Namibia Critical Metals Heavy Rare Earth Project - New Results Confirm Multiple Dysprosium Zones at Area 2B, Area 4 Drilling Completed and Mining Licence Application Advances
HALIFAX, January 5, 2021 - Namibia Critical Metals Inc. ("Namibia Critical Metals" or the "Company" or "NMI") (TSXV:NMI) is pleased to provide an update with further drill results from the Area 2B satellite deposit on the Lofdal Heavy Rare Earth Project in northern Namibia ("Lofdal" or "the project"). Lofdal is a joint venture between the Company and Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation ("JOGMEC") which is operating under a Term 1 budget of CD$4,100,000 (Company press release September 21, 2020). Since the Company's previous update (November 26, 2020) progress highlights are summarized as follows:
- Additional drill results from Area 2B satellite deposit confirm multiple dysprosium zones to 190 vertical meters
- Results of 13 additional holes include 3 m @ 0.84% TREO with 450 ppm Dy2O3, 7 m @ 0.58% TREO with 280 ppm Dy2O3, and 7 m @ 0.26% TREO with 226 ppm Dy2O3 (which includes the highest grade 1 m intercept of 1,123 ppm Dy2O3)
- Area 2B deposit remains open along strike and at depth. Nine drill holes pending analyses
- Area 4 resource drilling program successfully completed with established strike length of 1,125 meters. Thirty-three drill holes pending analyses
- Notice of Preparedness to Grant Application for Mining Licence received from Ministry of Mines and Energy
Don Burton, President of Namibia Critical Metals stated "Prices for dysprosium and terbium oxides continue to strengthen with dysprosium approaching US$300/kg and terbium surpassing US$1,100/kg. Continuing positive drill results from Area 2B are confirming the importance of this satellite deposit to add additional heavy rare earth mineral resources to the project. All Term 1 drilling has been completed and we look forward to receiving results from the remaining forty-two holes in Area 2B and Area 4. The Company has received Notice of Preparedness to Grant the Application for a Mining Licence for Lofdal from the Ministry of Mines and Energy which is a very significant milestone. The Company has lodged its acceptance of the mining licence and we await finalization of the process from the Ministry."
Area 2B Drill Results
Drilling in the Term 1 program has focused on doubling the size of the existing Area 4 resource and following the injection of an additional CD$1,100,000 to the Term 1 budget (Company press release September 12, 2020) the decision was taken to add Area 2B to the planned 43-101 update. Area 2B is located three kilometers northwest of Area 4. Mineralization at Area 2B is similar to Area 4 with stacked dysprosium zones ranging from 2-15 meters in thickness. The 2020 drill program at Area 2B totalled 4,400 meters in 29 diamond drill holes. Results from the first 7 holes in the current drill program were reported on November 26, 2020 and this update provides results from an additional 13 holes. Nine holes remain to be reported for inclusion in the resource estimation (Figure 1).
Highlights of dysprosium enriched zones reported today include:
- 8 m @ 0.29% TREO with 185 ppm Dy2O3 and 60.3% heavy rare earth enrichment in L2BD0035 (including 1 meter @ 0.57% TREO with 452 ppm Dy2O3 and 80.1% heavy rare earth enrichment)
- 7 m @ 0.26% TREO with 226 ppm Dy2O3 and 77.2% heavy rare earth enrichment in L2BD0044 (including 1 meter @ 1.24% TREO with 1,123 ppm Dy2O3 and 91.1% heavy rare earth enrichment)
- 7 m @ 0.58% TREO with 280 ppm Dy2O3 and 49.9% heavy rare earth enrichment in L2BD0046 (including 2 meters @ 1.04% TREO with 712 ppm Dy2O3 and 73.5% heavy rare earth enrichment)
- 3 m @ 0.84% TREO with 450 ppm Dy2O3 and 57.6% heavy rare earth enrichment in L2BD0037 (including 1 meter @ 0.90% TREO with 808 ppm Dy2O3 and 98.1% heavy rare earth enrichment)
Details of all 13 reporting drill holes from Area 2B are provided in Table 1 and a complete listing of all analytical results is provided in Table 2. Intercept widths are reported as down the hole widths and are not necessarily true widths.
