Promising Hydrothermal Clay Alteration Expanded at Dwyer Lake
February 26, 2015
UEX Corporation (“UEX” or “the Company”) is pleased to announce the initial drill results from the first nineteen holes of the 2015 Hidden Bay winter basement-targeting drill program in the Dwyer Lake area (“Dwyer Lake”) (see Figure 1).
As of February 20, 2015, approximately 4,000 m of the planned 10,000 m drill program has been completed. The remaining 6,000 m will be apportioned between Dwyer Lake, Wolf Lake and other Hidden Bay target areas. Moderate to strong hydrothermal alteration of the sandstone is present in fourteen of these holes, with intense hydrothermal clay alteration having been encountered in thirteen of these holes within basement rocks. A majority of these holes also intersected favourable basement lithologies and significant faulting. Anomalous radioactivity was not observed in the down-hole surveys; however, several notable characteristics have been observed:
- A major hydrothermal alteration zone over an area 175 m by 75 m has been confirmed, significantly expanding the area of intense clay alteration first indicated in historic hole D-57. The alteration observed in historic hole D-57 initially prompted the Company to target Dwyer Lake;
- The presence of kaolinite-illite clays in the sandstone and basement rocks were not recognized in the historic D-57 hole; however, their prolific occurrence in this alteration system confirms Dwyer Lake as a high priority area; and
- The basement alteration at Dwyer Lake consists of intense hydrothermal clay that does not appear to consistently connect directly to the sandstone alteration zone at the unconformity and does not extend below a vertical depth of 110 m from surface.
Identifying this large of an area of intense kaolinite-illite clay alteration right out of the gate provides UEX with substantial exploration potential as exploration in the area continues. Drilling to define the margins of this alteration zone along strike to the north and south to find the potential locations where uranium accumulations may have occurred is currently underway.
One drill is continuing to test targets at Dwyer Lake, while a second drill has commenced the basement targeting program at Wolf Lake. These programs represent the first two of a series of programs intended to discover new basement-hosted uranium deposits on the Hidden Bay Project based on targets generated by a thorough re-interpretation of the extensive historical dataset.
To view Figure 1 (Hidden Bay Project – Dwyer Lake Alteration Zone – Winter 2015 Drilling) please access this news release on UEX’s website at www.uex‑corporation.com.
About the Hidden Bay Project
UEX’s Hidden Bay Project is located in the eastern Athabasca Basin and is proximal to several of the region’s major uranium deposits and mines. The property lies adjacent to two operating uranium mills, is divided by a provincial highway and is located minutes from daily all-weather commercial air service at a nearby regional air terminal. The Hidden Bay Project has been explored for uranium by UEX and preceding companies for over four decades, with this exploration leading to the discovery of three deposits documented in National Instrument 43-101 (“N.I. 43-101”) reports which are referenced below.
Qualified Persons and Data Acquisition
Technical information in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Roger Lemaitre, P.Eng., P.Geo., UEX’s President and CEO who is a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101.
UEX (TSX:UEX, OTC:UEXCF.PK, UXO.F) is a Canadian uranium exploration and development company actively involved in fifteen uranium projects, including four that are 100% owned and operated by UEX, one joint venture with AREVA that is operated by UEX, as well as nine joint-ventures with AREVA and one joint venture with AREVA and JCU (Canada) Exploration Company, Limited, which are operated by AREVA. The fifteen projects, totaling 251,159 hectares (620,626 acres), are located in the eastern, western and northern perimeters of the Athabasca Basin, the world's richest uranium belt, which in 2013 accounted for approximately 15% of the global primary uranium production. UEX is currently advancing several uranium deposits in the Athabasca Basin which include the Kianna, Anne, Colette and 58B deposits at its currently 49.1%-owned Shea Creek Project, and the Horseshoe, Raven and West Bear deposits located at its 100%-owned Hidden Bay Project. UEX currently has a cash position of approximately $6.8 million.
UEX’s two major projects have mineral resource estimates as follows:
UEX Corporation – Indicated Mineral Resources (1) (2) (3)
|Shea Creek (2)||2,067,900||1.484||67,663,000||33,222,533|
|Hidden Bay (3)||10,372,500||0.160||36,623,000||36,623,000|
UEX Corporation – Inferred Mineral Resources (1) (2) (3)
|Shea Creek (2)||1,272,200||1.005||28,192,000||13,842,272|
|Hidden Bay (3)||1,109,200||0.111||2,715,000||2,715,000|
- (1) The mineral resource estimates follow the requirements of National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects and classifications follow CIM definition standards.
- (2) The Shea Creek mineral resources were estimated at a cut-off of 0.30% U3O8, and are documented in the Shea Creek Technical Report with an effective date of May 31, 2013 which was filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com on May 31, 2013.
- (3) The Hidden Bay mineral resources were estimated at a cut-off of 0.05% U3O8, and are documented in the Hidden Bay Technical Report with an effective date of February 15, 2011 which was filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com on February 23, 2011.
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This news release has been prepared in accordance with the requirements of the securities laws in effect in Canada, which differ from the requirements of U.S. securities laws. Unless otherwise indicated, all resource estimates included in this press release have been prepared in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”) and the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum Definition Standards on Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves. NI 43-101 is a rule developed by the Canadian Securities Administrators which establishes standards for all public disclosure an issuer makes of scientific and technical information concerning mineral projects. Canadian standards, including NI 43-101, differ significantly from the requirements of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), and resource information contained herein may not be comparable to similar information disclosed by U.S. companies. In particular, and without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the term “resource” does not equate to the term “reserves”. Under U.S. standards, mineralization may not be classified as a “reserve” unless the determination has been made that the mineralization could be economically and legally produced or extracted at the time the reserve determination is made. The SEC’s disclosure standards normally do not permit the inclusion of information concerning “measured mineral resources”, “indicated mineral resources” or “inferred mineral resources” or other descriptions of the amount of mineralization in mineral deposits that do not constitute “reserves” by U.S. standards in documents filed with the SEC. Investors are cautioned not to assume that any part or all of mineral deposits in these categories will ever be converted into reserves. U.S. investors should also understand that “inferred mineral resources” have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence and great uncertainty as to their economic and legal feasibility. It cannot be assumed that all or any part of an “inferred mineral resource” will ever be upgraded to a higher category. Under Canadian rules, estimated “inferred mineral resources” may not form the basis of feasibility or pre-feasibility studies except in rare cases. Investors are cautioned not to assume that all or any part of an “inferred mineral resource” exists or is economically or legally mineable. Disclosure of “contained pounds” in a resource is permitted disclosure under Canadian regulations; however, the SEC normally only permits issuers to report mineralization that does not constitute “reserves” by SEC standards as in-place tonnage and grade without reference to unit measures. Accordingly, information concerning mineral deposits set forth herein may not be comparable with information made public by companies that report in accordance with U.S. standards.