Sparton Resources Inc.

Sparton Resources Inc.

April 23, 2007 09:47 ET

Sparton to Begin Bulk Testing Program for Uranium on China Coal Ash

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 23, 2007) - Sparton Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:SRI)(the "Company") reported today that it will proceed with a bulk uranium extraction test program on coal ash from the Xiaolongtang ("XLT") Power Station in Yunnan, southwest China (See news releases dated December 19, 2006, January 7, 2007, and April 4, 2007). The testing work will be done by the Beijing Number 5 Testing Institute under the direction and supervision of the Company's process engineering consultants, Lyntek Inc. of Denver, Colorado USA.

As previously reported, the early stage testing of fly ash samples from XLT by Lyntek has indicated that the material contains approximately 0.46 pounds of U308 per tonne of ash (160-180 parts per million uranium), and that over 70% of this contained uranium is soluble in acid extraction solutions. At current world U3O8 prices the value of the recoverable uranium oxide in this material is over $US35 per tonne.

The bulk test work will involve the processing of approximately 25-50 tonnes of fly ash from the XLT power station and is expected to recover 3.5 to 7 kg of uranium oxide (yellowcake). Laboratory scale testing will precede the bulk testing during preparation of the testing facility at XLT. This bench scale work will refine the procedures for the larger scale program. The over all program is expected to require 3-4 months to complete. Budgeting for the work is currently underway.


This institute is one of the largest and comprehensive process testing organizations and is fully licensed to undertake the testing and extraction of radioactive materials from a wide variety of sources. It will be responsible for organizing and executing the testing program under the direction of Lyntek's process engineering specialists, and using procedures recommended by Lyntek. The program is fully supported by CNNC the China national Nuclear Corporation, Sparton's partner in the overall program to evaluate the extraction of uranium from non conventional sources in PRC, and China Guodian Power Corporation the owner of the XLT station.


The acceleration of the next phase to bulk testing is a result of the positive extraction results reported earlier this month. Bulk testing will speed up the time line leading towards a scoping or pre-feasibility study level of technical evaluation. The bulk test work will define the parameters for the possible commercialization of uranium extraction at XLT. The XLT station has an accessible stockpile of stored fly ash containing over 2.5 million pounds of contained U3O8 and is producing over 600,000 tonnes of fly ash per year containing over 275,000 pounds of uranium oxide. The nearby coal mine supplying the station has adequate coal to supply the station for over 20 years at current boiler burning capacity.

Sparton's China based team continues to obtain new samples of high uranium ash from other Chinese power stations. A number of these have now been sent to Lyntek for preliminary uranium extraction tests.

Once again Sparton's management and engineering team is extremely pleased how rapidly progress has been achieved in this program. The commercialization of uranium extraction from readily available coal ash or other waste material removes for the investor, many geologic and other technical risks, high costs, and long and expensive exploration, development and permitting times involved in conventional uranium deposit discovery and production, particularly in remote areas with no infrastructure.

The Company has now identified one readily available, ongoing supply of high uranium waste material of similar uranium content to many exploration projects currently in progress. It is fully confident it will locate additional similar sources both in, and outside PRC. In reality, future commercialization and production of much needed uranium as a source of clean energy from these types of material can be accomplished much faster, at far lower cost, and with more positive environmental impact implications than new mine development.

Sparton's exploration and non conventional uranium extraction programs in China and elsewhere are carried out under the direct supervision of A. Lee Barker, P. Eng., P Geol., the Company's President and CEO who is a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101.

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    Charles Ge
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