Drilling has now established a strike length of 300 meters for mineralization at Area 2B with multiple dysprosium zones defined on sections to a maximum vertical depth of 190 meters (Figure 2). The deposit remains open along strike to the northeast and to the southwest, and at depth.
Completion of Area 4 Drill Program
As previously reported (Company press release November 26, 2020) the main objective of the Area 4 drilling program was to double the size of the current mineral resource.
The 2020 drill program has extended the strike length of the mineralized zone from 700 meters to 1,100 meters, and the drilled depth from 180-225 vertical meters to 250-350 vertical meters. The total drilling program at Area 4 comprised 10,162 meters in 56 holes. Results from 33 holes remain pending.
The MSA Group ("MSA") of South Africa has been engaged to update the Area 4 resource which will incorporate all the new drilling and is scheduled for delivery before March 31, 2021.
Figure 1 - Area 2B Drill Plan showing carbonatite alteration zone mapped at surface over strike length of 650 m. Historic drill holes (black), holes reported November 26, 2020 (green) and holes reporting this press release (blue). Nine holes drilled with pending analyses remain to be reported are shown in red.
Figure 2 - Drill Section 7754564 in Area 2B showing sub-parallel zones of dysprosium mineralization. Historic drill holes in black and holes drilled in 2020 in blue.
Table 1 - Summary of Significant Drill Intercepts from Area 2B Reported January 5, 2021
NOTE: "TREO" refers to total rare earth oxides; "HREO" refers to heavy rare earth oxides; "heavy rare earths" as used in all Company presentations comprise europium (Eu), gadolinium (Gd), terbium (Tb), dysprosium (Dy), holmium (Ho), erbium (Er), thulium (Tm), ytterbium (Yb), lutetium (Lu) and yttrium (Y). Light rare earths comprise lanthanum (La), cerium (Ce), praseodymium (Pr), neodymium (Nd) and samarium (Sm). "HREE" refers to heavy rare earth enrichment which is the ratio of HREO:TREO, expressed as a percentage
Table 2 - Complete Listing of Individual Rare Earth Element Analyses for Reported Drill Intercepts January 5, 2021
The Lofdal Heavy Rare Earths Project is located 450 kilometers northwest of the capital city of Windhoek in the Kunene Region of north-western Namibia. The project area covers 314 square kilometers centered on the Lofdal carbonatite complex which hosts a number of rare earth occurrences, including the Area 4 deposit and the Area 2B deposit. Mineralization in both deposits is dominated by xenotime, which is highly enriched in heavy rare earths.
Lofdal is unique as one of only two primary xenotime projects under development in the world, the other project being Browns Range in Australia. As demonstrated in the Preliminary Economic Assessment1 Lofdal has the potential for significant production of dysprosium and terbium, the two most valuable heavy rare earths used in high powered magnets. The joint venture with JOGMEC is driven by Lofdal's potential to be a long term, sustainable supply of heavy rare earths for Japan.
Field operations follow strict company Standard Operating Procedures with regards to drilling practices, sampling procedures, security of transport and analytical procedures as per recommendations in the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum CIM's Best Practices Guidelines (2018), which includes strict internal quality assurance and quality control procedures ("QAQC") for the insertion of blanks, standards and duplicates. QAQC samples account for 10% of samples submitted in each batch. Sample preparation and analytical work for the drilling program is being provided by Activation Laboratories Ltd. ("Actlabs" Windhoek, Namibia and Ancaster, Ontario) employing appropriate crushing and pulverization procedures (Actlabs Code RX-1) on half sawn core samples provided from the selected intervals, utilizing lithium metaborate/tetraborate fusion and ICP-MS techniques suitable for rare earth element analyses (Actlabs Code 8). Activation Laboratories is an ISO/IEC 17025 accredited laboratory.
