US Symbol: ATURF
VANCOUVER, Jan. 20 /CNW/ - Athabasca Uranium Inc. ("Athabasca" or the
"Company") is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Right of
First Offer agreement (the "Agreement") with an arm's-length vendor
whereby the Company will have the sole and exclusive right to acquire
three prospective mineral properties in the uranium-rich Athabasca
Basin region of northern Saskatchewan.
The Agreement gives the Company the sole and exclusive right to enter
into definitive option agreements to acquire up to a 100% interest
(subject to net smelter return royalties) on any or all of three
mineral dispositions which cover 11,344 hectares (28,031 acres) located
on the southeastern margin of the Athabasca Basin. In consideration for
this right, the Company will pay the vendor $40,000 which is applicable
to acquisition costs and 50% refundable in the event that Athabasca
elects not to complete the acquisitions. The Agreement also provides
the Company with access to perform preliminary exploration work prior
to acquisition as part of due diligence. Pre-acquisition expenditures
on the properties will be applicable to future exploration commitments.
Each of the three mineral dispositions is contiguous or in proximity to
the Company's current exploration projects within the Basin. The three
claim blocks each represent distinct exploration areas as follows:
The Hodges Lake block covers an area of 4,722 ha (11,668 acres) and is
contiguous with the southeastern-most extent of the McGregor Lake
Project. The acquisition of this block is significant in that the
southernmost part of the newly acquired block hosts a 5.5 kilometers
long EM anomaly, delineated by an Airborne Magnetic and GEOTEM survey
conducted by International Uranium Corporation in 2006. The Hodges Lake
block is adjacent to Denison/JNR's Moore Lake Deposit (Maverick Zone),
where significant uranium mineralization has been identified through
multiple diamond drill programs.
The Hamilton Lake block covers an area of 5,873 ha (14,512 acres) and is adjacent to the northeastern- most extent of the Company's Webb
River Project. The Hamilton Lake block is located on the eastern edge
of the Basin in a similar geological setting as the West Bear and Moore
Lake deposits. The acquisition is significant in that the block hosts a
~10km of a northeast-trending conductive array delineated by both
airborne VLF-EM/magnetometer survey and ground VLF-EM in 1979-80. The
conductive array appears to be limited or controlled by northeast
trending magnetic features. Subsurface conductive anomalies coincident
with structural controls are primary exploration targets for uranium in
Key Lake East
The Key Lake East Property is a 749 ha (1,850 acres) claim located
approximately 15.6 kilometers southeast of the Key Lake Mine. The claim
lies between Hathor's Russell South Project and Triex Minerals'
Highrock Project. The northwest corner of Key Lake East exhibits a
magnetic low feature which corresponds to a larger northeast trending
anomaly. Uranium discoveries in this region, and particularly those in
the Key Lake area, have been made through the investigation of
conductors found within magnetic lows. Cameco's Key Lake Mine produced
over 200 million pounds of uranium from 1983-1987. Key Lake is
currently processing ore from the McArthur River mine and from
stockpiles on site. The mill has an annual production capacity of 18.7
million pounds U3O8, the largest capacity in the world.
Due to the proximity of the new properties to existing UAX projects, the
Company has contracted with Geotech Ltd. to immediately expand its
current Phase One exploration program to include each of the three
areas as part of its due diligence review. Line kilometres have been
added to the flight plans for the ongoing heli-borne Z-TEM survey
currently being conducted at the Company's McGregor Lake and Webb River
Regarding the Agreement, UAX President & CEO Gil Schneider commented:
"The Company is excited with this opportunity to strengthen its already
significant land package in this most productive region of the
Athabasca Basin - this is certainly another milestone in the
fulfillment of the Company's mission statement. We are very pleased to
hold highly prospective land alongside established players in the area
such as Denison, JNR Resources, Hathor and Cameco."
Incentive Stock Options
The Company also announces that its Board of Directors has granted
incentive stock options to purchase up to 1,475,000 common shares of
the Company at a price of $0.26 per share for a period of five years to
its directors, officers and consultants. The grant of stock options is
subject to the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange.
About Athabasca Uranium
Athabasca Uranium Inc. is a junior uranium exploration and development
company trading on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol UAX. The
Company's stated vision is to acquire and explore prospective
properties located in the uranium-rich Athabasca Basin in northeast
Saskatchewan, utilizing leading-edge technologies to become a
world-class uranium mining company.
Additional information on Athabasca Uranium, its properties and
exploration activities is available at the Company's website: www.athabascauranium.com.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Gil Schneider, President & CEO
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accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
SOURCE Athabasca Uranium Inc.
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