NexGen Energy Ltd.: Assays Confirm Uranium Mineralisation in 3 holes at Rook I
January 9, 2014
NexGen Energy Ltd. (TSX-V:NXE) ("NexGen" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has received all analytical results from the first phase summer drill program totalling 3,032.0 m on Rook 1. Rook 1 is immediately adjacent to, and up strike approximately 2.1 km northeast of the high-grade uranium discovery at Patterson Lake South (PLS) made by Fission Uranium/Alpha Minerals.
- Uranium confirmed in hole RK-13-05 as a downhole intercept between 220.5 -- 224.5 m of 4.0 m @ 330ppm U3O8.
- Holes RK-13-03 and -06 intercepted a combination of uranium- and thorium-bearing minerals.
- All 3 holes were located on separate EM conductors as highlighted in Figure 1 immediately along strike of and adjacent to the Patterson Lake South discovery.
Leigh Curyer, CEO of NexGen, states "Our very first, widely spaced work program at Rook 1 has confirmed uranium mineralisation on trend and on the same interpreted conductors as the PLS discovery made by Fission Uranium in 2011. The Company is well funded, and we are excited to leverage off these very early encouraging results for a successful 2014 winter drill program."
All samples were analysed at Saskatchewan Research Council Laboratories (SRC) by ICP-OES/MS for a suite of elements including U and Th. The latter were analysed by both partial and total digestion techniques. The U values in hole RK-13-05 from partial digestion are generally >90% of the total contained U, thus indicating that the uranium occurs almost wholly within pitchblende/uraninite and not in complex refractory minerals.
Selected check samples from holes RK-13-05 and -06 were analysed by Neutron Activation Analysis (NAA) and by Direct Neutron Counting (DNC) for U and Th at Becquerel Laboratories. Results agreed with the original ICP-OES/MS values from SRC to within <10%, validating NexGen's QA/QC procedures.
Three samples of coarse crushed mineralized material were also analysed by QEMSCAN at SRC to determine detailed mineralogy, especially of radioactive material. Two samples were from hole RK-13-05, and one from hole RK-13-06. In all three samples, uraninite is present as fine-grained intergrowths typically associated with sulphides. Both samples from hole RK-13-05 also contained an altered Ti-rich uraninite mineral that was intergrown and associated with rutile. The sample from hole RK-13-06 contained a complex Ca- and Th-bearing phosphate mineral associated with a Th-bearing monazite and an APS mineral (aluminum phosphate-sulphate) mineral.
It is clear that the structurally-disturbed zones noted in drill core at Rook 1 contain occurrences of elevated U and Th mineralogy. The observed pitchblende occurrences in core attest to complex uranium distribution within small sample zones. NexGen notes that the mineralogy of uranium deposits in the region is quite complex, reflecting a varied reactivation history.
A winter drilling program will commence in January 2014 at the Rook 1 project. The initial focus will be to follow up the uranium mineralization intersected in RK-13-05. In addition, several regional anomalies will also be targeted, these having been interpreted from a combination of aerial and ground geophysical data, and assessment of historic drill core (ie following up geologic trends hosting previously known uranium mineralization).
Figure 1: 2013 Drill Hole Locations
Figure 2: RK-13-05, 220.8m: pitchblende veinlet in haematised breccia
To view Table 1 Rook 1 mineralization analyses (SRC), please follow this link.
To view Table 2 Rook 1 mineralization intercepts by gamma probe, please follow this link.
Downhole radiometric intervals differ slightly from actual core sample intervals. Probe "shoulder" data occasionally indicate a zone of wider radioactivity than actually occurs in core. In the Patterson Lake region, radioactive anomalies may be due solely to thorium, or to uranium, or to a combination. NexGen defines an intercept of > 0.5 m @ 300 cps as indicative of radioactive anomalism, the cause to be confirmed by chemical analysis.
Note that radiometric readings reported in this news release are measured in total counts per second (cps) using a Mt Sopris 2PGA natural gamma radiation down hole probe. Total count radiation readings may not be directly related to actual uranium as other radioactive elements, such as thorium and potassium, are also present in the rock interval measured. The downhole gamma probe data is used purely as an indication of the presence of radioactive materials. General background readings for the project are in the range of 10-200 cps. The actual radioactive source element and grade of the radioactive material will be determined by means of chemical analytical techniques provided by the Saskatchewan Research Council, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. True thicknesses for the reported radioactive intersections have yet to be determined.
Andrew Browne, FAusIMM(CP), NexGen's Vice President, Exploration & Development, is a "qualified person" for the purposes of National Instrument 43-101 -- Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects, and has reviewed and approved the contents of this news release.
NexGen is a British Columbia corporation with a focus on the acquisition, exploration and development of Canadian uranium projects. NexGen has a highly experienced team of exploration professionals with a track record in the discovery of unconformity-style uranium deposits in Canada.
Leigh Curyer, Chief Executive Officer
NexGen Energy Ltd.
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