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Uranium Energy Corp Advances South Texas Portfolio with Increased Resources at the Burke Hollow ISR Project


NYSE American: UEC

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, June 13, 2024 /CNW/ - Uranium Energy Corp (NYSE American: UEC) "UEC" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has filed a TRS on EDGAR disclosing updated mineral resources for the Company's Texas Hub and Spoke ISR platform (the "Platform") with an increase in resources at the Burke Hollow Project (the "Project").

Background:

The TRS was prepared under S-K 1300 and was filed on June 12, 2024 with the SEC through EDGAR on Form 8-K and is also available on SEDAR as a "Material Document" filed on June 12, 2024. The TRS was prepared on behalf of the Company by Western Water Consultants, Inc. d/b/a WWC Engineering, of Sheridan, Wyoming.

Andy Kurrus, UEC V.P. of Resource Development, Texas, stated: "Since the initial discovery at Burke Hollow, we've continued to increase resources with every drilling campaign and update. We have identified several mineralized trends and horizons for potential resource growth and nearly half of the ~20,000 acre Burke Hollow property remains under-explored. Burke Hollow is the largest ISR uranium discovery in the United States in the past decade and will be an exciting satellite project as part of our hub-and-spoke strategy."

About the Texas Hub & Spoke Platform

The Platform consists of five project areas ("Figure 1-1"): the Hobson Central Processing Plant ("CPP"); and the Burke Hollow, Goliad, Palangana and Salvo projects; which are located in Karnes, Bee, Goliad and Duval Counties, Texas. The Hobson CPP will serve as the 'hub' of the Platform, with the other project areas serving as satellite facilities, or the 'spokes'. The Hobson CPP will process all the uranium recovered in each of the other project areas. The Texas Platform is in the South Texas Uranium Province ("STUP"), which is part of the coastal plain portion of the Gulf of Mexico Basin ("GMB").

Mineral rights in our Texas projects are all private (fee) mineral leases. Fee mineral leases are obtained through negotiation with individual owners.

The Company's projects reside in the GMB and extend over much of South Texas. It includes the Texas coastal plain and STUP where UEC's ISR projects are located. The coastal plain is bounded by the Rocky Mountain uplift to the west with a drainage trend into the Gulf of Mexico. The coastal plain is comprised of marine, non-marine and continental sediments ranging in age from Paleozoic through Cenozoic.

Figure 1-1 
Texas Hub and Spoke Project Area Location Map Texas S-K 1300 Technical Report 
Karnes, Duval, Bee, and Goliad Counties, Texas (CNW Group/Uranium Energy Corp)

Uranium mineralization in UEC's Hub and Spoke Platform projects is typical of Texas roll-front sandstone deposits. The formation of roll-front deposits is largely a groundwater process that occurs when uranium-rich, oxygenated groundwater interacts with a reducing environment in the subsurface and precipitates uranium. The most favorable host rocks for roll-fronts are permeable sandstones with large aquifer systems. Interbedded mudstone, claystone and siltstone are often present and aid in the formation process by focusing groundwater flux.

To date, UEC holds data from 9,135 drill holes that have been completed by UEC and previous uranium exploration companies on and nearby the five project areas held by UEC. Data from the drilling, including survey coordinates, collar elevations, depths and grade of uranium intercepts, have been incorporated into UEC's database.

Developmental Status Summary

The below outlines a broad work summary that has been accomplished to develop and operate the Platform projects.

Summary capital and operating cost estimates are not included with this TRS, since UEC is updating the results of an Initial Assessment ("IA") without economic analysis. Past normal maintenance operations on new construction/development has been required at the Hobson CPP, and a new Radioactive Material License was approved in 2022 that expanded the licensed U3O8 extraction capacity to 4 million lbs annually. The Salvo project has remained in a continuation status since its 2010-2012 drilling campaign. UEC had initiated drilling campaigns at its Palangana, Goliad and Burke Hollow projects in 2010-2015 and 2023, 2019 and 2021-2024, respectively. The Company also activated several wellfields at Palangana to extract uranium from 2010 to 2016.

