2020 News

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, JANUARY 29TH, 2020 -- SALAZAR RESOURCES LIMITED (TSXV: SRL) (Frankfurt: CCG.F) (“Salazar” or the "Company") is pleased to provide an update on the Osos project, El Oro province, Ecuador, and to announce the appointment of Merlin Marr-Johnson as Executive Vice-President:

Highlights

  • Extensive sulphide mineralization within porphyries, metamorphic rocks and hydrothermal breccias mapped and tested, peaking at 14.5 g/t gold over 0.6 m in a veined quartzite
  • Apparent correlation of gold and copper grades with sulphide intensity
  • Numerous old workings for gold-silver in high-grade veins and in some hydrothermal breccia zones
  • Targets identified for imminent drill program

Fredy Salazar, CEO of Salazar Resources commented, “Work at Los Osos has returned excellent results with extensive mineralization identified in porphyritic intrusions, metamorphics, and in hydrothermal breccia bodies to date. Sampling and mapping of the extensive network of adits and galleries is ongoing, and we have already drawn up drill targets on previously untested bodies. What makes the Osos project so compelling is that it is only 10 km south of the 17 Moz Cangrejos gold project and Pacho Soria, our Chief Geologist, led the discovery team at Cangrejos. He knows the geology at Cangrejos intimately, and recognizes a very similar mineralizing system at Los Osos. Extensive artisanal work at Los Osos historically focused on high-grade, narrow veins. The potentially higher tonnage bodies with disseminated mineralization will be drill-tested for the first time by Salazar Resources this year.

We also congratulate Merlin on his promotion to Executive Vice President. Merlin is already an integral member of the management team and will continue to contribute leadership as Salazar Resources focuses on delivering value through discovery in Ecuador.”

Los Osos

Location

The Osos project is located in the southwest of Ecuador, in El Oro province, 35 km to the southeast of the town of Machala (population ~240,000), and 10 km to the southwest of the Cangrejos project. Cangrejos is the flagship project for Lumina Gold which contains 16.7 million ounces of gold in the measured and indicated categories, as per the NI 43-101 report published in November 2019.

Exploration history

Past exploration including mapping, sampling, and an airborne magnetic survey has been carried out by a number of companies, notably Newmont Overseas Exploration (1992-2001) and Kinross Ecuador (2005-2012). Salazar Resources has inherited a partial database of geological, geochemical and geophysical data, including 813 soil samples and 500 rock samples taken from surface and underground in the Kinross era. Separately the company also has maps and magnetic survey data from work done by Newmont. In the past six months Salazar Resources has collected 334 rock samples, re-mapped the area, and digitized historic data.

Figure 1. Map of Los Osos Licence area and other licences of interest nearby

Regional Geology

The southwestern part of Ecuador hosts a Miocene porphyry intrusive belt typified by multiple nested late Oligocene to Early Miocene intrusions that are in turn punctured and intruded by a number of porphyry dikes and breccia pipes. The approximately 20 Ma age of the intrusions in the intrusive belt is the same as that of the giant Chilean copper-gold porphyries which range in age from 10-40 Ma years.

Local geology and mineralization

The geology of the property is comprised of metamorphic rocks, intruded by Tertiary andesites and diorites. Mineralization is present in multiphase hydrothermal breccias, stockwork zones, and porphyry intrusions. When present, the mineralization in the rocks is pervasive and widespread, consisting of pyrite and chalcopyrite in varying quantities. There appears to be a correlation between the intensity of sulphide mineralization and gold and copper grades.

In the northeast of licence area there are several NE-SW trending quartz-breccia veins that are up to one meter in thickness and can be traced over several hundred meters. These arsenopyrite-pyrite-chalcopyrite veins contain significant gold and silver values, and have been extensively worked by artisanal miners. Intense propyllitic-argillic alteration and silicification can be observed across the property.

Figure 2. Prospect Geology and Mineralisation

Results

Salazar has taken 334 rock samples from both the mineralization in hydrothermal breccias and the veins worked by artisanal miners. The main exploration target for Salazar Resources are the potentially large-tonnage porphyry-related hydrothermal breccias, and to date multiple breccia bodies have been identified within the concession area, some up to 300 m by 200 m in size. As noted above, there is abundant sulphide mineralization in the area and mapping and sampling is ongoing. Results shown below are from two separate areas (Areas A and B shown in Figure 2 above) that the Company believes are illustrative of the type of mineralization present in Los Osos.

