VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Nov. 1, 2013) - NGEx Resources Inc. (the "Company") (TSX:NGQ) is pleased to announce new results from the Phase Two metallurgical test work program completed on its Los Helados copper-gold porphyry deposit located in Region III of Chile. These results continue to indicate that the Los Helados mineralization is amenable to standard sulphide flotation concentration with the copper and gold recoveries and concentrate grades comparable with those at many operational mines. Deleterious elements in the test concentrates produced were well below levels which would be penalized by smelters.
The results of optimised locked cycle tests are shown in the table below:
Flotation testwork was carried out at SGS Research Laboratories in Santiago, Chile on three composite samples from three different depths within the deposit. Each composite sample was constructed from 20 samples of drill core as follows: Upper Zone - 642 metres of mineralization from twelve different drill holes; Intermediate Zone - 715 metres of mineralization from 17 different drill holes and Deep Zone - 1,105 metres of mineralization from 12 different drill holes. SGS completed a comprehensive scoping study level testwork program consisting of sample preparation, grind time estimation, physical characterization testwork, rougher flotation kinetic testing, cleaner flotation testing and both open circuit and locked cycle flotation tests. A detailed description of the SGS testwork summarized here, is included in the BD Technical Report referred to below.
The Company also announces that it has filed an independent technical report with regulatory authorities, in support of the updated resource estimate announced on September 19, 2013 for the Los Helados Project. Behre Dolbear International Ltd. supervised the preparation of the Technical Report (the "BD Technical Report") which has an Effective Date of October 15, 2013. The full text of the BD Technical Report is available for viewing under the Company's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and will be posted on the Company's website at www.ngexresources.com.
G. Zandonai (B.Sc., M.Sc. Mining, MAusIMM, CRIRSCO), Senior Associate of Behre Dolbear International Ltd. is the Qualified Person (QP) responsible for the preparation of the resource estimate for the Los Helados deposit and is also responsible for the overall compilation of the BD Technical Report.
R. Carmichael (P. Eng.), Vice President, Exploration for the Company, is the QP responsible for compiling the location, access, history, geology, exploration and drilling information presented in the BD Technical Report.
D. Charchaflié (M.Sc., P.Geo.), Principal of LPF Consulting SRL, is the QP responsible for sample preparation, analysis and security, including the quality control / quality assurance program, information presented in the BD Technical Report.
D. Frost (B. Met. Eng, FAusIMM), Technical Director Process, AMEC International Ingeniería y Construcci╧în Limitada is the QP responsible for the metallurgical data presented in the BD Technical Report and in this news release.
The authors have consented to the filing of the BD Technical Report and to the disclosure by the Company in its news releases with respect to the BD Technical Report.
Los Helados is one of several large copper-gold systems, including the Company's Josemaria 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%.
On behalf of the board
Wojtek Wodzicki, President and CEO
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