TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 22, 2012) -
- Opportunities to advance Mega's Queensland uranium resources at its Ben Lomond and Georgetown Projects have been significantly enhanced by today's decision from the Queensland Government to allow the recommencement of Uranium Mining in Queensland, Australia.
- The Liberal National Party Queensland State Government elected on 24th March 2012, has now joined both the Federal Labor and Liberal parties in supporting uranium mining.
- Mega Uranium holds significant uranium resources in Queensland with its Ben Lomond mining leases hosting an NI43-101 compliant resource comprising an Indicated Resource of 1.33 million tonnes @ 0.27% U3O8 (7.9 Mlbs U3O8) and an Inferred Resource of 0.6 million tonnes @ 0.21% U3O8 (2.8 Mlbs U3O8). The resource also contains a substantial molybdenum credit at an average grade of 0.15% Mo*.
- At Georgetown Mega holds properties with uranium resources. The largest of these, Maureen, has a NI43-101 compliant resource comprising an Indicated Resource of 3.12 million tonnes @ 0.09% U3O8 (5.95 Mlbs U3O8) and an Inferred Resource of 0.15 million tonnes @ 0.11% U3O8 (0.38Mlbs U3O8).
Mega Uranium Ltd. (TSX:MGA) ("Mega") is pleased to report the Queensland State Government has today announced it will convene a three-member implementation committee to oversee the recommencement of uranium mining in Queensland. The Liberal National Party, led by Premier Campbell Newman, said today's announcement followed sustained public debate on uranium mining in Queensland, and strong support for the uranium industry from the Federal Labor Government.
Premier Newman stated, "It's been 30 years since there was uranium mining in this State, and in that time the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia have carved out successful uranium industries that deliver jobs and prosperity to their regions."
Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Andrew Cripps said with Queensland's known uranium deposits worth an estimated $10 billion, the industry has enormous potential to support economic growth, particularly in regional North Queensland.
Mega's Ben Lomond uranium-molybdenum property is located in Queensland, Australia, approximately 50km west of the port of Townsville. The property contains two adjacent Mining Leases (total 21.6 km2) which were each renewed for 10 years from December 2004. The Ben Lomond deposit comprises an east-west trending, steeply dipping (75º) vein system within Carboniferous volcanic rocks immediately underlying an unconformity. Evaluation work culminated in the delineation of an NI 43-101 compliant resource, comprising an Indicated Resource of 1.33 million tonnes @ 0.27% U3O8 (7.9 Mlbs U3O8) and an Inferred Resource of 0.6 million tonnes @ 0.21% U3O8 (2.8 Mlbs U3O8). The resource also contains a substantial molybdenum credit at an average grade of 0.15% Mo*.
Attractive features of the Ben Lomond Project include:
- On the basis of its relatively high average 0.25% U3O8 grade, and the substantial molybdenum credit, Ben Lomond is one of the highest grade per tonne uranium resources in Australia.
- The deposit has significant upside potential, as it is open to the east over at least a 1.05 km strike length. In this area, limited widely spaced surface drilling has intersected encouraging intervals of uranium mineralization and rock alteration.
- Surface rock, soil and stream sediment geochemical sampling in 2011 has located evidence of further uranium mineralization in several areas to the west and north west of the current resource.
- Zones of high deformation and dilation have been identified in areas west, north-west and east of the known deposit using 3D structural fluid flow modelling. Some of these are partly coincident with recently located soil and rock anomalies.
- A 1982 Feasibility Study conducted by Minatome concluded that 70% of the resource was mineable by open cut at a 5:1 stripping ratio and that the remainder is conducive to extraction by underground workings from the pit.
- The deposit occurs at low elevation in remote, sparsely populated hill country at an easily accessible site some 50km west of the major port city of Townsville, and is favourably located with respect to future mine development as it is close to power, water and essential services.
Mega is undertaking prefeasibility studies of Ben Lomond with a view to determining the project economics, the preferred mining and processing options and the key steps in mine development.
