Athabasca Minerals Inc.
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Athabasca Minerals Inc.

February 16, 2010 08:30 ET

Athabasca Reports Sand and Gravel Deliveries Up 57.3% for January 2010

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Feb. 16, 2010) - Athabasca Minerals Inc. (the "Corporation" or "Athabasca") (TSX VENTURE:ABM) is pleased to announce a 57.3% increase in the volume of aggregates supplied from its Susan Lake and Poplar Creek Aggregate operations during the month of January compared to 2009. A total of 176,000 tonnes of aggregates was delivered, with demand predominantly coming from oil sands companies located in close proximity to the Corporation aggregate operations near Fort McMurray, Alberta.

Gravel Delivery for January

  2010 2009 2008
January 176,000 111,892 94,933
Percentage change over previous year + 57.3% + 17.9%  
Note: All figures are in tonnes.       

The Corporation continues to be the primary supplier of aggregates to the oil sands industry in Northern Alberta, and accepts new orders throughout the year for additional material.

President Dom Kriangkum explained, "The dramatic increase in demand in January is reflective of the increasing activity of oil sands companies in Alberta's Wood Buffalo region. Athabasca is the preferred supplier of aggregates in this area."

New developments of aggregate resources are under evaluation for their scale and economic potential in the Wood Buffalo region.

About Athabasca Minerals Inc.
Athabasca Minerals Inc. is a resource company involved in the management, exploration and development of aggregate projects in Canada. These activities include contract works, aggregate pit management, new aggregate development and acquisitions of sand and gravel operations. The Corporation also has industrial mineral landholdings in the vicinity of Fort McMurray and Peace River, Alberta. The Corporation's aim is to find and develop local sources of industrial minerals essential to the economic development of specific high growth regions and industries.

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