NRG Metals Inc. Receives Drilling Permits for Salar Escondido Lithium Project

AUGUST 9, 2017 / Vancouver, BC – NRG Metals Inc. (“NRG” or the “Company”) (TSX-V: NGZ) (OTCQB: NRGMF) (Frankfurt: OGPN) is pleased to announce that it has received permits to drill the Salar Escondido lithium project (formerly called Carachi Pampa) in Catamarca province, Argentina.

The Salar Escondido project comprises mining concessions totaling approximately 29,180 hectares (72,100 acres) located 280 km southeast of the provincial capital of Catamarca. The project location is shown in the following figure.

Salar Escondido claim map

Salar Escondido lithium project, showing the location of Albemarle’s Antofalla lithium project and FMC’s producing Fenix lithium mine and Galaxy Resources’ Sal de Vida lithium development project in the Salar de Hombre Muerto. The Salar de Hombre Muerto is also the location of the Company’s Hombre Muerto North lithium project. The nearby Cerro Galán Caldera has been postulated to be a primary source of lithium deposits in the region

Salar Escondido is a large basin, roughly 20 by 40 kilometers in size, which is mostly covered by a series of overlapping alluvial fans. NRG’s technical team believes that a large salar with an area of at least 700 km2 developed in the basin about 2 million years ago.

After the salar was formed, it was buried by coalescing alluvial fans, and it is thus considered to be a “paleo-salar”. Hence the name Salar Escondido, which means “hidden salar” in Spanish.

Only a small portion of the original brine salar is presently exposed at surface in a small saline lake in the southwest portion of the basin. The brine in the lake contains anomalous lithium values.

As reported in a news release dated November 21, 2016, the Company tested the paleosalar hypothesis by conducting a Vertical Electric Sounding (VES) geophysical survey over the central part of the basin. The survey detected an extensive zone of very low resistivity (shown in pink in the following illustration). Management believes this zone represents a paleo-salar saturated with saline brine that may contain lithium.

Salar Escondido VES geophysical survey

Schematic vertical section based on VES geophysical survey showing a very low resistivity zone (pink), with overlying dry (gray), fresh water (blue) and brackish (green) zones.

Adrian Hobkirk, CEO of NRG Metals commented: “We are very excited about the exploration potential of the large conductive zone that has been identified in an area that contains anomalous lithium values in surface waters. We have assembled an outstanding lithium team, and now that we have the drilling permits in hand, we are excited to move forward and test the Salar Escondido target.”

NRG is in the process of soliciting contractor bids for drilling and will commence drilling a minimum of 600 meters in two core holes as soon as a contractor is selected and field conditions permit. If encouraging lithium values are encountered, NRG will drill at least four additional holes at a grid spacing of approximately five kilometers and also drill larger diameter wells for pumping tests in order to establish a NI 43-101 compliant maiden mineral resource estimate.

NRG Metals Inc. is an exploration stage company focused on the advancement of lithium brine projects in Argentina. In addition to the Salar Escondido lithium project, the Company is evaluating the 3,287 hectare Hombre Muerto North lithium project in the province of Salta. The Hombre Muerto North project is located at the northern end of the prolific Hombre Muerto Salar, adjacent to FMC’s producing Fenix mine and Galaxy Resources’ Sal de Vida development stage project. As announced in a press release dated July 13, 2017, the Company has filed an Environmental Impact Study and applied for permits to drill the Hombre Muerto North Project.

NRG Metals Inc. currently has 66,890,558 shares issued and outstanding, and trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under symbol NGZ, on the OTC QB Market under symbol NRGMF, and on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange under symbol OGPN.

The preparation of this press release was supervised by Mr. William Feyerabend, a Certified Professional Geologist and a member of the American Institute of Professional Geologists, and a Qualified Person as defined under National Instrument 43-101. Mr. Feyerabend approves the scientific and technical disclosure contained in this press release.

On Behalf of the Board of Directors of NRG Metals Inc.
Adrian F. C. Hobkirk President and Chief Executive Officer /ahobkirk@nrgmetalsinc.com
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