#Mining Stock News: #SilverCrest (TSX: $SIL.TO; NYSE: $SILV) Announces Babicanora Area Final In-fill Drill Results For Feasibility Study Resource Estimation
Vancouver, British Columbia - January 14, 2021 (Investorideas.com Newswire) SilverCrest Metals Inc. (TSX: SIL.TO; NYSE American: SILV) ("SilverCrest" or the "Company") is pleased to announce the remaining in-fill drill results which will be included in the upcoming Feasibility Study for its Las Chispas Property ("Las Chispas" or the "Property") located in Sonora, Mexico. Today's results include in-fill drilling for the Babicanora ("Babi Main"), the Babicanora Footwall ("Babi FW"), the Babicanora Hangingwall ("Babi HW") and Babicanora Sur ("Babi Sur") veins (see attached Figures). Drilling for these veins was designed to expand the known mineralized footprints, and to in-fill previously reported drilling used for resource estimation in the Technical Report and Preliminary Economic Assessment for Las Chispas ("PEA") with an effective date of May 15, 2019, and amended on July 19, 2019. These results, along with all assay data received by the Company up to and including the cut-off date of October 16, 2020, will be incorporated into the Mineral Resource Estimate update and Maiden Reserve Estimate as part of the upcoming Feasibility Study.
- For this news release, a total of 235 holes, comprising 65,360 metres and 15,153 assays, have been completed at Babi Main, Babi FW, Babi HW, and Babi Sur veins since the previous drill results were announced (refer to the Company's News Releases dated June 27, 2019 and January 20, 2020);
- Of the 235 holes being reported, 133, some with multiple vein intercepts, are shown in the following table with composite assays grading greater than 150 grams per tonne ("gpt") silver equivalent ("AgEq");
- The best intercepts reported in this news release per vein (uncut, undiluted, est. true width) are:
- In-fill drilling reduced the average vein intercept spacing from approximately 60 metres used for the PEA resource estimation to an estimated 35 metres for feasibility resource estimation;
- Results confirm the general southeast plunging continuity of mineralization related to known geologic controls for each vein (see attached Figures);
- Veins are now better defined, with drilling generally expanding footprints with some veins showing less continuous internal mineralization than the previous interpretation in the PEA;
- The Babi Main Vein remains the largest vein on the Property, with expansion of high-grade mineralization for approximately 2.1 kilometres in strike length and over 200 metres in height; and
- Five surface core drills are currently operating at Las Chispas focused on further expansion and in-filling for the Babi Vista Vein, Babi Vista Splay Vein, El Muerto Zone and Amethyst Vein.
Overall, in-fill drilling generally shows that veins are somewhat narrower but higher grade, with some veins having longer strike lengths. Denser drill spacing has better defined high-grade shoots and zones for future exploration work in the district.
N. Eric Fier, CPG, P.Eng, and CEO, remarked, "These Babicanora in-fill drill results show that we generally 'moved ounces around within a confined area' for these previously defined four veins, resulting in less continuous mineralized footprints but with higher grades, which is typical of late-stage exploration drilling. The reduced mineralized footprint in the Babi FW Vein will have minimal impact on total district mineralization. With the benefit of greater drilling density and understanding of lithologic and structural controls, we now have a higher confidence in our ability to identify additional high-grade mineralization for all veins in the Las Chispas district. The feasibility resource estimation will include 21 veins (5 veins containing a majority of the high-grade mineralization) of the known 45 veins. The best opportunities for resource expansion for the upcoming Feasibility Study are the Babi Vista Vein and Babi Vista Splay Vein, which were both discovered after the PEA release. We look forward to the announcement of the Las Chispas Feasibility Study later this month, which will include a Resource update and our maiden Reserve Estimate."
The following tables summarize the most significant drill intercepts (uncut, undiluted, greater than 500 AgEq) for this release:
Babicanora "Main" Vein
Babicanora Footwall Vein
Babicanora Hangingwall Vein
Babicanora Sur Vein
All assays were completed by ALS Chemex in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, and North Vancouver, BC, Canada, and Bureau Veritas Inspectorate Ltd. in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.
The drill results in the news release include holes BA19-194 to BA20-391, UBR19-01 to UBR19-06 and UBD19-01 to UBD19-06. Holes BA19-194, 196, 199, 200, 204B-208, 210-214, 217, 221-223, 225, 226, 229, 231-233, 237-240, 244, 248, 249, 252, 255, 256, 258, 260-262, 264, 267, 268, 270, 273, 275, 276, 278-281, 283, 285, 286, 289A-291, 294, 295, 298, 299, 301, 303, 305-307, 309, 312, 315, 318, 319, 321, 323, 326, 331, 335, 339, 340, 342, 345, 348, 350, 351, 355-357, 359, 360, BA20-366, 369-372A, 374, 378-385, 387, 390, 391; UBD19-01, UBD20-02 to 05, 07; UBR19-04 intersected veining but were below the Company's cutoff grade of 150 gpt AgEq.
The Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects for this news release is N. Eric Fier, CPG, P.Eng, and CEO for SilverCrest, who has reviewed and approved its contents.
ABOUT SILVERCREST METALS INC.
SilverCrest is a Canadian precious metals exploration company headquartered in Vancouver, BC, that is focused on new discoveries, value-added acquisitions and targeting production in Mexico's historic precious metal districts. The Company's current focus is on the high-grade, historic Las Chispas mining district in Sonora, Mexico. The Las Chispas Project consists of 28 mineral concessions, of which the Company has 100% ownership of where all the resources are located. SilverCrest is the first company to successfully drill-test the historic Las Chispas Property resulting in numerous high-grade precious metal discoveries. The Company is led by a proven management team in all aspects of the precious metal mining sector, including taking projects through discovery, finance, on time and on budget construction, and production.
This news release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Canadian securities legislation. These include, without limitation, statements with respect to: the strategic plans, timing and expectations for the Company's exploration, development and construction activities at the Las Chispas Property, including completion of the Feasibility Study, the ability to complete further drawdowns under the Credit Agreement, the costs and timing of construction associated with the EPC Contract and the timing of completion of the process plant and production ramp up. Such forward looking statements or information are based on a number of assumptions, which may prove to be incorrect. Assumptions have been made regarding, among other things: impact of the COVID-19 pandemic; the reliability of mineralization estimates, he availability of additional drawdowns under the Credit Agreement, completion of the Feasibility Study, the conditions in general economic and financial markets; availability of skilled labour; timing and amount of expenditures related to rehabilitation and drilling programs; and effects of regulation by governmental agencies. The actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of risk factors including: uncertainty as to the impact and duration of the COVID-19 pandemic; the timing and content of work programs; proceeding with the EPC Contract without completion of the Feasibility Study, the availability of funds under the Credit Agreement and otherwise, results of exploration activities; the interpretation of drilling results and other geological data; receipt, maintenance and security of permits and mineral property titles; environmental and other regulatory risks; project cost overruns or unanticipated costs and expenses; and general market and industry conditions. Forward-looking statements are based on the expectations and opinions of the Company's management on the date the statements are made. The assumptions used in the preparation of such statements, although considered reasonable at the time of preparation, may prove to be imprecise and, as such, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date the statements were made. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements included in this news release if these beliefs, estimates and opinions or other circumstances should change, except as otherwise required by applicable law.
N. Eric Fier, CPG, P.Eng
Chief Executive Officer
SilverCrest Metals Inc.
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