Area A exhibits porphyritic intrusions into metasediments visible in the walls of a stream gully in the central portion of the licence area. The mineralization can be traced over approximately 50 m, despite limited exposure. Four samples were taken from the gully ranging from 0.4 g/t gold over fault zone, to 14.5 g/t gold from a channel sample in veined quartzite.

Results from Area A, sampled over 50 m

Sample # Sample type Width m Au_ppm Ag_ppm Cu_ppm Zn_ppm As_ppm Lithology
52455 Panel 0.1 0.4 0.3 271 42 242 Fault zone
52456 Panel 0.6 14.5 8.8 3430 19 >10000 Quartzite / Vein
52457 Panel 0.5 8.1 43.5 7117 23 >10000 Quartzite
52458 Channel 0.8 0.6 4.3 215 14 256 Quartzite

Area B is traceable as a broadly continuous breccia body in underground workings over approximately 100m, and mappable at surface approximately 600 m northeast of Area A. Thirty three samples were taken from the underground workings, and range in grade from six separate samples that returned 0.1 g/t gold in channel samples, to a panel sample in breccia that returned 4.5 g/t gold.

Results from Area B, sampled over 100m

Sample # Sample type Width m Au_ppm Ag_ppm Cu_ppm Zn_ppm As_ppm Lithology
52254 Panel 1.0 0.2 3.7 314 3 922 Breccia
52255 Panel 0.5 0.3 3.1 350 13 446 Breccia
52256 Panel 0.8 0.2 3.7 1357 260 113 Intrusive
52258 Channel 0.8 0.7 0.5 105 3 219 Vein
52261 Panel 1.0 0.3 0.3 901 41 332 Intrusive
52263 Panel 0.6 0.4 0.2 106 10 106 Breccia
52264 Panel 0.5 0.3 4.1 8291 98 22 Intrusive
52267 Panel 0.7 0.7 4.6 244 7 1436 Breccia
52268 Panel 0.8 1.1 5.2 632 3 1168 Breccia
52269 Panel 1.2 0.2 4.9 151 11 517 Breccia
52271 Panel 0.9 0.6 2.3 1307 49 6118 Breccia
52275 Panel 1.2 0.2 5.6 160 3 263 Quartzite
52276 Channel 3.0 2.5 3.5 201 3 863 Breccia
52277 Panel 1.0 0.1 0.3 57 3 350 Breccia
52278 Panel 0.8 4.5 15.5 281 3 >10000 Breccia
52279 Channel 0.0 0.7 1.4 1246 64 >10000 Fault
52281 Channel 0.1 0.2 0.8 776 122 9177 Fault
52284 Panel 0.7 0.2 0.4 125 17 83 Quartzite
52285 Panel 1.0 0.1 0.1 55 61 50 Quartzite
52287 Channel 0.0 0.2 0.4 98 125 248 Vein
52291 Panel 0.8 0.1 0.4 179 20 507 Quartzite
52294 Panel 1.0 0.3 0.7 233 30 17 Quartzite
52295 Panel 1.0 0.4 0.4 275 24 23 Intrusive
52296 Panel 0.8 1.2 0.6 65 8 8889 Breccia
52298 Panel 1.0 0.1 0.3 130 37 17 Quartzite
52301 Chips 5.0 0.1 0.1 37 3 10 Breccia
52366 Panel 1.0 0.2 4.6 1377 44 742 Quartzite
52367 Panel 1.0 0.1 1.6 346 29 196 Quartzite
52371 Panel 1.0 0.1 1.3 167 9 152 Quartzite
52375 Panel 1.0 0.1 2.8 549 31 166 Intrusive
52376 Panel 1.0 0.5 1.6 291 31 123 Intrusive
52384 Channel 0.6 0.3 0.1 134 12 86 Fault
52386 Channel 0.6 0.2 5.4 222 20 545 Fault / Breccia

Results from the underground vein sampling in the far northeast of the concession returned extremely high grades. Of 63 underground vein samples in this area, 32 were in the range of 3.0 to 79.8 g/t gold, and 52 of the samples were 1.0 g/t gold or above. The results from these samples are included below.

