CanAlaska Uranium commences winter drilling program at the Cree East projectadmin
January 27, 2010 Filed Under: Uranium Mining
CanAlaska Uranium Ltd. announce that the Company has commenced exploration on its Cree East uranium project in the Athabasca Basin, Saskatchewan, Canada. The Cree East project is funded under a joint venture with the Company’s Korean strategic partners, comprising Hanwha Corporation, Korea Electric Power Corp., Korea Resources Corp. and SK Energy Co, Ltd. The Company recently received Cdn$4.12 million in funding from the Korean Consortium to support 2010 exploration. The Korean Consortium presently holds a 40.6% ownership interest in the partnership, having contributed a total of Cdn$12.6 million in investment funding.
The 2010 uranium exploration program at Cree East is currently budgeted at $5.8M, testing 5 targets with approximately 32 drill holes across a prolonged, 2010 Winter-Summer drill campaign. The Company is very pleased to report that a drill contract has been signed with DJ Drilling (2004) Ltd. for a planned 6,800 metre winter drill program, and a further 6,800 metre program in summer 2010.
The first stage of this extensive drill program has now commenced. Previous geophysical modelling and initial drill tests have outlined four zones (Zones A-D) of uranium mineralization and hydrothermally-altered rocks associated with major basement offsets along a 4 km mineralizing trend. Drill-hole spacing in the target areas from previous drilling in 2008 and early 2009 is from between 100 to 200 metres. Most of the 2010 targets are located between existing holes, or are short step-outs from existing holes. The new drilling will attempt to cross-cut the fault and alteration modelled by the existing holes, geology and geophysics.
Additional targets on the Cree East project have been defined following intensive airborne and ground geophysical work over summer 2009. At Zones G, H and I, there appear to be further areas of extensive hydrothermal alteration. Correlation of the current surveys with anomalous uranium and alteration in six historical holes dating from 1981 (two fences of three holes at Zone G), shows the strong potential for additional structurally-controlled uranium mineralization in the basement, and possible significant enrichment at the unconformity.
Despite the continuing uncertainties in the economy, the Company is pleased to be engaging in one of the most aggressive seasons of uranium exploration in its history. CanAlaska continues to distinguish itself among the Canadian uranium exploration community in maintaining highly complementary strengths in both technical operations and financial acuity. The Company is able to commit to the aggressive exploration program outlined above based on its strong internal treasury, which presently totals over $12 mil., and the financial support it receives from its strongly-capitalized strategic partners, both domestic and international.