UraMin Inc.

UraMin Inc.

January 11, 2007 09:39 ET

UraMin Inc.: GRD Minproc Appointed to Complete Bakouma Project Feasibility Study

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 11, 2007) -


UraMin Inc. ("UraMin" or the "Company") (TSX:UMN)(AIM:UMN) is pleased to announce that GRD Minproc (Pty) Ltd. ("GRD Minproc"), a subsidiary of GRD Ltd, has been appointed to undertake Consulting and Engineering Services for the completion of the Definitive Feasibility Study ("DFS") at its Bakouma Uranium Project in the Central African Republic ("CAR").

Feasibility study and environmental baseline work are already underway and 11,450 meters of RC drilling have been completed since August 2006. The DFS is scheduled for completion mid 2008 and, should results be positive, commencement of mining activity is planned for late 2009/early 2010, ahead of UraMin's previous target for commencement of production at Bakouma. A Letter of Intent has already been signed in respect of electricity supply for the project.

GRD Minproc is an international engineering contractor with offices on three continents and has successfully completed over 200 projects and 300 feasibility studies in over 30 countries. Its recent uranium experience includes the EPCM contract for the Langer Heinrich uranium mine in Namibia, the only new dedicated surface uranium mine to come into production over the last two decades, together with several other feasibility studies on uranium projects in Africa and Australia.

Ian Stalker, Chief Executive of UraMin, said:

"GRD Minproc has been operating in Africa for almost 20 years and has significant depth of capability in project delivery in the remote regions of Central Africa. With an impressive background in uranium mining projects and a standing as a world class engineering consultant amongst the international financial community, we believe we have brought together all the right ingredients to enable us to progress our Bakouma Project and establish our mining operation in CAR before the end of this decade."

Sam Jonah, Chairman of UraMin, said:

"GRD Minproc together with the UraMin management team represents an extensive mix of African design and implementation experience which will ensure the delivery of the study in a timely and cost effective manner."


Definitive Feasibility Study

A comprehensive study of a deposit in which all geological, engineering, operating, economic and other relevant factors are considered in sufficient detail for it to reasonably serve as the basis for a final decision by a financial institution to finance the development of the deposit for mineral production.

Background Information:

UraMin (www.uramin.com) was founded in February 2005 and its shares are traded on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol 'UMN'. The Company was established to acquire and develop mineral properties, predominantly uranium. The Company currently has working capital of approximately US$96 million and a market capitalization of approximately US$600 million on an undiluted basis.

UraMin is currently focusing on the development of its advanced exploration projects at Trekkopje in Namibia, Bakouma in the Central African Republic and Ryst Kuil in South Africa. Through the South African joint venture, UraMin also enjoys additional license applications for important uranium deposits in the Karoo, South Africa. No assurance can be given that remaining applications for the prospecting rights in the Ryst Kuil Channel or elsewhere in South Africa will be successful.

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Contact Information

  • UraMin Inc.
    Ian Stalker
    Chief Executive Officer
    +27 (0)11 783 5056
    UraMin Inc.
    Neil Herbert
    Finance Director
    +27 (0)11 783 5056
    Website: www.uramin.com
    Financial Dynamics
    Ben Brewerton / Edward Westropp
    +44 (0)20 7831 3113
    Steve Vaughan
    (416) 865-7931