The Georgetown properties are located 400 km WSW of the port of Cairns in north Queensland. Within these exploration tenements the outcropping Maureen uranium deposit consists of uranium-molybdenite-fluorite mineralization hosted within sandstones and conglomerates of Devonian age at and above their unconformity with Proterozoic metasediments and graphitic schists. The Maureen deposit contains a NI43-101 compliant resource comprising an Indicated Resource of 3.12 million tonnes @ 0.09% U3O8 (5.95 Mlbs U3O8) and an Inferred Resource of 0.15 million tonnes @ 0.11% U3O8 (0.38 Mlbs U3O8). The delineated resource occurs from surface to 120 meters depth and is conducive to open cut extraction at a favourable stripping ratio.
Other Georgetown Properties
Some 30 km south and southeast of Maureen, four other uranium deposits contain historical Inferred Resources aggregating to 2.9 million tonnes @ 0.10% U3O8 (6.4 Mlbs U3O8)**. Three of these deposits, Four Geo, Two Gee and Quartz Blow, occur south east of Maureen, in the north east-trending Dagworth-Quartz Blow Zone, as steeply dipping vein systems within dykes and fault zones straddling the unconformity between Lower Carboniferous sediments/volcanics and underlying Palaeproterozoic metesediments. The other historical resource is the Central 50 prospect in the east-west trending, 5-6 meters wide Lineament Fault Zone, some 30km south of Maureen. In late 2007, Mega's 8 hole, 1,525 meter, reverse circulation drilling programme, testing for possible strike extensions of the Central 50 Zone, intersected significant uranium mineralization including 12 meters @ 0.09% U3O8 from 117 meters downhole and 7 meters @ 0.09% U3O8 from 167 meters downhole.
ABOUT MEGA URANIUM
Mega Uranium Ltd. is a Toronto-based mineral resources company with a focus on uranium properties in Australia, Canada and Cameroon. Further information on Mega can be found on the company's website at www.megauranium.com.
* The molybdenum grade was defined in a 1982 internal feasibility study by Minatome Australia Pty Ltd., and as such, should not be relied upon. Mega has not conducted any work at this time to verify the grade or the corresponding historical resource and is not treating the grade or resource as a current estimate for the purpose of NI 43-101. The grade should be viewed as conceptual in nature until such time that further exploration is done and an NI 43-101 compliant molybdenum resource is defined.
** All historical resource estimates referred to in this Press Release were prepared prior to the implementation of National Instrument 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects ("NI 43-101"). Mega has not conducted any work at this time to verify these historical resource estimates, we are not aware of any more recent resource estimates or data for the properties which conform to the standards of NI 43-101 and we are not treating the historical estimates as current mineral resources. They should not be relied upon. The Central 50 and Two Gee uranium resource estimates reported, were, however, competently conducted respectively, by Esso in 1981 and Minatome in 1983, in accordance with the standards of the day and we regard them as a reasonable reflection of the magnitude and grade of the mineralization. The historical resource estimates are categorized as "indicated" and "inferred", which are comparable to the corresponding resource categories permitted under NI 43-101.
Mineral resources are not mineral reserves and do not have demonstrated economic viability. Mineral resources may never be converted into reserves. Furthermore, inferred resources are considered too speculative geologically to have the economic considerations applied to them that would enable them to be categorized as mineral reserves. Further exploration will be required to upgrade the inferred resources to a higher resource category.
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NOTE REGARDING DISCLOSURE FOR MINERAL PROJECTS
This press release contains disclosure regarding our mineral resources. Mineral resources are not mineral reserves and do not have demonstrated economic viability. Mineral resources may never be converted into reserves. Furthermore, inferred resources are considered too speculative geologically to have the economic considerations applied to them that would enable them to be categorized as mineral reserves. Further exploration will be required to upgrade the inferred resources to a higher resource category.