Skyharbour Option Partner Orano Canada Announces Upcoming Exploration Program at Preston Uranium Property
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Nov. 13, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Skyharbour Resources Ltd. SYH)”>(TSX-V:SYH) (OTCQB:SYHBF) (Frankfurt:SC1P) (the “Company”) is pleased to announce the Company’s option partner Orano Canada Inc. (“Orano Canada”) has announced details for their upcoming 2020 exploration program at the Preston Uranium Project located in the western Athabasca Basin near NexGen Energy Ltd.’s high-grade Arrow deposit and Fission Uranium Corp.’s Triple R deposit.
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http://skyharbourltd.com/_resources/maps/SYH_Patterson_Lake_Area_Promo_20161212_blue_hi_res.pdfSkyharbour and Dixie Gold Inc. entered into an Option Agreement (the “Agreement”) with Orano Canada (previously AREVA Resources Canada Inc.) whereby Orano Canada has an option to acquire up to a 70% working interest in the Preston Uranium Project (see news release dated March 9th, 2017). Under the Agreement, Orano Canada will contribute cash and exploration program considerations totaling up to CAD $8,000,000 in exchange for up to 70% of the project over six years.Skyharbour’s President and CEO, Jordan Trimble commented: “We are excited for the upcoming commencement of exploration programs in 2020 by our strategic partner Orano Canada at the Preston Project. The initial geophysics and ground program slated to start early in the new year will further advance the project and refine future drill targets. Skyharbour continues to execute on its key objectives by adding value to its project base in the Basin through ongoing mineral exploration at its flagship, high grade Moore Uranium Project with a planned 2,500 metre drill program planned in the new year while utilizing the prospect generator model to advance its other projects with strategic partners. In addition to Orano’s field program at Preston, Skyharbour’s other partner Azincourt Energy is planning to carry out a 2,500 metre drill program at the East Preston project which collectively will provide ample news flow and catalysts in the near term.”Preston Uranium Project Upcoming Winter 2020 Program:Orano’s proposed upcoming exploration program on the Preston Project will consist of DC resistivity ground geophysics on the JL and Canoe grids and the B conductive area. To date exploration on the Preston project has consisted of a traditional approach of defining conductors via ground EM surveys and diamond drilling. The objective of the upcoming CAD $735,000 exploration program is to use the DC resistivity method to further characterize the EM conductors by providing information about possible clay, silicification or associated alteration in the vicinity of conductors adding another layer of information to prioritize areas to be drill tested. In order to perform the 2020 proposed resistivity surveys, historical geophysical lines will be utilized at the JL and Canoe grids, and 15.9 km of line cutting will be carried out at the B conductive area.Previous diamond drilling on the property has intersected numerous and extensive, well developed and commonly graphitic ductile shear zones, that were clearly reactivated over time. These structures correlate with elongated NNE-trending magnetic lineaments. A later brittle event is common in both drill core and the magnetic data and could provide a locus for mineralizing fluids. The shear zones are also commonly altered and locally metal enriched (pyrite-pyrrhotite-chalcopyrite). The basement rocks intersected are complexly deformed supracrustal rocks; largely graphitic orthogneiss with minor paragneiss, intruded by granitoids. These lithologies are common to the proven uranium mineralization in the Western Athabasca region (Shea Creek and Patterson Lake corridor deposits). Of note, is that unlike the deposit areas, the Preston Lake property has seen little drill testing.Proposed Work on the JL grid:The 2018 ML-TEM survey on the JL grid identified eight different conductors with strike lengths between 800 m and 2,800 m. Orano plans to carry out 16.0 km of DC resistivity over four of the EM profiles to help determine which of the numerous JL grid EM picks should be tested first with drilling.Proposed Work on the Canoe grid:The EM – Resistivity approach will also be applied on the Canoe grid where the DC resistivity data should help prioritize areas and/or conductors to be investigated by drilling. A total conductor length of approximately 20.5 km was characterized in the Canoe grid area by prior EM surveys. Orano is planning to carry out 12.6 km of DC resistivity.Proposed Work at on the B conductive area:The DC resistivity method will be evaluated over the B conductive area located east of Preston Lake where prior VTEM coverage defined the B conductive area to vary in width from 0.8 km to 2.0 km and extend in a NE-SW direction for more than 12 km. The survey coverage will consist of 12.6 km and will potentially generate new drill targets.Overview of Preston Uranium Project: