CALGARY, Nov. 8, 2017 /CNW/ - In 2015, Uravan Minerals Inc (Uravan) made a uranium mineral discovery on its Stewardson project (map link) with drill hole SL15-003 intersecting 6.3 meters of 0.025% U3O8. The thickness and level of radioactivity and alteration encountered is considered indicative of potentially higher-grade uranium mineralization nearby.
To pursue this discovery follow-up drilling is required. Considerable baseline drill targeting work has been completed (geophysics and surface geochemistry) and a drill-hole targeting strategy has been defined in Area B (map link). The proposed 3 drill holes are considered to have a high probability of intersecting economic mineralization.
Uravan's surface geochemical techniques have been tested and developed over nine (9) years. They include studies over two (2) known high-grade uranium deposits (Cigar West and Centennial) in the Athabasca Basin; nine (9) separate surface geochemical/geophysical surveys on active projects; and five (5) drill programs. Our technical teams (Uravan and QFIR) have learned what a significant surface geochemical anomaly looks like versus a 'red-herring'. These geochemical techniques are based on solid science, and when used with geophysical methods can isolate prospective drill targets. SL15-003 was the first drill hole targeting the Stewardson Area B anomaly and successfully intersecting important mineralization. This represents the "tipping point" for our work and offers a realistic opportunity for an economic mineral discovery and, importantly, a 'proof of concept' for wider implementation.
Larry Lahusen, CEO for Uravan, states, "Moving exploration forward on the Stewardson project is a high priority for Uravan. Unfortunately, there has been little change in the uranium market so obtaining project financing has been challenging. Although we cannot control the timing of a market recovery, we can change our exploration focus to gain broader value from our surface geochemical techniques, since they can be applied to isolate and target base and precious metal occurrences (e.g. nickel, copper, cobalt and platinum group minerals). Going forward, we plan to consider and evaluate other mineral exploration opportunities while we wait for the uranium market to recover."
Dr. Colin Dunn, P. Geo., technical advisor for Uravan, is the Qualified Person for the purposes of NI 43-101 with respect to the technical information in this press release. Dr. Colin Dunn, an independent specialist in biogeochemistry, is working closely with Uravan's technical group and QFIR to advance the evaluation and interpretation of surface geochemical data.
Uravan is a Calgary, Alberta-based mineral exploration company that utilizes applied research to develop new innovative exploration technologies to identify buried uranium deposits in under-explored areas. Our exploration focus to date has been searching for high-grade unconformity-type uranium deposits in the Athabasca Basin, Canada. We aim to broaden these technologies and applications to other metal commodities. Uravan is a publicly listed company on the TSX Venture Exchange under the trading symbol UVN. All the mineral properties Uravan owns are considered in the exploration stage of development.
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For further information: Larry Lahusen, B.Sc. Geology, CEO and President, Uravan Minerals Inc., Tel: 403-607-5908, Email: [email protected], Website: www.uravanminerals.com