CASPER, WYOMING--(Marketwire - Aug. 1, 2011) - Uranerz Energy Corporation ("Uranerz" or the "Company") (TSX:URZ)(NYSE Amex:URZ)(FRANKFURT:U9E) is pleased to announce that it has commenced on-site construction of the Company's Nichols Ranch ISR Uranium Project located in the Central Powder River Basin of Wyoming, U.S.A. Uranerz held a ground-breaking ceremony last week to mark the start of construction of its first in-situ recovery ("ISR") uranium mine. The Company is poised to become one of the first to open a new ISR uranium mine in Wyoming in over a decade.
Construction activities will consist of two main functions: building the central processing plant, including office, laboratory, and maintenance buildings; and installing the first well-fields. Site preparation for the central processing plant commenced last week. The locations for 75 environmental monitor wells are being staked and installing these wells will begin soon. Drilling rigs for installing the monitor wells and production wells have been contracted and are now being mobilized so that they can start operating later this week. Contracts for improving the roads leading into the site and contracts for the well-field header houses are also being finalized with material purchases underway. In addition, a 550-barrel cement silo is in the final fabrication process and should be delivered to the site in mid-August.
"We are excited to be in the construction phase after some four years of license application preparation and approval, plant and well-field design, and employee training," stated Uranerz General Manager for Production Glenda Thomas. "The Company is now hiring additional personnel to work at the site during construction and operation, and our team is focused on achieving commercial production as soon as practical."
Uranerz Energy Corporation is a U.S.-based uranium company focused on achieving near-term commercial in-situ recovery ("ISR") uranium production in Wyoming, the largest producer of uranium of any U.S. state. The Uranerz management team has specialized expertise in the ISR uranium mining method, and has a record of licensing, constructing, and operating commercial ISR uranium projects. The Company has already entered into long-term uranium sales contracts with two of the largest nuclear utilities in the U.S., including Exelon.
Uranerz Energy Corporation is listed on the NYSE Amex and the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "URZ", and listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange under the symbol "U9E".
For further information please refer to the Company's website at www.uranerz.com, review the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov, or visit the Company's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
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