CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Nov. 3, 2014) - BACANORA MINERALS LTD. (TSX VENTURE:BCN)(AIM:BCN) ("Bacanora" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that the drilling program at its Magdalena borate project (the "Magdalena Borate Project") commenced today. On completion of the drill program at Magdalena, the drill rig will be mobilized to the Company's 100 % owned La Ventana lithium deposit ("La Ventana") to conduct a program of infill drilling in support of pre-feasibility work being conducted there. In addition, a reverse circulation rig has today been mobilized to the Buenavista concession, which is owned by Megalit S.A. de C.V. (Bacanora: 70% ownership; Rare Earth Minerals PLC ("REM"): 30% ownership). Details of the drill programs are summarized as follows:

  • 1,000 metres of HQ-core drilling at the Magdalena Borate Project (100 % owned by Bacanora) in order to define and outline the second borate bearing target (Unit B) at the most advanced target, the El Cajon borate deposit;

  • 15 holes at La Ventana ranging between 80 metres and 120 metres. This infill program is designed to upgrade certain sections of the resource to the higher "measured" resource category which will underpin the mine design in particular the open pit mine plan and production scheduling; and

  • 25 holes at the Buenavista concession ranging between 30 metres and 50 metres with the aim of defining a NI 43-101 compliant lithium resource to add to the already defined indicated lithium mineral resource of 3.28 million tonnes ("mt") of lithium carbonate equivalent ("LCE")1 on La Ventana and the Mexilit concessions. Drilling will utilize a reverse circulation rig, which has today been mobilized to site, with drilling due to begin this week. The program will be the first drill test of clay zones exposed over an area of 6 km by 1.25 km, and within which previous surface sampling returned lithium values of up to 1,700 ppm. The drilling at Buenavista utilizes the funds previously supplied by REM.

Colin Orr-Ewing, Chairman of Bacanora, commented:

"We are pleased to have taken the first steps of the 5,000 metre drilling program that we announced in late September. The drilling program at La Ventana is designed to further advance and upgrade our lithium resource, as well to support the pre-feasibility study as we advance the project towards commercialization. In addition, the drilling at Magdalena further supports the pre-feasibility work being undertaken on the project."

Carl G. Verley, P.Geo. is the Qualified Person pursuant to National Instrument 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects ("NI 43-101") and the AIM Note for Mining and Oil and Gas Companies that has reviewed and approved the technical contents of this news release.


Bacanora is a Canadian and London listed minerals explorer (TSX VENTURE:BCN)(AIM:BCN). The Company explores and develops industrial mineral projects, with a primary focus on lithium and borates. The Company's operations are based in Hermosillo in northern Mexico and it currently has two significant projects under development in the state of Sonora. The two main assets of Bacanora are:

  • The Sonora Lithium Project, which consists of ten mining concession areas covering 104,064 hectares in the north east of Sonora state. The Company, through drilling work to date, has established an NI 43-101 compliant indicated resource of 3.28 mt of LCE at a 2,000 ppm cut-off grade. The Company's 100 % owned La Ventana deposit, which lies within the Sonora Lithium Project, hosts an NI 43-101 compliant drill indicated lithium resource of 1.27 mt of LCE; and

  • The Magdalena Borate Project, covering 16,503 hectares in Sonora state, Mexico, where the Company's main borate zone, El Cajon, has an NI 43-101 compliant indicated resource of 1.17 mt of B2O3, at an eight percent cut-off grade. The Company has completed a number of measures to determine the geological and commercial potential of the project and is undertaking a pre-feasibility exercise to determine the economic benefit of developing the mine and constructing a processing plant on site in order to become a supplier of boric acid.

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1 1 LCE = lithium carbonate (Li2CO3) equivalent, determined by multiplying lithium value by 5.324 to get an equivalent Li2CO3 value in per cent. Use of LCE is to provide data comparable with industry reports and assumes complete conversion of lithium in clays with no recovery or process losses.

Contact Information:

Bacanora Minerals Ltd.
Colin Orr-Ewing
Non-Executive Chairman
+44 (0) 20 3696 2410

Bacanora Minerals Ltd.
Shane Shircliff
Chief Executive Officer
(403) 237 6122

Bacanora Minerals Ltd.
Martin Vidal
(+52 662) 210-0767