About Namibia Critical Metals Inc.
Namibia Critical Metals Inc. holds a diversified portfolio of exploration and advanced stage projects in the country of Namibia focused on the development of sustainable and ethical sources of metals for the battery, electric vehicle and associated industries. The two advanced stage projects in the portfolio are Lofdal and Epembe. The Company also has significant land positions in areas favourable for gold mineralization.
Heavy Rare Earths: The Lofdal Heavy Rare Earth Project is the Company's most advanced project having completed a Preliminary Economic Assessment in 2014 and full Environmental Impact Assessment in 2017. An application has been made for a mining licence at Lofdal. The project is now in joint venture with Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation ("JOGMEC") who are funding the current CD$4,100,000 drilling and metallurgical program with the objective of doubling the resource size and optimization of the process flow sheet.
Gold: At the Erongo Gold Project, stratigraphic equivalents to the meta-sediments hosting the recent Osino gold discovery at Twin Hills have been identified and soil surveys are progressing over this highly prospective area. The Grootfontein Base Metal and Gold Project has potential for magmatic copper-nickel mineralization, Mississippi Valley-type zinc-lead-vanadium mineralization and Otjikoto-style gold mineralization. Detailed interpretation of geophysical data and regional geochemical soil sampling have identified first gold targets.
Tantalum-Niobium: In addition to Lofdal, the Epembe Tantalum-Niobium Project is also at an advanced stage with a well-defined, 10 km long carbonatite dyke that has been delineated by detailed mapping with over 11,000 meters of drilling. Preliminary mineralogical and metallurgical studies including sorting tests (XRT), indicate the potential for significant physical upgrading. Further work will be undertaken to advance the project to a preliminary economic assessment stage.
Copper-Cobalt: The Kunene Copper-Cobalt Project comprises a very large area of favorable stratigraphy along strike to the west of the Opuwo cobalt-copper-zinc deposit. Secondary copper mineralization over a wide area points to preliminary evidence of a regional-scale hydrothermal system. Exploration targets on EPLs held in the Kunene project comprise direct extensions of the cobalt-copper mineralization to the west, sediment-hosted cobalt and copper, orogenic copper, and stratabound manganese and zinc-lead mineralization.
The common shares of Namibia Critical Metals Inc. trade on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "NMI".
Donald M. Burton, P.Geo. and President of Namibia Critical Metals Inc., is the Company's Qualified Person and has reviewed and approved this press release.
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Namibia Critical Metals Inc.
Don Burton, President
Tel: +01 (902) 835-8760
Fax: +01 (902) 835-8761
Web site: www.NamibiaCriticalMetals.com
The foregoing information may contain forward-looking information relating to the future performance of Namibia Rare Earths Inc. Forward-looking information, specifically, that concerning future performance, is subject to certain risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially. These risks and uncertainties are detailed from time to time in the Company's filings with the appropriate securities commissions.
1 Preliminary Economic Assessment on the Lofdal Rare Earths Project Namibia dated October 1, 2014 authored by David S. Dodd, B. Sc (Hon) FSAIMM - The MDM Group, South Africa, Patrick J.F. Hannon, M.A.Sc., P.Eng. and William Douglas Roy, M.A.Sc., P.Eng. - MineTech International Limited, Canada, Peter Roy Siegfried, MAusIMM (CP Geology) and Michael R. Hall, B.Sc (Hons), MBA, MAusIMM, Pr.Sci.Nat, MGSSA - The MSA Group, South Africa. The PEA should not be considered to be a pre-feasibility or feasibility study, as the economics and technical viability of the Project has not been demonstrated at this time. The PEA is preliminary in nature and includes Inferred Mineral Resources that are considered too speculative geologically to have the economic considerations applied to them that would enable them to be categorized as Mineral Reserves. Furthermore, there is no certainty that the PEA will be realized.
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