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Monday 20 December, 2021

Power Metal

Uranium Exploration Update - Athabasca Basin

RNS Number : 1180W
Power Metal Resources PLC
20 December 2021
 

20 December 2021

Power Metal Resources PLC

("Power Metal" or the "Company")

Uranium Exploration Update - Athabasca Basin

2021 Exploration Programme Delivers High-Grade Uranium Rock Samples up to 3.86% U308 (38,600ppm)

 

Power Metal Resources PLC (LON:POW) the London listed exploration company seeking large-scale metal discoveries across its global project portfolio announces its 2021 work programme results from three of its 100% owned interests surrounding the Athabasca Basin in northern Saskatchewan, Canada.

Previously on 05/11/2021 the Power Metal announced that its Phase I work programme was complete, and that additional ground surrounding the company's Tait Hill Property was acquired. A link to the announcement can be found below.

https://www.londonstockexchange.com/news-article/POW/uranium-exploration-update-athabasca-basin/15201678

HIGHLIGHTS:

- Phase I exploration conducted over three of the seven Athabasca uranium properties, namely Tait Hill, Thibault Lake and Cleawater.

 

-     20 rock samples were collected for assay testing and the results demonstrate high grade uranium with the highest grade of 38,600ppm or 3.86% uranium oxide ("U308").

 

-  Multiple targets have been idenfitied for follow up exploration work in 2022.

 

Maps demonstrating the location of sample results across the three properties may be viewed on the Company's website through the following links:

https://www.powermetalresources.com/tait-hill-phase-1-programme-results/

https://www.powermetalresources.com/thibaut-lake-phase-1-programme-results/

https://www.powermetalresources.com/clearwater-phase-1-programme-results/

Paul Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Power Metal Resources plc commented:  

"The confirmation of high grade uranium through assay testing of rock samples samples from the recent exploration programme is extremely positive and demonstrates the value of the diligent review work undertaken when the footprint was selected for staking earlier in the year.

There is considerable interest in the Athabasca uranium opportunity and Power Metal has, in my view and as evidenced today, built a compelling uranium exploration project portfolio in the area.

We remain of an acquisitive mindset with regard to uranium properties and are currently reviewing additional Canadian and African uranium exploration opportunities."

EXPLORATION PROGRAMME ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

- A total of 20 rock samples were collected as part of the Phase I programme including eight (8) from Tait Hill, seven (7) from Thibaut Lake, and five (5) from Clearwater. All samples were analysed at the Saskatchewan Research Council laboratory in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Power Metal employed a uranium-exploration analytical package which includes uranium, various base/trace-metals, as well as a suite of rare-earth elements ("REEs").

 

- At Tait Hill, four (4) of the Properties eighteen (18) Saskatchewan Mineral Deposit Index point ("SMDI") uranium occurences were visited by exploration crews. Several samples returned highly anomalous uranium mineralisation including rock samples up to 4,700ppm (0.47% U308). The rocks were collected along a northeast-southwest trending line of uranium-rich boulders. Tait Lake which is centrally located within the Tait Hill Property (see map), where 308,000kg of uranium with a insitu value of US$25.6 million (c. US$28 million at US$42/lb uranium) was calculated by the Saskatchewan Mining Development Corporation following a detailed lake-sediment drilling programme completed in 1980, was not visited as part of this programme.1 The historic work programme was completed solely on Tait Lake and the calculated resource is for Tait Lake and a few of the uranium-rich lakes immediately surrounding Tait Lake, which are majority held within the current Tait Hill Property.

 

- Power Metal has also successfuly obtained a high-resolution magnetics, electromagnetic ("EM") and radiometric airborne survey flown Terraquest Ltd., on behalf of Canalaska Uranium Ltd., over the entire Tait Hill Property In 2008 the 4,290 line-km survey was flown at 150m-line spacing and successfully identified ten (10) radiometric anomalies at Tait Hill which were never followed up on. In addition, several magnetic and EM anomalies and lineaments were identified which will assist the Company is planning future work programmes on the Tait Hill Property.

 

- At Thibaut Lake, two (2) of the Properties six (6) SMDI uranium occurences were visited by exploration crews. Several samples returned highly anomalous uranium mineralisation including rock samples up to 38,600ppm (3.86% U308), as well as five (5) of the seven (7) samples which assayed >1,100ppm U308. The extremely high-grade sample was strongly mineralised with yellow carnotite and black pitchblende and displayed strong hematite alteration. The result greatly exceeds any historic samples taken within the area and represents a new exciting discovery for the Company. 

 

- At Clearwater, three (3) of the Properties fourteen (14) SMDI uranium occurences were visited by exploration crews. Several samples returned strongly anomalous uranium mineralisation including rock samples up to 770ppm U308, including all samples which returned greater than 200ppm U308.

 

- Other notable rare-earth element results include thorium (Th) up to 1150ppm and zirconium up to 1,860ppm from the Tait Hill Property, as well as base-metal results including silver (Ag) up to 31.8ppm and lead (Pb) up to 8,320ppm from the Thibault Lake Property.

