VANCOUVER, April 6 /PRNewswire/ - Helio Resource Corp (TSXV: HRC) is pleased to provide an exploration update on its 100%-owned Damara Gold Project (DGP) in Namibia situated 25km - 130km east of AngloGold-Ashanti's (AGA) Navachab gold mine.
As reported on March 22, 2011, Helio has identified eight high-priority targets on the Wilhelmstal licence, one of which is the Leatherman Target (see map at www.helioresource.com/i/pdf/2011-04-06_NRM1.pdf for the detailed location of the targets identified on the Wilhelmstal licence).
A recently completed soil sampling survey over the Leatherman Target has defined two large, continuous gold-in-soil anomalies which represent high-priority drill targets (please refer to the map at www.helioresource.com/i/pdf/2011-04-06_NRM2.pdf for details on the two anomalies defined).
A total of 369 soil samples were collected on a 50m x 25m grid covering 1,000m x 400m.
The main anomaly has a Au ± As ± Cu ± Fe ± W association. It trends ENE-WSW and is 800m long and up to 70m wide, as defined by the 30ppb Au contour. The anomaly is open to the east along strike. Four samples within the anomaly have values over 500ppb Au. The two highest grade samples - 3,846ppb Au and 1,771ppb Au - are located 700m apart (see map at www.helioresource.com/i/pdf/2011-04-06_NRM2.pdf).
The anomaly is underlain by sulphidised tremolite-skarn alteration within carbonates. Previous rock sampling by AGA recorded up to 5m grading 11.3g/t Au. Limited rock sampling by Helio within this anomaly has also confirmed the presence of bedrock gold mineralisation, with values in grab samples of up to 2.4g/t Au.
The second anomaly is located 150m north of the main anomaly and covers approximately 1,000m x 120m (defined by the 10ppb Au contour). It overlies a zone of tremolite-quartz alteration in carbonates but is less pronounced than the main Leatherman anomaly. Peak values within the anomaly are 216ppb Au against a threshold of less than 10ppb Au. The anomaly merges with the main anomaly towards the east and is also open along strike.
Soil sampling grids around Leatherman will be extended to delineate the strike extent of the soil anomalies.
Drill testing of these anomalies will commence as soon as possible.
The DGP Gold Project
The DGP comprises four licences (covering 318,500ha or 3,185km2), namely Etjo South, Okakango, Wilhelmstal and Otjimbojo. Helio holds a 100% interest in the project.
The DGP is located between AGA's Navachab Mine to the southwest and Auryx Gold Corp.'s Otjikoto Project to the northeast.
The Navachab mine has been in production since 1989 and, as of December 2009, has produced approximately 1.5 Moz of gold and has a non-NI 43-101 compliant resource of 4.48 Moz grading 1.17g/t Au (source AngloGold Ashanti Quarterly Report, December, 2010).
Auryx's Otjikoto Gold Project, located approximately 150km northeast of Helio's licences has a NI43-101 indicated resource (February, 2011) of 15.78Mt grading 1.94g/t Au and an inferred resource of 8.37Mt grading 1.94g/t Au for total of 1.5 Moz at a 0.8g/t cut-off.
Helio Resource Corp. is a well financed gold exploration company focused on increasing the initial NI 43-101 compliant resource at the SMP Gold Project in Tanzania and outlining the resource potential at the Damara Gold Project in Namibia.
In November 2010, Helio released an encouraging initial resource estimate for the SMP: Measured and Indicated Resource of 588,749 ounces (11.82Mt grading 1.54g/t Au) plus an Inferred Resource of 352,354 ounces (9.9Mt grading 1.10g/t Au) at a cut off grade of 0.3g/t Au.
Chris MacKenzie, M.Sc., C.Geol., Helio's COO and a Qualified Person as designated by NI 43-101, supervises the exploration at Helio's projects, including the sampling and quality assurance / quality control (QA-QC) programmes, and has reviewed the contents of this news release. All geochemical samples were submitted to Acme Analytical Laboratories in Vancouver for ICP analysis using the 1DX 30g method. As well as the lab's own internal QA-QC controls (blanks, standards and replicates), Helio applied a QA-QC programme consisting of taking duplicates or inserting CRM standards at a rate of approximately 1 every 22 to 26 samples.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
| "Richard D. Williams"
Richard D. Williams, P.Geo
| "Chris MacKenzie"
Christopher J. MacKenzie, C.Geol.
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SOURCE Helio Resource Corp.