NexGen Intersects Massive Pitchblende 180m Southwest of Arrow

 

VANCOUVER, June 13, 2016 /CNW/ - NexGen Energy Ltd. ("NexGen" or the "Company") (TSXV:NXE, OTCQX:NXGEF) is pleased to announce further results from our ongoing spring drilling program on our 100% owned Rook I Property, Athabasca Basin, Saskatchewan. 

Drilling at the area 180 m southwest of Arrow has intersected significant off-scale radioactivity associated with extensive visible uranium mineralization. All 3 holes in this area have intersected off-scale mineralization. A total of 11 drill holes have now encountered mineralization in this area, which remains open in all directions and has currently established a strike length of 76 m. Future drilling will be directed to determine whether this area which is 180 m southwest of Arrow, is connected to Arrow to the northeast, and the extent of the area further to the southwest.

Hole AR-16-90c3, which was drilled 74 m up-dip and southwest of hole AR-16-77c2 (see press release March 30, 2016) has intersected 8.05 m of total composite off-scale radioactivity (>10,000 to >61,000 cps) marked by dense accumulations of massive to semi-massive pitchblende within 68.0 m of total composite mineralization. Included as part of the 8.05 m of off-scale mineralization 1.5 m of minimum-greater-than-61,000 cps including 1.0 m that was continuous.  This is the most significantly mineralized hole to date at this newly identified area.

In addition, a highly prospective alteration zone that is host to locally anomalous radioactivity has been identified 230 m below surface at this new area 180 m southwest of Arrow which represents a new target for further drilling (see within figure 2 "alteration zone"). The alteration zone is marked by intense dravite rich hydrothermal breccias which appear to be similar to those found in close proximity to the strong uranium mineralization in the higher grade sub-zone of the A2 shear.  Significantly, the down-hole gamma probe survey completed after drilling AR-16-82c2 identified a 1.3 m long radiometric anomaly (2PGA-1000 model gamma probe) measuring greater than 1,000 cps to 26,132 cps within the alteration zone. Only weakly anomalous radioactivity was measured in the drill core with a handheld RS-120 scintillometer, which did not correspond to the strong down-hole radiometric anomaly. This was potentially a result of the wash out of mineralization within clay alteration.  Further work is planned to explain this discrepancy.

Highlights:

180 m Southwest of Arrow:

  • AR-16-90c3 (74 m up-dip and southwest from AR-16-77c2) intersected 68.0 m of total composite mineralization including 8.05 m of total composite off-scale radioactivity (>10,000 – >61,000 cps) within a 125.0 m section (688.0 to 813.0 m).  
  • AR-16-82c3 (52 m up-dip and northeast from AR-16-77c2) intersected 26.5 m of total composite mineralization including 3.8 m of total composite off-scale radioactivity (>10,000 – >61,000 cps) within a 205.0 m section (606.5 to 811.5 m).  
  • AR-16-90c2 (39 m up-dip and southwest from AR-16-77c2) intersected 87.5 m of total composite mineralization of including 2.2 m of off-scale radioactivity (>10,000 - 52,000 cps) within a 212.0 m section (613.0 to 825.0 m) before the hole was terminated at 870 m.

Arrow, Activities & Financial:

  • The land-based and basement hosted Arrow zone currently covers an area of 870 m by 280 m with a vertical extent of mineralization commencing from 100 m to 920 m, and remains open in most directions and at depth.
  • The spring 2016 program comprising 7,500 m of drilling continues with three drill rigs active.  Concurrently, preparations are almost complete for a large summer drill program to begin in mid-to-late June.
  • The Company has cash on hand of approximately $100M upon closing of the previously announced financing with CEF Holdings.

A drill hole location map is presented in Figure 1, a schematic long section is shown in Figure 2, and core photos of high grade mineralization from drill hole AR-16-90c3 are shown in Figures 3 and 4.

Garrett Ainsworth, Vice-President, Exploration and Development, commented: "The intense alteration and dense massive to semi-massive mineralization encountered in drill holes AR-16-82c3 and -90c3 is analogous to the holes that signalled the beginning of the higher-grade A2 sub-zone.  The structural analysis at this southwest zone supports the potential that it is an extension of the Arrow Deposit with potential for the presence of another high-grade zone."