 

The Company is very pleased with the results obtained from the Phase I work programme where only one day of prospecting was spent on each of the three Properties. Several additional uranium occurrences have yet to be prospected by Power Metal, and the data obtained during this programme, as well as additional historic data acquired by the Company as part of the now completed historic data compilation, will be crucial in allowing the Company to unlock additional value from the Portfolio during the 2022 exploration season.

Table 1: 2021 Work Programme Rock Sample Assay Results

 

Title

Property

U3O8 wt % *

U308 (ppm)

149626

Tait Hill

0.47

4,700

149627

Tait Hill

0.02

200

149628

Tait Hill

0.007

70

149629

Tait Hill

0.011

110

149630

Tait Hill

0.024

240

149631

Tait Hill

0.105

1,050

149632

Tait Hill

0.017

170

149633

Tait Hill

0.006

60

149634

Thibaut Lake

0.04

400

149635

Thibaut Lake

0.115

1,150

149636

Thibaut Lake

0.003

30

149637

Thibaut Lake

0.165

1,650

149638

Thibaut Lake

0.122

1,220

149639

Thibaut Lake

0.267

2,670

149640

Thibaut Lake

3.86

38,600

149641

Clearwater

0.038

380

149642

Clearwater

0.023

230

149643

Clearwater

0.043

430

149644

Clearwater

0.065

650

149645

Clearwater

0.077

770

* U3O8 Assay by ICP, SRC Geoanalytical Laboratories, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan,

 

Reference Notes:

1: C. E. Roy and S. A. Earle, Saskatchewan Mineral Development Corporation Exploration - Summer 1980, Grease River-Scott Lake Project, CBS 5479, 5539, 5869 (74O09-0022). December, 1980

 

COMPETENT PERSON STATEMENT

The technical information contained in this disclosure has been read and approved by Mr Nick O'Reilly (MSc, DIC, MIMMM, MAusIMM, FGS), who is a qualified geologist and acts as the Competent Person under the AIM Rules - Note for Mining and Oil & Gas Companies. Mr O'Reilly is a Principal consultant working for Mining Analyst Consulting Ltd which has been retained by Power Metal Resources PLC to provide technical support.

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) 596/2014 as it forms part of UK domestic law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 ("MAR"), and is disclosed in accordance with the Company's obligations under Article 17 of MAR.

For further information please visit https://www.powermetalresources.com/ or contact:

Power Metal Resources plc

 

Paul Johnson (Chief Executive Officer)

+44 (0) 7766 465 617

 

 

SP Angel Corporate Finance (Nomad and Joint Broker)

 

Ewan Leggat/Charlie Bouverat

+44 (0) 20 3470 0470

 

 

SI Capital Limited (Joint Broker)

 

Nick Emerson                                                                                                           

+44 (0) 1483 413 500

 

 

First Equity Limited (Joint Broker)

 

David Cockbill/Jason Robertson

+44 (0) 20 7330 1883

 

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

Power Metal Resources plc (LON:POW) is an AIM listed metals exploration company which finances and manages global resource projects and is seeking large scale metal discoveries.

The Company has a principal focus on opportunities offering district scale potential across a global portfolio including precious, base and strategic metal exploration in North America, Africa and Australia.

Project interests range from early-stage greenfield exploration to later-stage prospects currently subject to drill programmes.

Power Metal will develop projects internally or through strategic joint ventures until a project becomes ready for disposal through outright sale or separate listing on a recognised stock exchange thereby crystallising the value generated from our internal exploration and development work.

Value generated through disposals will be deployed internally to drive the Company's growth or may be returned to shareholders through share buy backs, dividends or in-specie distributions of assets.

Power Metal Exploration Programmes Underway/Results Awaited

Power Metal has exploration programmes completed or underway, with results awaited, as outlined below:

Project

Location

POW %

Work Completed or Underway

Results Awaited

 

 

 

 

 

Alamo Gold Project

USA

Earn-in to 75%

Excavation of multiple test pits and mapping & sampling.

Field results from on-site work programme.

Authier North Lithium

Canada

Earn-in to 100%

Soil & rock sampling completed

Laboratory assay results of samples collected

Ditau Project

Botswana

50%

Preparatory exploration work underway on target I10 leading to planned accelerated drilling targeting rare-earth elements and base metals

 

Field programme findings and defined drill targets for near term drilling.

Kalahari Copper Belt

Botswana

50%

Exploration programme underway across the South Ghanzi Project and further exploration at the more recently acquired South Ghanzi Extension and Mamuno licence areas

Field programme findings and defined drill targets for near term drilling

Molopo Farms

Botswana

53%

Kavango Option to acquire an interest in local project holding company.  Option fee payable through defined work programme

Results from various work activities underway as part of the Kavango Option

Tati Gold/Nickel

Botswana

100%

Reverse circulation drill programme completed

Laboratory assay results awaited

Victoria Goldfields

Australia

49.9%

Ongoing exploration across 848km2 of granted exploration licences

 

Results from field programme including drill programme underway

Wallal Gold/Copper Project

Australia

83.33%1

Passive seismic and 2D seismic processing work programme completed

Results awaited

1   assuming all licences held by URE Metals Pty Limited are granted as outlined in the Company's announcement of 19.11.21 resulting in the issue of First Development Resources Ltd shares to URE vendors

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