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Uranium Energy Corp Discovers New Exploration Zone and Reports Strong Drill Results at Palangana in South Texas
June 22, 2010
Company Intersects 17.5 Feet Grading 0.54% U3O8 in New G-Sand Trend, Reports Results from Additional 101 Drill Holes Now Completed and Logged in Ongoing Exploration Program
Corpus Christi, Texas -- Uranium Energy Corp (NYSE-AMEX: UEC, the “Company”) is pleased to announce ongoing success with the Company’s exploration drilling program at its Palangana project located in South Texas. The Company initiated a 215-hole drilling program in early February on six exploration zones, and reported the results from the first 87 holes on March 15. This release addresses results from the next 101 holes that have now been completed and logged and highlights results from the new and highly prospective G-sand trend.
This follows the Company’s news release dated June 15 which reported that, concurrent with the exploration drilling campaign, the Company has initiated the development and construction of the wellfield and the disposal well for the first production zone (Production Area 1 or PAA-1). The Palangana project is fully permitted for production. It is a prior-producing in-situ recovery (ISR) project located in the South Texas uranium belt approximately 100 miles south of the Company’s fully licensed Hobson processing plant. The plan is to produce and ship uranium-bearing resins from Palangana to Hobson starting in the fourth quarter this year for further processing into yellowcake.
The current exploration drilling program is addressing a newly developed G-sand trend that extends for 4.5 miles as well as the six known exploration zones where the Company has already established an NI 43-101-qualified Inferred resource of more than one-million pounds U3O8. A map of the production and exploration zones at Palangana is located here:
Amir Adnani, President and CEO, stated, “We are very pleased with the exploration results to date at Palangana. Clearly, the resource will increase. In addition to expansion and further delineation of the six known exploration trends, we are very excited by the preliminary discovery of the G-sand mineralization.”
Discovery of New G-Sand Trend
The new G-sand trend was recognized through detailed mapping of areas marginal to and down dip of the Palangana Dome rim, where roll front deposits of uranium are known to occur. This newly discovered trend is approximately 4.5 miles in length.
A total of 19 holes have been drilled and logged along this new trend, with 5 of the holes exhibiting grade-thickness (GT) values of 0.3 or higher. The Company considers these results very encouraging for a newly discovered area. Importantly, hole 2845 had an intercept of 17.5 feet of 0.541% U3O8, resulting in a GT value of 9.467. Hole 2832 had an intercept of 16 feet of 0.085% U3O8, resulting in a GT value of 1.360. GT is the length of the intercept measured in feet multiplied by the average percentage of U3O8 present. Company engineers estimate that zones with GT greater than 0.3 will be shown to be producible.
Drilling from Six Known Exploration Zones
An additional 82 holes have been drilled within the known exploration trends, primarily the Jemison Fence and Palangana East areas. Of these 82 holes, 14 had a grade-thickness product (GT) greater than 1.0 with the Prompt Fission Neutron (PFN) tool, and 33 of the 82 holes, or approximately 40%, had a GT greater than 0.3 with the PFN tool. Of the entire drilling program to date, nearly half of the 188 holes have intercepts with GT greater than 0.3. As noted above, Company engineers estimate that zones with GT greater than 0.3 will be shown to be producible. A properly calibrated PFN tool provides a reading that directly approximates the uranium content. The Palangana East trend was earlier known as the CC Brine trend.
The following table lists the results from the 14 drill holes where PFN logging shows intercepts with a GT greater than 1.0.
|DRILL HOLE DESCRIPTION||PFN LOG|
|Hole Number||Associated Trend||Total Depth of Hole||Depth in Feet to Intercept||Thickness in Feet||Grade in % cU3O8||GT - Grade times Thickness|
Exploration drilling will continue through June to further define the new G-sand trend and to assess if the trend, or parts of the trend, will be producible through in-situ recovery methods. Detailed mapping of the entire Palangana Dome structure will continue, and new trends will be tested through drilling as they are identified. Evaluation of the former Union Carbide wellfields, as previously reported in the Company’s news release dated March 15, will also continue.
The Company will announce drill results as they become available, both in the exploration trend areas and the newly developed trend described above. Updated resource estimates will be provided at the conclusion of the drill program and prior to start-up of production in the fourth quarter of this year.
The technical information in this news release has been prepared in accordance with the Canadian regulatory requirements set out in NI 43-101 and reviewed by Andrew W. Kurrus, PG, Manager of Texas Exploration for the Company, a qualified person under policy 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 fully licensed and permitted Hobson processing facility is central to all of its projects in South Texas, including the fully-permitted Palangana in-situ recovery project, and the Goliad in-situ recovery project which is in the final stages of mine permitting for production. 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.
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