VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 5, 2013) - Kivalliq Energy Corporation (TSX VENTURE:KIV) (the "Company" or "Kivalliq") today announced a two phase 2013 exploration program at the 340,000 acre Angilak Property in Nunavut Territory, Canada. The plan for 2013 will build upon the Lac 50 Trend inferred resource, currently at 2,831,000 tonnes grading 0.69% U3O8 and totalling 43.3Mlbs U3O8*.
Drilling will expand the current resource, advance additional high-priority uranium targets within the Lac 50 Trend, and test select property-wide targets. Kivalliq intends to drill 25,000 metres of NQ core with three diamond drill rigs and 3,000 metres of reverse circulation ("RC") drilling on exploration targets with a light-weight RC fly rig. Extensive ground based geophysical surveying, prospecting, and soil sampling campaigns are also planned.
The following summarizes both the first and second phases of the proposed 2013 exploration campaign:
- 25,000 metres of diamond drill core focused on expanding the Lac 50 Trend resource, testing new zones along strike and parallel to the resource and investigating the high priority Dipole and VGR targets.
- 3,000 metres of RC drilling to advance multiple untested conductors along strike and parallel to the Lac 50 Trend resource
- Ground geophysical surveys consisting of magnetics, electromagnetics, radiometrics and gravity
- Continued mapping and prospecting to advance priority target areas defined by the 2012 program and identify new targets on a property wide scale
- Ongoing geological modeling, metallurgical testing, and environmental studies
- Continued emphasis on community consultation
- Engineering studies focused on camp and infrastructure expansion to optimize project logistics.
- Update the current Lac 50 Trend Inferred Resource Estimate by the end of Q1 2014.
- Initiate a Preliminary Economic Assessment scheduled to be completed in 2014
"Based on the positive momentum from the 2012 season, and a 300% increase to the Lac 50 Trend resource over the past two seasons, Kivalliq's board of directors has approved an aggressive exploration strategy at the Angilak Property in 2013," stated Jim Paterson, Kivalliq's CEO. "While maintaining our high standards of environmental stewardship and cost effective exploration, our 2013 exploration goals are clearly defined as follows: increase the inferred resource base in the Lac 50 Trend by drilling high priority and untested conductors near the current inferred resource; demonstrate Angilak's district scale potential by testing unconformity style targets elsewhere on the property; and initiate a Preliminary Economic Assessment scheduled for completion in 2014."
Kivalliq's board of directors has approved a two-phased, $15.5 million exploration program at Angilak for the 2013 season. The first phase, budgeted at $8 million, will commence on February 21, 2013 with the mobilization of crews and equipment to the existing Nutaaq camp. The Company plans to drill from April to June using two diamond drill rigs and one RC rig. Ground geophysical surveying will run concurrently with the drill program until break-up sometime in June. Pending results and market conditions, the Company will commence the second phase of the proposed exploration program at Angilak in June, with continued core and RC drilling and geophysical, geological, geochemical and engineering surveys in the field.
Jeff Ward, P.Geo, President of Kivalliq and a Qualified Person for the Company, has reviewed and approved the information contained in this release.
*For disclosure related to the inferred resource for the Lac 50 Trend, please refer to Kivalliq news release of January 15, 2013.
About Kivalliq Energy Corporation
Kivalliq Energy Corporation (TSX VENTURE:KIV) is a Vancouver-based uranium exploration company holding Canada's highest grade uranium deposit outside of Saskatchewan's Athabasca Basin. Its flagship project, the 340,268 acre Angilak Property in Nunavut Territory, hosts the Lac 50 Trend with a NI 43-101 Inferred Resource of 2,831,000 tonnes grading 0.69% U3O8, totaling 43.3 million pounds U3O8, at a 0.2% cut-off grade. Kivalliq's comprehensive exploration programs continue to advance the Lac 50 Trend and demonstrate the "District Scale" potential of the Angilak Property.
Kivalliq's team of northern exploration specialists have forged strong relationships with sophisticated resource sector investors and project partner Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. ("NTI") in order to advance the Angilak Property. Kivalliq was the first company to sign a comprehensive agreement to explore for uranium on Inuit Owned Lands in Nunavut Territory, Canada and is committed to building shareholder value while adhering to high levels of environmental and safety standards and proactive local community engagement.
On behalf of the Board of Directors
James R. Paterson, CEO
Kivalliq Energy Corporation
Kivalliq Energy Corporation is a member of the Aurora Resource Group of companies, for more information please visit www.auroraresource.com.
Certain disclosures in this release, including management's assessment of plans and projects and intentions with respect to use of proceeds, future exploration programs and the completion of financings, constitute forward-looking statements that are subject to numerous risks, uncertainties and other factors relating to Kivalliq's operations as a mineral exploration company that may cause future results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements, including risks as to the completion of the plans and projects. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Other than as required by applicable securities legislation, Kivalliq expressly disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.
Cautionary Note concerning estimates of Inferred Resources:
This news release uses the term "inferred resources". Inferred resources have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence, and great uncertainty as to their economic and legal feasibility. It cannot be assumed that all or any part of an Inferred Mineral Resource will ever be upgraded to a higher category. Kivalliq advises U.S. investors that while this term is recognized and required by Canadian regulations, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission does not recognize it. U.S. investors are cautioned not to assume that part or all of an inferred resource exists, or is economically or legally mineable.
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