Leigh Curyer, Chief Executive Officer, commented: "The area 180 m southwest of Arrow is developing quickly and significantly expanding the footprint of mineralization at Arrow. One of the objectives of the summer drilling program commencing in late June, will focus on this 180 m area southwest of Arrow in both directions along trend. We estimate a significant amount of drilling is required until the full extent of mineralization can determined."

Table 2: Arrow Deposit Drill Hole Data

Drill Hole

Athabasca
Group -
Basement
Unconformity
Depth (m)

Handheld Scintillometer Results (RS-120)

Hole ID

Azimuth

Dip

Total
Depth
(m)

From (m)

To (m)

Width (m)

CPS Range

AR-16-82c2

140

-75

873.00

93.00

243.50

244.50

1.00

<500 -  620

608.00

609.50

1.50

<500 -  2900

615.50

617.00

1.50

<500 -  1500

619.50

620.00

0.50

530 -  3900

688.00

688.50

0.50

<500 -  3900

698.00

698.50

0.50

<500 -  950

709.50

717.50

8.00

<500 -  1600

730.50

731.00

0.50

<500 -  3500

741.50

742.00

0.50

<500 -  5700

756.50

758.00

1.50

<500 -  580

775.00

775.50

0.50

<500 -  680

780.50

782.00

1.50

<500 -  2300

821.50

824.00

2.50

<500 -  1700

840.00

842.00

2.00

<500 -  580

844.50

845.00

0.50

<500 -  600

AR-16-82c3

140

-75

834.00

93.00

606.50

607.00

0.50

<500 -  1700

637.50

638.50

1.00

<500 -  2000

643.00

643.50

0.50

<500 -  760

648.50

651.50

3.00

<500 -  6000

663.00

664.00

1.00

<500 -  9400

672.00

678.00

6.00

<500 -  61000

711.00

711.50

0.50

<500 -  2100

718.00

719.50

1.50

<500 -  8400

724.00

726.00

2.00

<500 -  30000

730.50

732.50

2.00

<500 -  650

737.50

738.00

0.50

600 -  2000

752.50

758.00

5.50

<500 -  53000

795.00

795.50

0.50

<500 -  1000

809.50

811.50

2.00

<500 -  2100

AR-16-87

140

-80

327.00

N/A

224.50

227.00

2.50

<500 -  730

AR-16-88

140

-80

291.00

N/A

No Anomalous Radioactivity

AR-16-89

140

-80

336.00

N/A

277.50

278.00

0.50

<500 -  520

282.00

285.00

3.00

<500 -  1200

AR-16-90c1

140

-75

879.00

N/A

699.00

699.50

0.50

<500 -  970

725.00

725.50

0.50

<500 -  550

728.00

732.00

4.00

<500 -  2500






738.00

738.50

0.50

<500 -  570

743.00

749.50

6.50

<500 -  4700

785.50

792.50

7.00

<500 -  4500

804.50

805.00

0.50

<500 -  900

AR-16-90c2

140

-75

870.00

N/A

613.00

616.00

3.00

<500 -  20000

624.50

629.00

4.50

<500 -  1350

632.50

647.00

14.50

<500 -  22500

661.00

669.00

8.00

<500 -  8300

676.50

687.50

11.00

<500 -  8700

690.50

705.00

14.50

<500 -  3600

709.50

716.50

7.00

<500 -  1600

719.50

721.00

1.50

800 -  3500

726.00

728.50

2.50

<500 -  800

735.50

737.00

1.50

<500 -  2100

741.00

751.50

10.50

<500 -  21000

762.50

763.50

1.00

<500 -  800

774.00

777.00

3.00

530 -  52000

801.00

801.50

0.50

550 -  7400

808.50

811.00

2.50

<500 -  1000

816.00

816.50

0.50

<500 -  520

823.50

825.00

1.50

<500 -  3000

AR-16-90c3

140

-75

921.00

N/A

688.00

691.50

3.50

<500 -  1300

698.00

698.50

0.50

<500 -  650

702.50

723.50

21.00

<500 -  >61000

731.00

739.50

8.50

<500 -  22000

744.00

756.00

12.00

<500 -  16000

759.00

763.00

4.00

<500 -  1200

769.50

776.50

7.00

<500 -  3700

786.50

793.00

6.50

<500 -  1750

808.00

813.00

5.00

<500 -  2400

 

Parameters:

