Wheeler River JV Approves Feasibility Study for Phoenix Deposit
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, September 22, 2021 – UEX Corporation (TSX:UEX, OTCQB:UEXCF) (“UEX” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that its 50% owned subsidiary, JCU (Canada) Exploration Company, Limited (“JCU”) and Denison Mines Corp. (“Denison”) have approved the initiation of an independent Feasibility Study (“FS”) for the In-Situ Recovery mining operation proposed for the Phoenix uranium deposit on their Wheeler River Joint Venture (“WRJV”). The WRJV has also appointed leading global consulting and engineering firm Wood PLC to lead and author the FS in accordance with Canadian Securities National Instrument 43-101.
The Wheeler River Joint Venture is 10% owned by JCU and 90% by Denison, who is the operator of the WRJV. JCU is 50% owned by UEX and 50% by Denison.
Key objectives of the FS are expected to include an updated estimate of mineral resources, mine design optimization, processing plant optimization, and a Class 3 capital cost estimate. The project designs in the FS are also expected to incorporate the results of various technical assessments, as well as feedback received from consultation efforts, carried out as part of the ongoing Environmental Assessment.
Further details of the approved feasibility study objectives and the appointment of Wood PLC can be found in Denison’s news release dated September 22, 2021 and filed on Denison’s profile on SEDAR.com
The initiation of the Phoenix Feasibility Study is a milestone moment for the Wheeler River Joint Venture. The potential of the Phoenix Deposit makes Wheeler River a cornerstone asset and a key driver behind UEX’s acquisition of JCU. We are excited to see the joint venture move forward with this important step of the evaluation process and we eagerly await the final results of the Study.
- Roger Lemaitre, President & CEO, UEX Corporation
The 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 considered to be a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101.
UEX is a Canadian uranium and cobalt exploration and development company involved in an exceptional portfolio of uranium projects.
UEX’s directly-owned portfolio of projects is located in the eastern, western and northern perimeters of the Athabasca Basin, the world's richest uranium belt which in 2020 accounted for approximately 8.1% of the global primary uranium production. In addition to advancing its uranium development projects through its ownership interest in JCU, UEX is currently advancing several other uranium deposits in the Athabasca Basin which include the Paul Bay, Ken Pen and Ōrora deposits at the Christie Lake Project , the Kianna, Anne, Colette and 58B deposits at its currently 49.1%-owned Shea Creek Project, the Horseshoe and Raven deposits located on its 100%-owned Horseshoe-Raven Development Project and the West Bear Uranium Deposit located at its 100%-owned West Bear Project.
UEX is also 50:50 co-owner of JCU with Denison. JCU’s portfolio of projects includes interests in some of Canada’s key future uranium development projects, notably a 30.099% interest in Cameco’s Millennium Uranium Development Project, a 10% interest in Denison Mines Wheeler River Project, and a 33.8123% interest in Orano Canada’s Kiggavik Project, located in the Thelon Basin in Nunavut, as well as minority interests in nine other grassroots uranium projects in the Athabasca Basin.
UEX is also leading the discovery of cobalt in Canada, with three cobalt-nickel exploration projects located in the Athabasca Basin of northern Saskatchewan, including the only primary cobalt deposit in Canada. The 100% owned West Bear Project hosts the West Bear Cobalt-Nickel Deposit, the newly discovered Michael Lake Co-Ni Zone, and the West Bear Uranium Deposit. UEX also owns 100% of two early-stage cobalt exploration projects, the Axis Lake and Key West Projects.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACTRoger Lemaitre
President & CEO
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