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Uranium Energy Corp Joint Ventures Grants Ridge Project in New Mexico with Uran Limited of Perth, Australia
March 17, 2009
Austin, TX, March 17, 2009 -- Uranium Energy Corp (NYSE-Alt: UEC; the “Company”) is pleased to announce that the Company has entered into an option and joint venture agreement (the “Agreement”) with Uran Limited (“Uran”) of Perth, Australia on the Company’s Grants Ridge Uranium Project in New Mexico. The Agreement follows Uran’s satisfactory completion of due diligence work on the project in February.
Uran can earn a 65% interest in the project from Uranium Energy Corp over a five-year option period by completing an initial payment of $75,000 in cash (payment made), plus incurring exploration expenditures of $100,000 in Year 1, $200,000 in Year 2, $300,000 in Year 3, $400,000 in Year 4, and $500,000 in Year 5, including completion of a feasibility study. Uran will also deliver a total of 3.25 million shares to the Company staged over 3 years. One-million shares have been received in accordance with the Agreement. Uran can withdraw from the joint venture after expenditures of $250,000.
The Grants Ridge Uranium Project is in the Grants Mineral Belt, in the southeastern part of the Ambrosia Lake uranium region approximately 70 miles west of Albuquerque. The Grants belt produced over 340 million pounds of U3O8 (154,545 tonnes) prior to 1986 and was the largest producing uranium field in the U.S. during the previous production cycle. The Grants Ridge Project includes nine historic uranium mines which operated prior to and during the early 1980s according to New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources (“NMBGMR”) Bulletin 153 (1995).
Active exploration in the area is being carried out by several companies. A number of NI 43-101-compliant resource statements have been reported in the surrounding area in the last two years, and permitting is underway to open at least two uranium mines according to public filings at the New Mexico Mining and Minerals Division office.
Amir Adnani, president and CEO, stated, “We are very pleased to be working with Uran, and to get onsite and find out the exploration potential at Grants Ridge. It’s one of a great number of properties held by the Company that show exceptional potential based on earlier exploration results. Uran Limited has a strong technical team with a mandate to acquire, develop and mine uranium deposits internationally. Uran has additional assets in the Czech Republic, Ukraine and Bulgaria.”
The Grants Ridge Project consists of 270 registered mining lode claims and several leases covering 4,260 acres (1,724 hectares) in the central part of the Grants Mineral Belt. The project targets the Todilto Limestone, which hosts numerous historic underground and open-pit mines with grades ranging from 0.18-0.38% U3O8, with an average mined grade of 0.20% U3O8. Many of the historic mines also produced vanadium according to NMBGMR Bulletin 153 (1995). Known mineralization is in fairly flat-lying stratigraphic units, at depths ranging from surface at the Section 4 and Section 9 mines, to approximately 500 feet (150 meters) at the F33 mine, underlying Grants Ridge.
Grants Ridge is a very prospective uranium project with potential for low-cost mining based on:
The high grade of historical production,
Mineralization at or near surface,
Potential for bulk mining and heap leaching
Favorable mineralogy, and
Excellent existing access and infrastructure, including community support.
Uran has retained a local consulting firm to carry out the baseline studies necessary for the submission of an application for an Exploration Permit to initiate drilling. Plans for a drilling program on two areas of the project, the historic Section 4 and F33 mines, have commenced. Drilling is scheduled to commence in late 2009, subject to approval of the Exploration Permit.
Surface radiometric surveys will commence immediately in specific areas to establish radioactivity levels due to previous mining, to provide a baseline for future reclamation. A radiometric survey of existing mine waste and low-grade dumps on Section 4 indicates that these areas generally contain greater than 500 ppm U3O8, potentially highly suitable for heap leaching. Detailed surveys and mapping of the dumps are planned for this year. Other activities planned for 2009 include metallurgical studies regarding the amenability of heap leaching. A second stage of drilling is anticipated in mid-2010 so that a resource estimate can be determined.
The technical information in this news release has been prepared in accordance with the Canadian regulatory requirements set out in National Instrument 43-101 and reviewed by Clyde L. Yancey, P.G., Vice President-Exploration for Uranium Energy Corp, a qualified person under NI 43-101.
A copy of the JV Agreement was attached to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K dated January 14, 2009.
About Uranium Energy Corp
Uranium Energy Corp (NYSE - Alt: UEC) is a US-based resource company with the objective of becoming a near-term ISR uranium producer in the United States. Utilizing its extensive information library of historic uranium exploration and development work, the Company has acquired and is advancing uranium properties throughout the southwestern US. A Draft Mine Permit was recently issued for the Company’s lead project, the Goliad ISR Uranium Project in south Texas. Operational management is comprised of pre-eminent uranium mining and exploration professionals whose collective experience in this industry gives the Company ongoing uranium mine-finding and mine development expertise.
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