  • Maximum internal dilution 2.00 m downhole
  • All depths and intervals are meters downhole
  • "Anomalous" means >500 cps (counts per second) total count gamma readings by gamma scintillometer type RS-120
  • "Off-scale" means >10,000 cps (counts per second) total count gamma readings by gamma scintillometer type RS-120
  • Where "Min cps" is <500 cps, this refers to local low radiometric zones within the overall radioactive interval

Natural gamma radiation in drill core reported in this news release was measured in counts per second (cps) using a Radiation Solutions Inc. RS-120 gamma-ray scintillometer. The reader is cautioned that total count gamma readings may not be directly or uniformly related to uranium grades of the rock sample measured; they should be used only as a preliminary indication of the presence of radioactive minerals. All intersections are downhole. True thicknesses are yet to be determined.

Split core samples will be taken systematically, and intervals will be submitted to SRC Geoanalytical Laboratories (an SCC ISO/IEC 17025: 2005 Accredited Facility) of Saskatoon for analysis. All samples sent to SRC will be analyzed using ICP-MS for trace elements on partial and total digestions, ICP-OES for major and minor elements on a total digestion, and fusion solution of boron by ICP-OES. Mineralized samples are analyzed for U3O8 by ICP-OES and select samples for gold by fire assay. Assay results will be released when received and after stringent internal QA/QC protocols are passed.

The technical information in this news release has been approved by Garrett Ainsworth, P.Geo., Vice President – Exploration & Development, a qualified person for the purposes of National Instrument 43- 101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects. Mr. Ainsworth reviewed the data disclosed in this news release, including the sampling, analytical and test data underlying the information contained in this news release.

The mineral resource at the Arrow Deposit was completed by RPA Inc. and has an effective date of January 14, 2016. The mineral resource is reported at a cut-off grade of 0.25% U3O8. The cut-off is based on a long-term uranium price of USD$65/lb U3O8. The mineral resource is classified into the inferred category based on the CIM Definition Standards. For details regarding the geology and mineralization of the Arrow Deposit, the drilling, sampling and analytical procedures followed and the estimation methodology used in the preparation of the mineral resources, please refer to the Company's Amended and Restated News Release dated March 3, 2016, which is available under the Company's profile on the SEDAR website at www.sedar.com.

ARROW DEPOSIT DRILLING

AR-16-82c2

Hole AR-16-82c2 was a directional hole that departed pilot hole AR-16-82c1 at 162 m. It tested the A4 shear 35 m up-dip and northeast of AR-16-77c2 (2.3 m of off-scale radioactivity in the A4 shear; assays pending). Directional drilling was initiated at 286 m and the A4 shear was intersected at an inclination of -73°.

Basement lithologies were intersected beginning at the top of the hole and consisted largely of semipelitic gneiss to granofel, with relatively narrow intervals of pelitic gneiss and mylonite (the A2 through A4 shears). The hole successfully intersected anomalous radioactivity in the A4 shear and to the southeast of the A4 shear that was associated with locally disseminated and fracture controlled pitchblende mineralization. A total composite mineralization of 23.0 m was intersected within a 601.5 m section (243.5 to 845.0 m) before the hole was terminated at 873 m. Of important note, an extensive zone of hydrothermal alteration marked by intermittent dravite breccias and strong clay-chlorite alteration was intersected between 195 and 275 m.  This style of alteration is equivalent to what has been observed immediately adjacent to high-grade uranium mineralization in the area of the A2 higher grade sub-zone at Arrow. 

AR-16-82c3

Hole AR-16-82c3 was a directional hole that departed pilot hole AR-16-82c2 at 297 m. It tested the A4 shear 52 m up-dip and northeast of AR-16-77c2. Directional drilling was initiated at 309 m and the A4 shear was intersected at an inclination of -70°.

Basement lithologies were intersected beginning at the top of the hole and consisted largely of semipelitic gneiss to granofel, with relatively narrow intervals of pelitic gneiss and mylonite (the A2 through A4 shears). The hole successfully intersected anomalous radioactivity in the A4 shear and to the southeast of the A4 shear that was associated with stringers, disseminated and fracture controlled pitchblende mineralization. A total composite mineralization of 26.5 m including 3.8 m of off-scale radioactivity (>10,000 to >61,000 cps) was intersected within a 205.0 m section (606.5 to 811.5 m) before the hole was terminated at 855 m.