Results from NE-SW veins in the northeast of the licence area

Sample # Width m Au_ppm Ag_ppm Cu_ppm Zn_pp, As_ppm Lithology
50831 1.0 12.9 27.7 1548 19 >10000 Vein
50832 0.5 0.1 1.4 97 45 987 Vein
51996 0.8 22.6 27.7 1708 527 >10000 Vein / Breccia
51998 0.8 2.3 13.0 454 190 >10000 Vein / Breccia
51999 0.5 2.8 28.3 572 897 3255 Vein / Breccia
52156 0.1 18.5 28.2 3144 54 >10000 Vein
52157 0.2 2.5 4.3 213 16 >10000 Vein
52158 0.2 7.5 13.2 832 415 >10000 Vein
52159 0.4 1.9 12.8 1251 809 8088 Vein
52160 0.2 32.7 81.9 8828 1699 >10000 Vein
52161 1.0 1.2 10.8 367 152 2418 Vein
52162 0.1 1.1 12.0 499 68 2598 Vein
52167 0.2 0.1 1.5 67 19 116 Veinlets
52168 0.4 1.3 8.3 1664 111 2495 Vein
52169 0.1 4.2 14.6 557 206 >10000 Vein
52171 0.1 46.1 46.6 224 160 2008 Vein
52173 0.1 1.9 1.5 19 21 432 Vein
52175 0.4 6.0 2.9 107 35 612 Vein
52178 0.1 1.0 7.6 66 27 2348 Vein
52182 0.1 0.3 5.0 112 135 343 Vein
52185 0.5 8.5 16.5 1118 190 >10000 Veinlets
52186 0.8 0.3 2.0 303 25 978 Veinlets
52188 0.5 0.1 1.3 51 124 282 Veinlets
52192 0.1 1.0 29.7 361 98 2878 Vein
52196 0.6 0.4 33.6 51 46 740 Veinlets
52197 0.7 0.5 21.3 143 115 4388 Veinlets
52201 0.6 0.2 5.3 74 190 414 Veinlets
52204 0.3 3.5 25.0 1384 7670 >10000 Vein
52209 0.4 10.9 43.8 922 95 >10000 Vein
52211 0.2 6.8 7.6 970 2531 >10000 Vein
52212 0.4 14.7 36.3 657 183 >10000 Vein
52214 0.3 5.3 12.7 447 740 >10000 Vein
52215 0.2 31.1 94.1 2778 40370 >10000 Vein
52225 0.3 14.0 65.0 1414 8253 >10000 Vein
52233 0.1 18.3 4.0 10 103 >10000 Vein
52237 0.1 79.8 124.8 1809 39830 >10000 Vein
52243 0.4 11.8 63.1 1055 3540 >10000 Vein
52245 0.4 3.3 17.9 846 144 >10000 Vein
52302 0.4 1.2 6.6 464 177 5259 Vein / Breccia
52304 1.0 1.8 13.1 684 126 6061 Vein / Breccia
52306 0.8 0.9 6.3 597 27 6773 Vein / Breccia
52308 1.0 29.4 74.0 5514 106 >10000 Vein / Breccia
52311 1.0 31.1 116.8 1151 71 >10000 Vein / Breccia
52313 1.2 3.2 19.7 221 54 >10000 Vein / Breccia
52318 3.0 1.1 5.4 387 185 2118 Vein / Breccia
52319 1.5 8.8 9.5 664 113 >10000 Vein / Breccia
52320 1.3 1.3 3.1 41 7 3955 Vein / Breccia
52321 1.3 0.4 2.5 30 13 341 Vein / Breccia
52323 0.7 2.1 2.5 145 44 >10000 Vein / Breccia
52330 0.7 6.4 64.2 8511 325 >10000 Vein / Breccia
52331 0.2 36.4 40.7 1091 1428 >10000 Vein
52332 0.2 2.0 10.4 941 545 >10000 Vein
52334 0.4 15.7 13.5 751 189 >10000 Vein
52335 0.5 1.2 15.5 79 19 726 Vein
52338 0.3 34.6 11.2 486 303 >10000 Vein
52339 0.4 2.8 19.0 109 24 5208 Vein
52342 0.3 3.2 23.5 2081 163 >10000 Vein
52343 1.1 1.7 5.5 319 25 >10000 Vein
52352 0.2 4.7 22.6 1141 666 >10000 Vein
52355 0.9 2.5 59.5 75 34 3578 Vein
52356 0.6 28.1 41.8 158 131 6978 Vein
52358 0.7 0.6 8.1 552 66 378 Vein
52359 0.3 22.0 60.4 468 563 >10000 Vein