Palangana

From 2010 to 2015, UEC drilled 891 holes at Palangana. Most of the drilling occurred in 2010 (391 holes), 2011 (281 holes) and 2012 (186 holes), and the remaining holes were drilled from 2013-2015. The majority of these holes were drilled for delineation purposes and the remainder were drilled and completed as monitor and production wells. In 2010, UEC activated wellfields in Production Area ("PA") PA-1, PA-2 and PA-3 at Palangana. In 2014, PA-4 was authorized for extraction and, in 2023, an additional delineation campaign was conducted in PA-4. The Mine Area Permit was renewed in March 2024 and the Radioactive Material License is in timely renewal. From 2010 to 2016, 563,600 lbs of uranium were extracted by ISR methods.

Goliad

In 2014, UEC conducted a drilling program at its Goliad project for exploration and water wells. 35 holes were drilled and logged for exploration and water supply purposes with a majority of the holes being drilled in PA- 1 and PA-2. The Radioactive Material License was renewed in March 2024 and the Mine Area Permit is in timely renewal.

Burke Hollow 

From 2021 to present, UEC completed installation and the permit submittal of PA-1. Upon completion of PA-1, UEC drilled to upgrade the resources from inferred to measured and indicated to better define the mineralization in PA-1, PA-2, and the newly discovered PA-3. As of April 11, 2024, 714 delineation and exploration holes were drilled, with 44 of these holes completed as monitor wells. This program is ongoing for the purpose of completing additional holes for exploration and delineation of the newly discovered PA-3 and the Southern Graben Exploration Target outlined in previous technical summary report filings.

In 2023, mineralization was discovered to the south of the PA-1 area in a shallower horizon known as the Eastern Lower A Sand Trend, or "PA-3", contained within the Eastern block of Burke Hollow. This recently discovered trend accounts for much of the resource expansion since the initial 2022 Hub and Spoke technical summary report, adding significant pounds in all resource categories. Current drilling focuses on delineation of this trend and exploration of the Southern Graben Area.

No historical data was used in the Burke Hollow mineral estimate, only data from drilling conducted by UEC from 2012 to the present. In total, 887 new holes were drilled and logged between 2019 and April 11, 2024 to complete this estimate. 

Mineral Resources

This IA TRS has been prepared in accordance with the regulations set forth in S-K 1300 with the objective of disclosing the mineral resources at the Project and Platform.

Based on the density of drilling, continuity of geology and mineralization, testing and data verification, the mineral resource estimates meet the criteria for indicated or inferred mineral resources as summarized herein.

The in-place resources were estimated separately for each project area. The Platform contains a measured resource of 3,631,900 lbs and an indicated resource of 9,326,100 lbs of U3O8 in-place. The Platform contains 9,948,100 lbs of inferred mineral resources in-place. Tables 1 and 2 below list the Platform resources by the project area. Mineral resources are not mineral reserves and do not have demonstrated economic viability. However, considerations of reasonable prospects for eventual economic extraction were applied to the mineral resource calculations herein.

Table 1: Texas Hub and Spoke Project Measured and Indicated Resource Summary 

Mineral Resource

GT Cutoff

Average Grade (%
eU3O8)

Ore Tons (000s)

eU3O8 (lbs)

Burke Hollow

Measured

0.30

0.086

581

964,000

Indicated

0.30

0.083

3,329

5,191,000

Total Measured and Indicated

0.30

0.083

3,910

6,155,000

Goliad

Measured

0.20

0.053

1,595

2,667,900

Indicated

0.20

0.102

1,504

3,492,000

Total Measured and Indicated

0.20

0.085

3,099

6,159,900

Palangana

Measured

-

-

-

-

Indicated

None

0.134

232

643,100

Total Measured and Indicated

None

0.134

232

643,100

Salvo

All mineral resources at Salvo are classified as Inferred.

Project Totals

Measured

3,631,900

Indicated

9,326,100

Total Measured and Indicated

12,958,000

Notes:

1.

Pounds reported with disequilibrium factor ("DEF") applied (except at Burke Hollow).

2.

Measured and indicated mineral resources as defined in 17 CFR § 229.1300.

3.

All reported resources occur below the static water table.

4.

The point of reference for mineral resources is in-situ at the Project.

5.

Mineral resources are not mineral reserves and do not have demonstrated economic viability.

6.

Delineation drilling conducted at Palangana after 2010 was not incorporated into the resource estimate as in the experience of the QP, this type of drilling does not generally substantially change the resource estimates.

7.