AR-16-87

Hole AR-16-87 was collared from surface at a steeply angled orientation (-80°) to the southeast (140°). It was designed to both test the area of the unconformity and the projection of the shallow, extensive and highly prospective dravite - clay - chlorite breccia style alteration intersected in hole AR-16-82c2.

Basement lithologies were intersected beginning at 93.9 m and consisted largely of semipelitic gneiss.  No Athabasca Group sandstones were intersected. Intermittent weak to strong hematite, chlorite and clay alteration was intersected throughout the basement. A total composite mineralization of 2.5 m was intersected between 224.5 and 227.0 m. The hole was terminated at 327 m.

AR-16-88

Hole AR-16-88 was collared from surface at a steeply angled orientation (-80°) to the southeast (140°). It was designed to both test the area of the unconformity and the projection of the shallow, extensive and highly prospective dravite - clay - chlorite breccia style alteration intersected in hole AR-16-82c2.

Basement lithologies were intersected beginning at 95.7 m and consisted largely of intrusive gneiss.  No Athabasca Group sandstones were intersected. Intermittent weak to strong hematite, chlorite and clay alteration was intersected throughout the basement. No anomalous radioactivity was encountered before the hole was terminated at 291 m.

AR-16-89

Hole AR-16-89 was collared from surface at a steeply angled orientation (-80°) to the southeast (140°). It was designed to both test the area of the unconformity and the projection of the shallow, extensive and highly prospective dravite - clay - chlorite breccia style alteration intersected in hole AR-16-82c2.

Basement lithologies were intersected beginning at 94.1 m and consisted largely of semipeltic gneiss.  No Athabasca Group sandstones were intersected. Widespread and highly prospective dravite alteration was intersected between 99.2 and 285.0 m. A total composite mineralization of 3.5 m was intersected within a 7.5 m section (277.5 to 285.0 m) before the hole was terminated at 336 m.

AR-16-90c1

Hole AR-16-90c1 was a directional hole collared from surface at an angled orientation (-75°) to the southeast (140° azimuth). It tested the A4 shear 50 m down-dip and to the southwest from AR-16-77c2. Directional drilling was initiated at 126 m and the A4 shear was intersected at an angle of -76°. 

Basement lithologies were intersected beginning at 94.2 m and consisted largely of semipelitic gneiss to granofel, intrusive gneiss and relatively narrow intervals of pelitic gneiss and mylonite (the A2 through A4 shears).   No Athabasca Group sandstones were intersected. The hole successfully intersected anomalous radioactivity in the A4 shear that was associated with disseminated and fracture-hosted pitchblende mineralization. A total composite mineralization of 19.5 m was intersected within a 106.0 m section (699.0 to 805.0 m) before the hole was terminated at 879 m. 

AR-16-90c2

Hole AR-16-90c2 was a directional hole that departed pilot hole AR-16-90c1 at a depth of 349 m. It tested the A4 shear 39 m up-dip and southwest of AR-16-77c2. Directional drilling was initiated at 381 m and the A4 shear was intersected at an inclination of -69°.

Basement lithologies were intersected beginning at the top of the hole and consisted largely of semipelitic gneiss to granofel, with relatively narrow intervals of pelitic gneiss and mylonite (the A2 through A4 shears). The hole successfully intersected anomalous radioactivity in the A4 shear and to the southeast of the A4 shear that was associated with stringers, disseminated and fracture controlled pitchblende mineralization. A total composite mineralization of 87.5 m including 2.2 m of off-scale radioactivity (>10,000 to 52,000 cps) was intersected within a 212.0 m section (613.0 to 825.0 m) before the hole was terminated at 870 m.

AR-16-90c3

Hole AR-16-90c3 was a directional hole that departed pilot hole AR-16-90c2 at a depth of 387 m. It tested the A4 shear 74 m up-dip and southwest of AR-16-77c2. Directional drilling was initiated at 399 m and the A4 shear was intersected at an inclination of -69°.

Basement lithologies were intersected beginning at the top of the hole and consisted largely of semipelitic gneiss to granofel, with relatively narrow intervals of pelitic gneiss and mylonite (the A2 through A4 shears). The hole successfully intersected anomalous radioactivity along strike from the A4 shear and to the southeast of the A4 shear that was associated with semi-massive to massive veins, breccias, stringers and disseminated pitchblende. A total composite mineralization of 68.0 m including 8.05 m of off-scale radioactivity (>10,000 to >61,000 cps) was intersected within a 125.0 m section (688.0 to 813.0 m) before the hole was terminated at 921 m. AR-16-90c3 represents the discovery of a significant high grade mineralization 180 m southwest of Arrow.

