TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – Nov. 7, 2017) –
- Aguia is evaluating exploration targets adjacent to Três Estradas that exhibit similar geophysical signatures
- Santa Clara target, only 4km from Três Estradas (“TE”) has outcropping carbonatite that has returned up to 6.38% P2O5 in rock grab samples
- Porteira has returned assays of up to 14.57% P2O5 and Santa Ines 16.32% P2O5
- Historical data for the Mato Grande carbonatite has reported up to 8.38% P2O5 in carbonatite samples
- Exploration targets have the potential to significantly add to Três Estradas' already long project life
Brazilian fertiliser developer Aguia Resources Limited (ASX:AGR)(TSX VENTURE:AGRL) (“Aguia” or the “Company”) is pleased to update shareholders on its regional exploration activities on properties in close proximity to its flagship Três Estradas project site in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.
With the updated resource delineation drilling of the Três Estradas Mineral Resource now complete (see release September 20th, 2017), Aguia has resumed exploration of neighbouring properties. The aim is to identify additional oxidized carbonatite sources that could ultimately contribute to the Três Estradas Project. Based on regional mapping and airborne geophysical data, Aguia has identified a number of exploration targets surrounding the Três Estradas and Joca Tavares carbonatites (Figure 1).
Santa Clara is a priority target for Aguia as it is located only 4 km from Três Estradas, thus having the potential to add oxidized material to the Três Estradas operation with minimal transport cost. The target was identified using airborne magnetic and radiometric signatures that closely resemble Três Estradas (Figure 2). Initial scouting along this NE-trending, 2.2 km long and 900 m wide target has identified outcropping, mineralized carbonatite that has returned up to 6.38% P2O5 in rock grab samples. Further sampling and mapping are planned followed by drilling.
Porteira and Santa Ines are adjacent to the Joca Tavares carbonatite and were identified using airborne geophysics (Figure 3). Both targets are associated with discrete magnetic anomalies, and ground follow up analysis has identified a series of breccias, carbonatites and altered host sedimentary rocks that returned assays of up to 14.57% P2O5 in Porteira and 16.32% in Santa Ines. The Porteira target is approximately 2 km long by 600 m wide, and Santa Ines is approximately 3.8 km long by 800 m wide. Further prospecting, rock and soil sampling followed by auger and RC drilling is planned.
Mato Grande (see Figure 1) is a 700 m long by 200 m wide carbonatite target located northeast of Três Estradas and close to the city of Caçapava. The Company is currently completing an auger drilling program along this carbonatite and assay results are pending. Historical data on this carbonatite have reported up to 8.38% P2O5 in carbonatite samples.
Technical Director Fernando Tallarico commented: “With the successful completion of the drilling program at Três Estradas in support of the ongoing bankable feasibility study, we are now resuming the regional exploration program in Rio Grande. Santa Clara is the priority target due to its proximity to Três Estradas and its compelling geology. These targets have the potential to contribute additional high grade oxidized material which could extend the initial phase of the Tres Estradas project.”
Managing Director Justin Reid added: “The results from drilling at Três Estradas were better than anticipated and resulted in a very high rate of conversion of Inferred Resources to Measured and Indicated. While our engineering team focuses on optimizing the mine plan for Três Estradas, we are sending our geologists back into the field to look for expansion opportunities on the surrounding properties. We are very excited about the carbonatite outcroppings encountered which lead us to believe that there is more phosrock to be found that could all feed into Três Estradas and add value to the project for many years to come.
It is also important to note that this exploration focus does not change our development timeline for Três Estradas which is on track as our main priority.”
To view Figures 1-3 and Table 1 please click the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/Fig1-3Table1.pdf
The technical information in this press release has been reviewed and approved by Dr. Fernando Tallarico, who is a member of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario, Technical Director for Aguia and a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101. Mr. Tallarico consents to the inclusion of his name in the release.
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Aguia Resources Limited, (“Aguia”) is an ASX and TSXV listed company whose primary focus is on the exploration and development of phosphate projects in Brazil. Aguia has an established and highly experienced in-country team based in Belo Horizonte, Brazil with corporate offices in Sydney, Australia. Aguia's key projects are located in Rio Grande do Sul, a prime farming area which is 100% dependent on phosphate imports. The Rio Grande phosphate deposits exhibit high quality and low cost production characteristics, and are ideally located with proximity to road, rail, and port infrastructure. Aguia's experienced management team has a proven track record of advancing high quality mining assets to production in Brazil.
In accordance with the requirements of the Australian Securities Exchange (the “ASX”), the Company has lodged a JORC Table with the ASX. Shareholders may access the JORC Table on the ASX website at http://www.asx.com.au/asx/share-price-research/company/AGR.
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This press release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable Canadian and Australian securities legislation. Forward-looking information includes, without limitation, statements regarding the exploration and targets of the exploration program, the progress of the BFS, the metallurgical results, production targets, the anticipated timetable, permitting, forecast financial information, ability to finance the project, and the prospectivity and potential of the Tres Estradas project and surrounding assets.
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