International Enexco Limited

International Enexco Limited

February 14, 2012 08:00 ET

International Enexco Drill Results from Contact Copper Project, Nevada

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 14, 2012) - International Enexco Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:IEC)(OTCQX:IEXCF)(FRANKFURT:IE6) -

  • 0.92% Cu over 45 feet (13.7 m) in hole ENR-3
  • 0.43% Cu over 55 feet (16.7 m) in hole ENR-6
  • 0.24% Cu over 130 feet (39.6 m) in hole ENR-8
  • Drill program increased to 30,000 feet (9,144 m)
  • 23,000 feet (7,010 m) of the drill program completed

International Enexco Ltd. (the "Company" or "Enexco") is pleased to announce drill results from the first twelve reverse circulation (RC) drill holes assayed from the Contact Copper Project, situated in northeast Elko County, Nevada. Drilling in the program began at the eastern end of the Company's private land holdings, in an area 1,000 feet (305 m) east from drill hole EN-149 (185 feet (56.4 m) of 0.25% Cu) that was drilled in 2010 (see map). The Contact Copper Project is 100% owned by Enexco.

The Company commenced the program in November 2011 utilizing two contract drill rigs. The 20,000 foot (6,100 m) drill program was planned to upgrade resources and test exploration potential east of the current reserve base. Based upon results, the program has been expanded to 30,000 feet (9,144 m). To date in the program, 43 reverse circulation holes and 7 core holes have been completed for a total of 23,000 feet (7,010 m) of drilling.

"The results so far from the drilling program are most encouraging," said Enexco President and CEO, Arnold Armstrong. "The program appears to be adding to the minable portion of the Contact deposit in the area east of our existing reserves, and confirms that the land acquisition we made last year was the right move for the project."

The Company's drilling at the Contact Copper Project has identified a zone of oxide copper mineralization extending east from the current reserve base over a 3,000 foot length (914 m). The zone is hosted by granodiorite intrusive rocks and is not exposed on the easternmost end where it is overlain by younger volcanic rocks and colluvial sediments. The mineralized zone appears to be parallel to the oxide zones to the west, and is interpreted to be a tabular zone that dips to the south.

The results reported today are reverse circulation holes that were drilled to average depth of 500 feet (152 m), and angled 60-degrees northward to crosscut the presumed south-dipping zone. All 12 holes hit intervals of copper grading above 0.10% Cu. Hole ENR-3 encountered two intervals, the shallower of which was 45 feet (13.7 m) of 0.92% Cu. Drill hole ENR-8 encountered two intervals, the shallower of which was 130 feet (39.6 m) of 0.24% Cu. On the north edge of the area, hole ENR-6 encountered 55 feet (16.8 m) of 0.43% Cu. Near the south edge, hole ENR-14 encountered four intervals totaling 180 feet (54.9 m) of 0.21% Cu.

Drill Hole From (m) To (m) Length (m) Length (feet) Cu %
ENR-1 38.1 44.2 6.1 20 0.19
67.1 77.7 10.7 35 0.12
ENR-2 44.2 83.8 39.6 130 0.15
ENR-3 24.4 38.1 13.7 45 0.92
118.9 125.0 6.1 20 0.16
ENR-4 assays pending
ENR-5 assays pending
ENR-6 65.5 82.3 16.8 55 0.43
ENR-7 0.0 12.2 12.2 40 0.14
27.4 44.2 16.8 55 0.17
74.7 85.3 10.7 35 0.27
102.1 108.2 6.1 20 0.13
ENR-8 32.0 71.6 39.6 130 0.24
103.6 120.4 16.8 55 0.10
ENR-9 128.0 135.6 7.6 25 0.14
ENR-10 19.8 25.9 6.1 20 0.26
73.2 79.2 6.1 20 0.10
128.0 134.1 6.1 20 0.11
ENR-11 10.7 22.9 12.2 40 0.28
ENR-12 44.2 54.9 10.7 35 0.13
97.5 103.6 6.1 20 0.25
ENR-13 86.9 93.0 6.1 20 0.88
ENR-14 39.6 57.9 18.3 60 0.12
88.4 105.2 16.8 55 0.36
112.8 121.9 9.1 30 0.10
170.7 181.4 10.7 35 0.24
Note: All intervals were calculated using 0.1% Cu cutoff and a minimum width of 20 feet (6.1 m) with no internal waste zones greater than 15 feet (4.6 m) in length. None of the holes listed above are included in the Company's NI 43-101-compliant resource estimate of October, 2010.

The samples from the Contact Copper Project drilling program are prepared and analyzed by SGS Minerals Services in Toronto, Canada, and by ALS Minerals in Reno, Nevada, both ISO/IEC 17025 certified laboratories.

With the east end of the Company's private land holdings now tested, in-fill drilling is underway in the area between hole EN-149 and the current reserve base, a distance of 2,000 feet (610 m). Success of the infill holes will result in a new pit design and economic analysis.

Within the pit shell defining the current reserve base, the copper zones within a 0.1% Cu grade shall reach a depth of 800 feet (234 m), widths of up to 1,170 feet (357 m) and a length of 4,000 feet (1,219 m) in an east-west direction. If the copper mineralization proves continuous, drilling will have added approximately another 3,000 feet (914 m) in length to the deposit.

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About the Contact Copper Project

The Contact Copper Project is a copper oxide project located in Elko County, Nevada, that is planned to use low cost SX-EW recovery to produce cathode copper on site.

Additional information on the project can be found on the Company's website at and in the October, 2010 NI 43-101Technical Report Pre-feasibility Study Update for the Contact Copper Project, Elko County, Nevada as posted on SEDAR.

Qualified Person

William Willoughby, Ph.D., P.E. is the Company's Qualified Person for the purposes of National Instrument 43-101 and has prepared or supervised the preparation of the disclosure of any scientific and technical information contained in this news release.

About International Enexco Ltd.

International Enexco Ltd is a North American exploration and development company focused on the feasibility stage Contact Copper Project in northern Nevada. The Company also pursues gold and silver exploration in Idaho and Nevada, and is advancing the Mann Lake Uranium Project located in Saskatchewan's prolific Athabasca basin. This project is a joint venture with Cameco as operator and Areva-two of the world's largest uranium companies.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I look forward to keeping you updated with our corporate developments.

G. Arnold Armstrong, President & CEO

Certain information regarding the Company including management's assessment of future plans and operations, may constitute forward-looking statements under applicable securities laws and necessarily involve risks associated with mining exploration and development, volatility of prices, currency fluctuations, imprecision of resource estimates, environmental and permitting risks, access to labour and services, competition from other companies and ability to access sufficient capital. As a consequence, actual results may differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements. A feasibility study has not been completed and there is no certainty the disclosed targets will be reached nor that the proposed operations will be economically viable. We seek safe harbour.

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