Canadian Mining Journal


URANIUM: CanAlaska to start drilling at West McArthur uranium project

SASKATCHEWAN – CanAlaska Uranium announced that it will soon begin a drill program at its 70%-owned West McArthur uranium project.

In a press release, the miner said that the program is intended to locate high grade uranium hosted in faults along the C10 horizon, the major regional fault structure.

According to CanAlaska, two previous drill holes intersected high grade uranium – up to 5% uranium oxide – just west of the projection of the C10 horizon and near the unconformity contact.

In late 2018, CanAlaska and Cameco formed a joint venture and agreed on a $2.4-million exploration budget for 2019

“CanAlaska believes the controlling structure of this high grade mineralization has yet to be intersected in drilling,” the miner’s media statement reads.

The Vancouver-based company also said that the summer drill program follows on the three year target definition by Cameco’s drill team. In that campaign, 10 holes were drilled along a 1.6 km long stretch of Grid 5 and included three significant uranium mineralized drill holes.

“The wide spaced drilling also mapped an extensive zone of intense fluid alteration extending into the sandstone above the unconformity with basement rocks. The alteration rises 700 metres above the unconformity and is marked by broad halos of uranium, boron, arsenic and accompanying base metals, typical environments of major uranium deposits in the Athabasca Basin,” the press brief states.

West McArthur is located in the Athabasca Basin between 6 and 30 km west of the McArthur River mine, which produced 225.5 million lb. of uranium oxide grading 13.5% per tonne from 2000 to 2012.

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