NioCorp Drills 73m Grading 0.68% Nb2O5
June 26, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) — NioCorp Developments Ltd. (“NioCorp” or the “Company“) (TSX VENTURE:NB)(OTCQX:NIOBF)(FRANKFURT:BR3) is pleased to announce initial results from the first phase drilling program currently underway at the Elk Creek Carbonatite project, located in southeast Nebraska.
A total of 752 samples from hole NEC14-006 were delivered to Activation Laboratories Ltd. (Act Labs), Ancaster, Ontario Canada, from which Nb2O5 analytical results from the first 230 samples have been received by the Company.
Highlights of these results include:
- 309 to 382 m (73 m interval) 0.68% Nb2O5 weighted averaged
- Including 343 – 371 m (28 m interval) 0.789% Nb2O5
- 343 – 358 m (15 m interval) 0.937% Nb2O5
- 343 – 364 m (21 m interval) 0.864% Nb2O5
- 352 – 359 m (7 m interval) greater than 1% Nb2O5
“We are extremely pleased with the progress of drilling and the results to date, as they are directly in line with our expectations and goals to enhance the classification of this resource in line with our corporate objectives,” stated Mark Smith, CEO of NioCorp.
Drilling continues on the site with two drill rigs, and the Company anticipates receiving and disseminating results from further drilling activities to be received on a steady basis over the next couple of months. Results from analytical analysis for the final 390 m of hole NEC14-006 are expected shortly.
Sampling was continuously collected from the base of the limestone-carbonatite contact to the end of the drillhole (230 m to 772.67 m). The Carbonatite continued at depth and remains open in that direction. HQ diameter core was sawn into half-core samples, and control samples were inserted into each batch. NEC14-006 was oriented at an azimuth of 030 (NE) degrees, with a -70 degree dip.
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Qualified Persons: Mr. Brad Ulry, P.Geo is the qualified person responsible for the Elk Creek Carbonatite drilling operations and has read and approved the technical disclosure contained in this news release.
About the Company: NioCorp are developing the only primary niobium deposit known to be under development in the U.S., and the highest grade undeveloped niobium deposit in North America, located near Elk Creek, Nebraska. The Company has published an NI 43-101 resource of 19.3 Million tonnes grading 0.67% Indicated, containing over 129,182 tonnes of Nb2O5, and 83.3 Mt grading 0.63% Inferred, containing over 523,844 tonnes of Nb2O5). Niobium is mainly used in the form of Ferro-Niobium to produce HSLA (High Strength, Low Alloy) steel, to produce lighter, stronger steel for use in automotive, structural and pipeline industries. The U.S. imports 100% of its niobium needs.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
Peter Dickie, Director, President and Corporate Secretary
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