratories in Australia.

Rock strength testing is progressing on diamond drill cores to establish a geotechnical database for open pit design purposes. The engineering firm A. Karzulovic & Asociados Ltda. (AKL), of Chile, is overseeing the program.


Independent environmental consultants Consultores Independientes Socio Ambiente (CISA), of Mendoza, Argentina, have completed a further program including community profiles and the collection of winter soil and water samples as part of the ongoing La Cabeza baseline environmental studies. Sustainability, land use potential, landscape analysis, archaeological and palaeontological studies are continuing. Ongoing assessments include dust, noise, water level, water quality and limnology monitoring through the coming growth season. In addition, a community-based program has been established to cultivate native plants for rehabilitation of disturbed land. This program will be carried out with assistance from the Argentinean national research organization, CRICYT.

The appointment of an independent expert to coordinate the final work program to be incorporated into a Social and Environmental Impact Assessment is imminent. This early appointment will facilitate the integration of the engineering and environmental aspects of the final study.


An external review of the available power options for the project at different throughput levels has been commissioned and is well under way. The study is being carried out by Ingenieria Penta Sur S.A, an experienced Argentinean engineering and construction company who have recently completed similar studies for other mineral developments in Argentina.

Quality Control and Assurance

Jerry Perkins a "qualified person" within the definition of that term in National Instrument 43-101, Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects, has supervised the preparation of the technical information contained in this news release.

About Exeter

Exeter is a technically-advanced, Canadian gold exploration company, focused on the discovery and development of epithermal gold-silver properties in Argentina and Chile.

At its advanced La Cabeza gold project in Argentina, four drills are currently operating to verify and extend gold and silver resources. Other ongoing project development activities include engineering, metallurgical, hydrological, and environmental studies.

In the prospective, Patagonia region of Argentina, Exeter has a strategic agreement with Cerro Vanguardia S.A. over 12 epithermal gold and silver properties in Santa Cruz, Rio Negro and Chubut provinces. Current exploration is focusing on detailing vein extensions, under extensive sand and gravel cover, at Cerro Moro, ahead of further drilling planned for final quarter this year.

In Chile, Exeter is prospecting some 48 gold, silver and copper targets under a strategic agreement with Rio Tinto Mining and Exploration Limited.

In the Maricunga district of Chile, Exeter has a strategic agreement with Minera Anglo American Chile Limitada and Empresa Minera Mantos Blancos S.A. on the Caspiche epithermal gold property.

You are invited to visit the Exeter web site at www.exeterresource.com.


Bryce Roxburgh, President and CEO

Safe Harbour Statement - This news release may contain certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 referring to Exeter's exploration plans and expectations for advancing its exploration properties. These statements reflect our current belief and are based upon currently available information. Actual results could differ materially from those described in this news release as a result of numerous factors, some of which are outside of the control of Exeter.

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Contact Information

  • Exeter Resource Corporation
    Bryce Roxburgh
    (604) 688-9592 or Toll Free: 1-888-688-9592
    Exeter Resource Corporation
    Rob Grey
    Investor Relations
    (604) 688-9592 or Toll Free: 1-888-688-9592
    Email: exeter@exeterresource.com
    Website: www.exeterresource.com