Construction at Palangana is on-track for initial production starting in November this year
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CORPUS CHRISTI, TX, Aug. 30 /CNW/ - Uranium Energy Corp (NYSE-AMEX: UEC, the "Company") is pleased to announce that the Company has now completed the first of three phases of wellfield development at Production Area One ("PAA-1") at the Palangana ISR uranium project located in South Texas.
The Company has completed 40 injection and production wells thus far, which completed Phase One in the development of PAA-1. The wells will be brought on-stream in three approximately equivalent phases as part of the build-up to initial sustainable levels of production. Construction of Palangana's ion-exchange satellite facility is also underway with pumps and tanks to be installed in mid-September.
Harry Anthony, Chief Operating Officer, stated, "The development progress at Palangana is on-track, on-schedule and on-budget for initial production starting in November this year. We are continuing the drilling, electrical build-out and wellfield piping, and are pleased with the pace and testing to date."
The Company has also completed drilling and flow-testing the Class 1 non-hazardous waste disposal well, known as WDW 419, that is needed for the Palangana project. WDW 419 is permitted for injection of by-product solutions generated during in-situ recovery of uranium and during restoration of the field. The well was drilled and cased to a depth of 6,950 feet in June and July. It was perforated in early August with two perforation intervals.
The well has now been flow-tested using filtered brine at several rates ranging between 42 and 176 gallons per minute at wellhead pressures ranging from 0, or a vacuum, up to 300 pounds per square inch, and was successful from applying just these modest wellhead pressures. WDW 419 is in the top 99 percentile of all Class I uranium wells based on superb flow rates at modest injection pressures.
About In-Situ Recovery (ISR) Mining
Uranium Energy Corp will be employing in-situ recovery or ISR mining technology at the Palangana uranium project. ISR is injected-solution mining that reverses the natural process that deposited the uranium in the sandstones. On-site ground water is fortified with gaseous oxygen and is introduced to the uranium ore body through a pattern of injection wells. The solution dissolves the uranium in the sandstone uranium host. The uranium-bearing solution is brought back to surface through production wells where the uranium is concentrated on resins for trucking to the Company's Hobson processing plant to be concentrated further and dried into yellowcake for market. This pattern of injection and recovery wells is called a wellfield. For more information, including photographs and detailed captions, please read the President's Mid-Year Report to Shareholders dated July 27, 2010 at www.uraniumenergy.com.
About Uranium Energy Corp
Uranium Energy Corp. (NYSE-AMEX: UEC) is a U.S.-based exploration and development company with the objective of near-term uranium production in the U.S. The Company's fully licensed and permitted Hobson processing facility is central to all of its projects in South Texas, including the fully-permitted Palangana in-situ recovery project, and the Goliad in-situ recovery project which is in the final stages of mine permitting for production. The Company's operations are managed by professionals with a recognized profile for excellence in their industry, a profile based on many decades of hands-on experience in the key facets of uranium exploration, development and mining.
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