Canadian Mining Journal


URANIUM: Forum to sell interest in Fir Island project to Orano

SASKATCHEWAN – Forum Energy Metals reached an agreement with Orano Canada whereby it will grant to Orano a series of options to acquire up to a 70% interest in the Fir Island uranium project on the northeast margin of the Athabasca Basin.

In a press release, the firms said that Orano has to spend $6 million on the property on or before Dec. 31, 2023, to earn the full 70% Interest. Prior to this, the buyer can earn a 51% interest by spending $3 million by the end of 2021.

The Fir Island project lies along the northern rim of the Athabasca Basin, overlying the Snowbird tectonic zone, a major structural corridor which, near the southern rim of the basin, hosts Cameco’s Centennial deposit.

In 2015, Forum completed 10 holes for a total of 2,453 metres of drilling, testing the Snowbird fault and the parallel East Channel fault.

According to the Vancouver-based miner, anomalous uranium (up to 444 ppm over 10.6 metres in sandstone in hole FI-03), boron (up to 717 ppm over 10 metres in sandstone in hole FI-08) and base metals (cobalt up to 0.48% over 63.8 metres in FI-03) were intersected.

“Strong quartz dissolution and remobilization, tectonization in the sandstone, dravite and sudoite clays locally in both sandstone and basement rocks, and a 50-metre offset in the unconformity were intersected; all excellent indicators of nearby uranium mineralization,” the media brief reads.

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