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TORONTO AND JOHANNESBURG, May 12 /CNW/ - First Uranium Corporation (TSX:FIU) (JSE:FUM) (ISIN:CA33744R1029)
("First Uranium" or "the Company") has today announced that its
Ezulwini mine shaft moiling and upgrade program has made significant
progress and as a result, a key production restraint has been removed.
The moiling (clearing) program was initiated after the shaft capacity
was restricted due to lateral pressures experienced in December 2010
that created pinch points along the shaft's hanging tower structure.
This necessitated a reduction in winding speeds for all conveyances
ranging from between two and four metres per second through the hanging
The shaft is now operating at the targeted speeds with man and material
conveyances now travelling at up to seven meters per second.
The material handling capacity of the shaft has also been significantly
improved. The improved speeds mean that the material handling capacity
of the shaft has increased with immediate effect from 110 cars in a
nine hour cycle to 135 cars a cycle, an increase of 23%.
First Uranium President and CEO, Deon van der Mescht, said, "This
represents a step change in our overall production ramp up program. By
addressing the winder speeds of key conveyances, we have removed one of
the key obstacles to achieving our production targets. This concludes
Phase 1 of the moiling program and we will continue with the planned
maintenance program and shaft up-grade program, which will facilitate
further increases in winding speeds to ensure that shaft capacity keeps
pace with the planned production ramp-up."
At present, current winding speeds are sufficient to hoist the planned
tonnages and do not represent a production constraint.
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Company's plans involve various estimates and assumptions and its
business and operations are subject to various risks and uncertainties,
including without limitation, the outcome of the appeal of the Water
Use Licence by FSE. For more details on these estimates, assumptions,
risks and uncertainties, see the Company's most recent Annual
Information Form and most recent Management Discussion and Analysis on
file with the Canadian provincial securities regulatory authorities on
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there can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be
accurate, such statements are subject to significant risks and
uncertainties, and actual results and future events could differ
materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly,
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