Helio Reports Drill Results from the Tumbili Target, SMP Gold Project, Tanzania

     Mineralisation confirmed over 1.4km strike length (still open)

     New High Grade zone – 2m grading 17.8g/t Au


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VANCOUVER, Jan. 10, 2012 /CNW/ – Helio Resource Corp. (TSX-V: HRC) is pleased to report the first results from the 2011 RC drill programme at the Tumbili Target, SMP Gold Project in Tanzania.


  • 5 fences of north-south RC drill holes were completed, confirming the presence of gold mineralisation over a strike length of 1,400m;
  • Mineralisation thickens towards the west and is still open to the east and west along strike, and to depth;
  • A new, NW-trending, high-grade zone of mineralisation has been identified – intercept of 2m grading 17.8g/t Au;
  • The new NW-trending zone is associated with a 600m long gold-in-soil anomaly;
  • This mineralisation is not included in the existing resource at the SMP gold project and continues to demonstrate the excellent potential to add to that resource.

Previous drilling of the Tumbili target (see map at http://www.helioresource.com/i/pdf/2012-01-10_NRM1.pdf) intersected best grades of 16m at 1.9g/t Au and 12m at 1.4g/t Au on two drill fence lines 1000m apart (see Company press release dated March 22, 2010).

The 2011 drilling was intended to infill and extend the known mineralisation at Tumbili.  A total of 36 holes (SSR17-SSR52 – 3,210m) were drilled on five drill fence lines 200-400m apart.

Drilling at Tumbili now covers 1,400m of strike at 200m-300m spacings, as shown on map represented in the following link:

The drilled bedrock mineralisation is open along strike to the E and W, and to depth.

The Company estimates that a further 3,000m of infill drilling is required to convert this mineralisation into a NI 43-101 compliant resource estimate.

Gold mineralisation at Tumbili is associated with sheeted quartz veins, and disseminated pyrite within a sericite-altered granitic host rock.  The nature of the mineralisation is consistent with mineralisation observed at the Kenge and Porcupine targets where metallurgical test-work shows gold recoveries of up to 96%, through conventional processing techniques.

Mineralised intercepts are tabulated below:

Hole From (m) Length (m) Grade Au (g/t) Comment
SSR18 16 2 0.8
and 66 2 0.5
and 72 2 4.9
SSR24 8 2 3.8
SSR26 72 2 0.5
SSR27 48 4 1.7
SSR30 60 2 2.1
SSR34 88 12+ 0.8 open
SSR37 82 2 1.1
SSR38 38 2 17.8
SSR41 54 2 1.0
SSR42 26 24 0.7
SSR43 62 8 0.8
SSR45 4 4 0.7
and 72 2 1.1
SSR46 38 4 0.6

The results of the drilling are available on the Company's website www.helioresource.com and at www.corebox.net.

Drilling Update

Reverse Circulation (RC) drilling was also completed at the Konokono target (29 RC drill holes: 2,670m) duringNovember 2011 – the results will be reported in due course.

About the SMP Gold Project

The SMP Gold Project covers an area of 238km2.  Gold mineralisation has been identified in 30 targets within the project area.  Two of these targets, Porcupine and Kenge, have been advanced to the resource stage and both, especially Porcupine, still have potential to grow significantly.  In November 2010, Golder Associates (UK) Ltd. provided an initial NI 43-101 compliant resource estimate for the SMP.  The restrained estimate at a 0.5g/t Au cut-off reported 498,075 ounces (10.94MT grading 1.41g/t Au) in the Measured and Indicated category, plus 273,847 ounces (7.06MT grading 1.2g/t Au) in the Inferred category.

Mineralisation at all 30 targets outcrops at surface, and varies from narrow, high grade gold mineralisation hosted in quartz veins and shear zones, to wide zones (up to 90m in width) of lower grade, bulk mineable / open pittable mineralisation.
Helio owns a 100% interest in four of five licences, subject to a 2% NSR to the vendors (Tanzanian small mining companies), and the Company is in the process of earning a 100% interest in the fifth licence.

Chris MacKenzie, M.Sc., C.Geol., Helio's COO and a Qualified Person as designated by NI 43-101, supervises the exploration at the SMP project, including the sampling and quality assurance / quality control programmes, and has reviewed and approved the contents of this news release.  Intercepts are reported as drilled widths, more drilling is required to confirm true widths. Continuous 1m and 2m samples were taken through the main mineralised zones, with variable sampling outside this.  Samples were split with a core saw and one half was retained on site.  All samples were submitted to the lab with internal QA/QC checks including the use of blanks and standards (ave. 1 every 17 samples) and duplicates (ave. 1 every 25 samples).  Samples were assayed at the SGS Laboratory in Mwanza,Tanzania by 50g gold fire assay.  As well as the Company's internal QA/QC programme, SGS also applied their own internal QA/QC programme, consisting of insertion of standards and duplicates.  Weighted average intercepts are calculated using a 0.5g/t Au cut-off, unless otherwise stated and may include some mineralised waste.  Any individual assays over 20g/t Au are highlighted.



"Richard D. Williams"    
Richard D. Williams, P.Geo
"Chris MacKenzie"
Christopher J. MacKenzie, C.Geol.

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