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Benz Mining drills 8.62 m of 65.99% barite at Mel

2017-12-12 11:53 ET - News Release

Mr. Miloje Vicentijevic reports


Benz Mining Corp. has completed barite assays for its 2017 drill campaign on the Mel Main zone zinc-lead and barite deposit. Seven of the nine 2017 drill holes intersected significant barite values as predicted by the model. Seven high-grade barite intersections are reported from the barite-rich portion of the resource model. Those holes with low barite values occur primarily in the southern portion of the resource model predicted to have low barite values.

Barite (barium sulphate -- BaSO4) is a major component and the weighting agent used in drilling mud for the oil and gas industry's exploration and developmental drilling programs. It suppresses high formation pressures and prevents blowouts; the deeper the hole, the more barite is needed as a percentage of the total mud mix.

"The latest barite marketing study confirms initial barite sales in the 50,000-tons-per-year range. When oil and gas drilling activity in the eastern British Columbia and north-central Alberta regions increases again, the Mel project is uniquely positioned to tap into this growing market by selling its valuable byproduct," stated Miloje Vicentijevic, Benz president and chief executive officer.

As previously announced, all nine 2017 drill holes also encountered base metal mineralization where predicted by the resource model. Both the base metal and barite drill hole results support the current resource model and provide a high degree of confidence in both the model and continuity of the Mel deposit mineralization for zinc, lead and barite.

The 2017 drilling combined with additional drilling planned for 2018 are expected to provide the database required to expand resource and upgrade the current inferred resource to the measured and indicated categories. Analytical results are also providing information on the tenor and distribution of silver in the Mel deposit. The new barite results along with the previously released 2017 base metal results from the Mel Main zone are summarized in the associated table.

                     MEL MAIN ZONE 2017 DRILL RESULTS SUMMARY   
                                           true                   Barite
Hole No.       From       To   Interval   width    Zinc    Lead   (BaSO4)   Silver
                 (m)      (m)        (m)     (m)     (%)     (%)      (%)     (ppm) 

MEL-17-050    34.97    40.92       5.95    4.87    5.22    1.23    16.18      8.23  
             234.22   239.04       4.82    3.69    2.11    1.09     0.53      2.80  
MEL-17-051   295.50   296.84       1.34    0.86   14.15    4.17     0.27      8.12  
MEL-17-052    48.83    56.20       7.37    5.65    6.02    0.07    56.73      0.62  
includes      52.00    54.09       2.09    1.60   16.50   <0.01    57.94      1.08  
             253.36   256.89       3.53    2.70   10.34    4.33    31.67      2.18  
MEL-17-053    66.64    72.00       5.36    4.39    5.10    2.14    61.76      1.91  
             239.52   256.95      17.43   13.35    6.41    0.97    49.70      1.33  
includes     245.97   250.58       4.61    3.53   11.15    0.33    49.84      0.98  
MEL-17-054   250.63   257.59       6.96    4.47    2.44    1.10    10.03      0.58  
MEL-17-055   214.71   225.00      10.29   6.61     4.50    1.73    55.35      0.60  
MEL-17-056   224.38   229.00       4.62    4.00   16.65    0.66    10.58      1.10  
includes     226.25   229.00       2.75    2.38   27.78    0.66     4.95      1.46  
MEL-17-057   141.72   146.45       4.73    4.44    5.11    0.35    40.65      1.88  
MEL-17-058   119.63   142.12      22.49   12.90    8.45    0.26    65.99      0.42  
includes     128.44   137.06       8.62    4.94   10.93   <0.01    62.79      0.48  
includes     140.76   142.12       1.36    0.78   16.65   <0.01    37.89      0.76  

Assays and quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC)

The company had an industry-standard QA/QC program in place for its 2017 drill campaign that included insertion of blanks, duplicates and certified reference standards. Results of the control samples indicate reliable analytical results.

Sawn half core from the 2017 drill program was submitted to ALS Minerals Laboratories in Whitehorse, Yukon, for sample preparation with pulps forwarded to their analytical laboratory in North Vancouver, B.C. for multielement analysis. Description of the analytical procedures for base metals was given in the prior news release of Nov. 25, 2017. To obtain accurate barite content in the core samples, the company submitted all mineralized samples for barium analysis using a fusion digestion and XRF finish. Overlimit barium assays (more than 45 per cent Ba) were reassayed using a carbonate-fusion digestion and a gravimetric finish, a methodology specifically for high-grade barite samples.

Michael Gareau, PGeo, vice-president of geology for Benz, and a qualified person for the purposes of National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed the results of the 2017 Mel Main zone drilling and approved the technical information contained in this release. Mr. Gareau visited the Mel project in late October to review the 2017 drill core.

Benz is pleased to also announce the appointment of Gary Lindsey of StrataStar LLC to provide corporate communications and management consulting services to the company. Mr. Lindsey has provided corporate communication services at numerous mining companies over the past decade, where he gained extensive experience in the metals and mining industry, with a proven record of success with exploration, development and production companies.

Mr. Lindsey, as part of his compensation, will be granted an incentive option exercisable to purchase up to 250,000 common shares in the capital of the company at an exercise price of 18.5 cents per share. Benz president, Mr. Vicentijevic stated, "We are pleased to add Mr. Lindsey to our team and look forward to utilizing his expertise to help Benz grow."

About Benz Mining Corp.

Benz is focused on acquiring and developing mining assets in safe jurisdictions and is led by a team of experienced mine developers. In March, 2017, the company entered into a purchase agreement to acquire the Mel zinc-lead-barite project located in southeast Yukon (company news release dated March 13, 2017).

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