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Azarga Metals Drilling Confirms Sub-Surface Mineralization At Unkur Copper-Silver Project

August 22, 2016 Download PDF

AZARGA METALS CORP. ("Azarga Metals" or the “Company”) (TSX-V:AZR) announces an update on drilling at its Unkur Copper-Silver Project in the Zabaikalsky administrative region of eastern Russia. Two holes have been completed since drilling commenced approximately two weeks ago and both have intersected distinct zones of visible mineralization.

Hole AM-007 intersected approximately 23 meters of visible copper-bearing mineralization from 56 meters to 78 meters and hole AM-003 intersected approximately 20 meters of visible copper-bearing mineralization from 40 meters to 60 meters.

Azarga Metals’ president and CEO Dorian L. (Dusty) Nicol commented, "My enthusiasm for Unkur, already very high, is now even higher and I am very optimistic about what we will be able to drill out. Its encouraging technically and for our shareholders.”

DRILLING UPDATE

Since commencing with two rigs drilling diamond core drill-holes two weeks ago, Azarga Metals has completed the first two holes at its Unkur Copper-Silver Project as per the table below.

Details for Unkur phase one drilling program completed holes to date

Hole ID

East
(UTM)

North
(UTM)

RL

Dip

Azimuth
(magnetic)

Hole type

EOH

Recovery

AM-003

56.84

118.57

931m

70°

254°

DD

96m

95%

AM-007

56.83

118.58

928m

70°

239°

DD

80m

95%

Both holes encountered mineralized intersections in excess of 20 meters. Visual inspection of the core shows the presence of both oxidized copper and copper-bearing sulphide mineralization principally in the form of chalcocite.

Core from drill-hole AM-007 showing visible mineralization

Close-up of core from drill-hole AM-003 showing combination of chalcocite and oxidized copper

Source: Azarga Metals.

Source: Azarga Metals.

Core samples from the two completed holes will be dispatched to SGS Minerals Services in Chita today and assay results for those are expected in October.

FIRST PHASE DRILLING PROGRAM

Azarga Metals is now approximately one quarter through its first phase drilling program, which aims to drill between eight and ten holes totaling approximately 3,000 cumulative linear meters. The two drill rigs currently at Unkur are expected to operate through the end of October. Assays for the program should be received by the Company in the October through December period.

Drill rig operating at drill-hole location AM-003

CEO Dorian L. (Dusty) Nicol and General Manager Sergei Stefanovich inspecting core from drill-hole AM-003

Source: Azarga Metals.

Source: Azarga Metals.

Further details of the first phase drilling program at Unkur were contained in the Company’s news release of 2 June 2016.

UNKUR COPPER-SILVER PROJECT

Azarga Metals owns 60% of the Unkur Copper-Silver Project along with the right to acquire the remaining 40% in the future.

Sediment-hosted copper and silver mineralization has been identified across the 5,390 hectare project license area, in outcrops, trenches and by historical diamond drilling. The prior exploration outlined a large area of high-grade shallow stratiform sediment hosted copper-silver 20 to 50 meters thick over an area four to six kilometers long.

Further details concerning Unkur Copper-Silver Project are contained in a technical report filed by the Company as per its news release of 5 April 2016.

Qualified Person

The Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Dorian L. (Dusty) Nicol, B.Sc. Geo, MA Geo, a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101, has reviewed and approved the exploration information disclosures contained in this Press Release.

About Azarga Metals Corp.

Azarga Metals is a mineral exploration and development company that owns 60% of the Unkur Copper-Silver Project in the Zabaikalsky province in eastern Russia.

AZARGA METALS CORP.

"Dusty Nicol"

Dorian L. (Dusty) Nicol, President and CEO

For further information please contact: Doris Meyer, at +1 604 536-2711 ext 6, or visit www.azargametals.com.

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Cautionary Statement:

This news release contains forward-looking statements that are based on the Corporation's current expectations and estimates. Forward-looking statements are frequently characterized by words such as "plan", "expect", "project", "intend", "believe", "anticipate", "estimate", "suggest", "indicate" and other similar words or statements that certain events or conditions "may" or "will" occur. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from estimated or anticipated events or results implied or expressed in such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, among others: the actual results of current planned exploration activities; conclusions of economic evaluations; changes in project parameters as plans to continue to be refined; possible variations in ore grade or recovery rates; accidents, labour disputes and other risks of the mining industry; delays in obtaining governmental approvals or financing; and fluctuations in metal prices. There may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made and, except as may be required by applicable securities laws, the Corporation disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and accordingly undue reliance should not be put on such statements due to the inherent uncertainty therein.