An 80% metallurgical recovery factor was considered for the purposes of determining the reasonable prospect of economic extraction.

Table 2: Texas Hub and Spoke Project Inferred Resource Summary 

Mineral Resource

GT Cutoff

Average Grade (%
eU3O8)

Ore Tons (000s)

eU3O8 (lbs)

Burke Hollow

Inferred

0.30

0.104

2,596

4,883,000

Goliad

Inferred

0.20

0.195

333

1,224,800

Palangana

PA-1 and PA-2 Inferred

None

0.100

96

192,500

Dome, NE Garcia, SW
Garcia, CC Brine, Jemison

 Fence, Jemison East Inferred

0.10

0.110 - 0.300

206

808,800

Salvo

Inferred

0.30

0.091

1,125

2,839,000

Project Totals

Total Inferred

4,356

9,948,100

Notes:

1.

Pounds reported with DEF applied.

2.

A range of grades is presented for the Palangana inferred mineral because the resource estimation methods differed between PA-1/PA-2 and the rest of the trends. There was no cutoff for PA-1 and PA-2 block models. See Section 11.1 of the TRS for a more detailed explanation.

3.

Inferred mineral resources as defined in 17 CFR § 229.1300.

4.

All reported resources occur below the static water table.

5.

The point of reference for mineral resources is in-situ at the Project.

6.

Mineral resources are not mineral reserves and do not have demonstrated economic viability.

7.

Delineation drilling conducted at Palangana after 2010 was not incorporated into this resource estimate, as in the experience of the QP this type of drilling does not generally substantially change the resource estimates.

The technical information in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Western Water Consultants, Inc., d/b/a/ WWC Engineering, an independent, third party consulting firm to the Company, and by Andrew W. Kurrus III, P.G., V.P. of Resource Development, Texas, for the Company, who fulfill the requirements as a "qualified person" for the purposes of S-K 1300.

About Uranium Energy Corp

Uranium Energy Corp is the fastest growing supplier of the fuel for the green energy transition to a low carbon future. UEC is the largest, diversified North American focused uranium company, advancing the next generation of low-cost, environmentally friendly in-situ recovery ("ISR") uranium projects in the United States and high-grade conventional projects in Canada. The Company has two production-ready ISR hub and spoke platforms located in South Texas and Wyoming. These two production platforms are anchored by fully operational central processing plants and served by seven U.S. ISR uranium projects with all their major permits in place. Additionally, the Company has diversified uranium holdings including: (1) one of the largest physical uranium portfolios of North American warehoused U3O8 ; (2) a major equity stake in Uranium Royalty Corp., the only royalty company in the sector; and (3) a Western Hemisphere pipeline of resource stage uranium projects. The Company's operations are managed by professionals with decades of hands-on experience in the key facets of uranium exploration, development and mining.

Stock Exchange Information:
NYSE American: UEC

WKN: AØJDRR
ISN: US916896103

Safe Harbor Statement

Except for the statements of historical fact contained herein, the information presented in this news release constitutes "forward-looking statements" as such term is used in applicable United States and Canadian securities laws. These statements relate to analyses and other information that are based on forecasts of future results, estimates of amounts not yet determinable and assumptions of management. Any other statements that express or involve discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions or future events or performance (often, but not always, using words or phrases such as "expects" or "does not expect", "is expected", "anticipates" or "does not anticipate", "plans, "estimates" or "intends", or stating that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved) are not statements of historical fact and should be viewed as "forward-looking statements". Such forward looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risks and other factors include, among others, the actual results of exploration activities, variations in the underlying assumptions associated with the estimation or realization of mineral resources, the availability of capital to fund programs and the resulting dilution caused by the raising of capital through the sale of shares, accidents, labor disputes and other risks of the mining industry including, without limitation, those associated with the environment, delays in obtaining governmental approvals, permits or financing or in the completion of development or construction activities, title disputes or claims limitations on insurance coverage. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. Many of these factors are beyond the Company's ability to control or predict. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements contained in this news release and in any document referred to in this news release. Important factors that may cause actual results to differ materially and that could impact the Company and the statements contained in this news release can be found in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. For forward-looking statements in this news release, the Company claims the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Company assumes no obligation to update or supplement any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. This news release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy securities.

SOURCE Uranium Energy Corp


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