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Uranium Energy Corp Reports Exploration Progress at Grants Ridge Uranium Project in New Mexico

August 25, 2009

Uran Limited, Earning in to the Project, Targets Initial Drilling for Later This Year

Austin, TX – Uranium Energy Corp. (NYSE-AMEX: UEC, the “Company”) is pleased to announce that Uran Limited (“Uran”), the optionee on the Company’s Grants Ridge Uranium Project (the “Project”) located in New Mexico, has submitted applications for exploration permits to initiate drilling at two prospective areas of the Project.

Uran Limited, as part of its option and joint venture agreement with the Company, is paying all costs of exploration and development through completion of a feasibility study. Uran is targeting initial drilling on the Armijo and F33 zones to commence in November or December of this year. The Armijo and F33 zones include nine prior-producing uranium mines from the previous production cycle (the previous  Section 30 mines, Dalco, Barbara J No. 1, Flat Top, Section 9 Mines, Section 4 Mines, F33, Tom 13 and the Lone Pine Mines – according to “Geology and mineral technology of the Grants uranium region 1979,” New Mexico Bureau of Mines & Mineral Resources, Memoir 38, 1980, the “Source”).  

The Grants Ridge Project originally consisted of 4,260 acres in the central part of the Grants Mineral Belt, and has grown to approximately 5,620 acres during the first five months of the agreement.  The parties have added the north half of Section 9, covering approximately 320 acres that include the prior-producing Section 9 Mines, plus the Ricks claims covering an additional 1,040 acres that are on trend to the northwest.

The exploration program is targeting the Todilto Limestone, which hosts numerous prior underground and open-pit mines with grades ranging from 0.18% – 0.38% U3O8, with an average mined grade of 0.20% U3O8 (the Source referenced above).  Known mineralization is in fairly flat-lying stratigraphic units, at depths ranging from surface at Armijo to approximately 500 feet at the prior F33 mine (the Source referenced above). The Todilto Limestone underlies the more heavily explored Morrison Formation.

At the Armijo site, Uran plans to conduct 10,800 feet of core drilling based on approximate 400 x 400-foot spacing.  Drilling depth is a maximum 50 feet, a potentially significant advantage of this prospective area.  If the results of this drilling are successful, Uran Limited plans to conduct an additional 9,800 feet of drilling in 2010 which, if successful, may then allow the Project to establish defined mineralization for this area later next year.

At the F33 site, Uran plans to conduct approximately 6,500 feet of reverse-circulation drilling, with a further 7,200 feet planned for 2010 which, if successful, may then also allow the Project to establish defined mineralization for this area in 2010.

Uran can earn a 65% interest in the Grants Ridge Project from the Company over a five-year option period by completing a feasibility study and making certain payments of cash and shares as detailed in the joint-venture announcement release dated March 17, 2009.

Since initiation of the option, and in addition to expanding the size and scope of the Project, Uran has completed radiometric traverses on previously mined areas of Armijo and F33 to establish existing radiometric background levels for providing a baseline for future permitting and reclamation.  Detailed surveys and mapping of the dumps on both areas have been completed this year. Metallurgical studies regarding the amenability of heap leaching have been initiated and will be ongoing through 2010.

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.  According to the Source referenced in the second paragraph above, the Grants Belt produced over 340 million pounds of U3O8 prior to 1986 and was the largest producing uranium field in the U.S. during the previous production cycle in the 1960s and 1970s.

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.

About Uranium Energy Corp.

Uranium Energy Corp. (NYSE-AMEX: UEC) is a U.S.-based exploration and development company with the objective of near-term uranium production in the U.S.  The Company’s Goliad ISR Uranium Project in South Texas is in the final stages of mine permitting for production, and was recently issued a Final Draft Mine Permit and a Final Draft Production Authorization for Production Area 1. The Company’s operations are managed by professionals with a recognized profile for excellence in their industry, a profile based on many decades of hands-on experience in the key facets of uranium exploration, development and mining. The company is well financed to execute on its key programs.

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Investors are cautioned that historical production is not necessarily indicative of future production potential.