Orex Minerals has announced that the 2014 diamond drilling program will begin in May on the Coneto Gold-Silver project in Durango state, Mexico.
The program will consist of approximately 10,800 metres in 28 holes, located in five areas on the Coneto property. A technical committee, with representation of both Orex and its project partner Fresnillo plc (FRES.L) ("Fresnillo"), is planning the Coneto exploration program, with Fresnillo as the operator.
According to Orex’s President, Gary Cope, "Following the results of the first two drilling phases, this new drilling program will expand our understanding and lead to the discovery of new gold and silver mineralization at Coneto. We look forward to continuing success on the Coneto Project."
Previously announced Phase-I and Phase-II drilling programs consisted of 17,000 metres in 52 drill holes. This new Phase-III drilling program has been planned for 28 diamond drill holes in five areas, including La Bufa-Santo Niño-Reliz, La Palma, Descubridora-El Indio, Loma Verde and Impulsora-Promontorio. The two objectives of this program are to continue to test mineralization along the known veins, and to test, with deeper holes, the unconformity contact between the Tertiary andesitic volcanics and the underlying Cretaceous sedimentary rocks.
Exploration programs have also begun on Orex’s Los Crestones Gold-Copper-Silver Project in Sinaloa State, Mexico. Orex has commissioned MPX Geoservices Ltd. to complete a helicopter-borne geophysical survey over Los Crestones. The proposed airborne magnetic and radiometric survey totals 993 line-km and will test the entire 4,168 hectare property at 50m line spacing. The survey is scheduled to be flown in mid-April.
Orex has decided to terminate the option agreement on the Persistence Copper-Gold Property in northwestern British Columbia, Canada, and have notified the vendor Cazador Resources Ltd.
CONETO MINING DISTRICT – DURANGO, MEXICO
The historic Coneto Mining District is situated in the heart of the "Mexican Silver Trend", stretching from Guanajuato in the southeast, through to the states of Zacatecas and Durango. The trend hosts some of the world’s largest silver deposits, including Fresnillo, Guanajuato, La Pitarrilla, Real de Angeles, and Zacatecas mining camps. The project is located in the Mesa Central, on the eastern flank of the Sierra Madre Occidental Mountains.
Orex and Fresnillo hold contiguous mineral concessions in the Coneto Mining District, which collectively total approximately 17,600 hectares and cover an extensive area of known mineralized epithermal quartz veins.
LOS CRESTONES GOLD-COPPER-SILVER PROJECT – SINALOA, MEXICO
Orex Minerals Inc. owns 100% of Los Crestones Project, a gold, copper and silver property in the "Gold-Silver Trend" on the western slope of the Sierra Madre Occidental mountains, northern Sinaloa, Mexico. It is east of El Gallo, north of Tameapa and southeast of San Jose de Gracias. The current interpretation of mineralization is that of north-south oriented structural zones hosting quartz veins, quartz stockworks and breccia fill, associated with dykes and porphyry-style mineralization.
Three structural zones, Corona, Bohemia and Indio, are elongate structures recognized on surface as erosion-resistant silicified ribs or "crestons". In addition several other sub-parallel structures are known on the property.
The 4,168 hectares property is currently undergoing geological and geochemical mapping and sampling, which will be followed by a geophysical program and a Phase-II diamond drilling program. Results of the Phase-I diamond drilling program at Los Crestones were summarized in a news release on 15 January, 2014.
Ben Whiting, P.Geo., is a Qualified Person as defined in NI 43-101 and takes responsibility for the technical disclosure contained within this news release.