About NexGen

NexGen is a British Columbia corporation with a focus on the acquisition, exploration and development of Canadian uranium projects. NexGen has a highly experienced team of uranium industry professionals with a successful track record in the discovery of uranium deposits and in developing projects through discovery to production.

NexGen owns a portfolio of highly prospective uranium exploration assets in the Athabasca Basin, Saskatchewan, Canada, including a 100% interest in Rook I, location of the Arrow Discovery in February 2014. The Arrow Deposit's maiden Inferred mineral resource estimate is 201.9 M lbs U3O8 contained in 3.48 M tonnes grading 2.63% U3O8.  Rook I also hosts the Bow Discovery which is 3.7 km along trend and northeast of Arrow and was made in March 2015.

The TSXV has neither approved nor disapproved the contents of this press release. Neither the TSXV nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSXV) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Forward-Looking Information

This news release contains "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation.  "Forward-looking information" includes, but is not limited to, statements with respect to the activities, events or developments that the Company expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future, including, without limitation, the proposed use of proceeds and planned exploration activities. Generally, but not always, forward-looking information and statements can be identified by the use of words such as "plans", "expects", "is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates", or "believes" or the negative connotation thereof or variations of such words and phrases or state that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will be taken", "occur" or "be achieved" or the negative connation thereof.

Such forward-looking information and statements are based on numerous assumptions, including among others, that the results of planned exploration activities are as anticipated, the price of uranium, the anticipated cost of planned exploration activities, that general business and economic conditions will not change in a material adverse manner, that financing will be available if and when needed and on reasonable terms, and that third party contractors, equipment and supplies and governmental and other approvals required to conduct the Company's planned exploration activities will be available on reasonable terms and in a timely manner. Although the assumptions made by the Company in providing forward-looking information or making forward-looking statements are considered reasonable by management at the time, there can be no assurance that such assumptions will prove to be accurate.

Forward-looking information and statements also involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties and other factors, which may cause actual events or results in future periods to differ materially from any projections of future events or results expressed or implied by such forward-looking information or statements, including, among others: negative operating cash flow and dependence on third party financing, uncertainty of additional financing, no known mineral reserves or resources, pending assay results may not be consistent with preliminary results, discretion in the use of proceeds, alternative sources of energy, aboriginal title and consultation issues, reliance on key management and other personnel, potential downturns in economic conditions, actual results of exploration activities being different than anticipated, changes in exploration programs based upon results, availability of third party contractors, availability of equipment and supplies, failure of equipment to operate as anticipated; accidents, effects of weather and other natural phenomena and other risks associated with the mineral exploration industry, environmental risks, changes in laws and regulations, community relations and delays in obtaining governmental or other approvals.

Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking information or implied by forward-looking information, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that forward-looking information and statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated, estimated or intended. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements or information.  The Company undertakes no obligation to update or reissue forward-looking information as a result of new information or events except as required by applicable securities laws.

SOURCE NexGen Energy Ltd.

Image with caption: "Figure 1: Arrow Drill Hole Locations (CNW Group/NexGen Energy Ltd.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160613_C3575_PHOTO_EN_711728.jpg

Image with caption: "Figure 2: Schematic Long Section of the Arrow Deposit and the Area 180 m Southwest of Arrow (CNW Group/NexGen Energy Ltd.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160613_C3575_PHOTO_EN_711730.jpg

Image with caption: "Figure 3: AR-16-90c3 (Massive to Semi-Massive Mineralization) (CNW Group/NexGen Energy Ltd.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160613_C3575_PHOTO_EN_711732.jpg

Image with caption: "Figure 4: AR-16-90c3 (Semi-Massive Mineralization) (CNW Group/NexGen Energy Ltd.)". Image available at: https://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160613_C3575_PHOTO_EN_711734.jpg

For further information: Leigh Curyer, Chief Executive Officer, NexGen Energy Ltd., +1 604 428 4112, lcuryer@nexgenenergy.ca, www.nexgenenergy.ca; Travis McPherson, Corporate Development Manager, NexGen Energy Ltd., +1 604 428 4112, tmcpherson@nexgenenergy.ca, http://www.nexgenenergy.ca

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