Interpretation and plans

Salazar notes the similarities in the geological setting of Los Osos to the Cangrejos deposits. Francisco “Pacho” Soria, Chief Geologist for Salazar Resources spent five years exploring the Cangrejos deposits, taking the project through targeting, soil and rock chip sampling, mapping, and the first twenty nine drill holes, all of which intersected mineralization. Collating Pacho’s experience, the historic database and recent assay results, the Company believes that the distribution of gold mineralization visible to date at Los Osos is highly encouraging. A drill plan targeting areas of intense sulphide mineralization is being developed and the Company aims to start drilling at Los Osos in Q2 2020.

The high grade veins in the northeast of the concession area illustrate that the mineralizing systems at Los Osos are metal rich. The veins do not, however, represent a priority exploration target for Salazar Resources.

QAQC

Salazar maintains a rigorous chain-of-custody and quality assurance/quality control program that includes the insertion of certified standard control samples and blanks, and re-analysis of samples with high levels (over limit) of gold, copper and zinc. All samples were analysed by Inspectorate Services Perú S.A.C. (Bureau Veritas), a certified ISO 17025:1999 and ISO 9001:2000 laboratory. The laboratory also maintains a QAQC program that includes insertion of blanks, standards and duplicate reanalysis of selected samples. Gold was analysed by fire assay – atomic absorption spectroscopy (FA-AAS). Silver, copper, zinc and other elements were analyzed by aqua regia extraction with an Inductively Coupled Plasma — Mass Spectroscopy (ICP-MS) finish.

Qualified Person

Kieran Downes, P. Geo., a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed and verified the technical information provided in this release.

Corporate

Salazar Resources is pleased to announce the appointment of Merlin Marr-Johnson as an Executive Vice President of the Company. Mr Marr-Johnson joined the company in January 2019 as VP Corporate Development.
 

About Salazar

Salazar Resources (SRL.V) (CCG.F) is a mineral resource company engaged in the exploration and development of mineral deposits in Ecuador and Colombia. The company has a proven Ecuadorian discovery team led by ex-head of Newmont Ecuador, Fredy Salazar; a team of 40 people including fifteen geologists; three drill rigs and an unrivalled Ecuadorian 'grass roots' network. The Salazar team has been involved with many discoveries in Ecuador, including including Curipamba (Adventus Mining and Salazar Resources), Fruta Del Norte (Lundin Gold), the Mozo deposit, Cangrejos (Lumina Gold) Rio Blanco (Junefield Mineral Resources and Hunnan Gold), and Gaby (ENAMI).

Salazar Resources aspires to be Ecuador's leading project generator with the right partners at the right time making the company self-funding.

Salazar Resources has a farm-out agreement with Adventus on the Curipamba VMS discovery, whereby Adventus can earn 75% of the project by funding exploration and development expenditures of US$25 million before October 2022. A feasibility study is expected to be completed during 2021, after which Adventus is required to fund 100% of the development and construction expenditures to commercial production. In addition, Salazar Resources has a funded exploration alliance with Adventus on two other projects, Pijili and Santiago, within a defined Area of Interest.

Salazar Resources is advancing its 100% owned Rumiñahui, Macara, and Los Osos projects with the aim of making Ecuador's next significant copper-gold discovery.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF SALAZAR RESOURCES LIMITED

Fredy Salazar
Salazar Resources (Chief Executive Officer)
fsalazar@salazarresources.com
Tel: +593 (0) 99 733 6152

Merlin Marr-Johnson
Salazar Resources (Executive Vice President)
merlin@salazarresources.com
Tel: +44 20 7389 5023

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This press release contains “forward -looking information” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws. Any statements that express or involve discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions or future events or performance (often, but not always, identified by words or phrases such as “believes”, “anticipates”, “expects”, “is expected”, “scheduled”, “estimates”, “pending”, “intends”, “plans”, “forecasts”, “targets”, or “hopes”, or variations of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “will”, “should” “might”, “will be taken”, or “occur” and similar expressions) are not statements of historical fact and may be forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking information herein includes, but is not limited to, statements that address activities, events or developments that Salazar expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future. Although Salazar has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking information, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such information will prove to be accurate, and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such information. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. Salazar undertakes to update any forward-looking information except in accordance with applicable securities laws.

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