Company Advises on Vela Minerals and Standard Uranium Reverse Take-Over
June 18, 2018 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Standard Uranium Ltd. (“Standard Uranium”) and Vela Minerals Ltd. (TSX.V: VLA) (“Vela Minerals”) are pleased to announce the results of the recent geophysics program completed at Standard Uranium’s flagship Davidson River project. The VTEM (versatile time domain electromagnetic) survey completed by Geotech this past winter identified and confirmed the conductors within exploration corridors that have been conceptualized by Standard Uranium’s geological team since the acquisition of the project.
Neil McCallum, V.P. of Exploration for Standard Uranium, proposed the Clearwater Domain “Mirror Theory” when the project was acquired by Dahrouge Geologic in 2013, shortly after the discovery of the Patterson Lake South boulder-field and subsequently the Triple R Zone in 2012. He proposed the interpretation that the Patterson Lake Corridor found to the east of the Clearwater Domain, host to Fission Uranium’s Triple R deposit and NexGen’s Arrow deposit, may be mirrored on the west side of the Clearwater Domain, where the Davidson River Property is located. Recent work by the Geological Survey of Canada has supported this theory.
McCallum commented: “The exploration concept of the Davidson River Property has been materializing with every work program. The results of the recent VTEM survey exceeded my expectations, and I look forward to an aggressive discovery-driven exploration campaign this year.”
The Clearwater Domain theory is shared by Garrett Ainsworth, Director for Standard Uranium. He believes as does McCallum that the conductor corridors to the west of the Clearwater Domain possess strong potential for additional high grade uranium discoveries in the southwest Athabasca.
Ainsworth commented: “During extensional tectonics, the younger Clearwater Domain provided heat, hydrothermal fluid flow, and a potential uranium source while intruding into the older Taltson Domain. The Clearwater intrusions created a hinge point for the favourable host rocks of the Taltson, which has manifested in the Triple R and Arrow Deposits within the Patterson conductor corridor that appears to continue northwest onto Standard Uranium’s Davidson property.”
Ainsworth recently departed NexGen Energy Ltd. where he led the NexGen technical team from June 2014 to April 2018 and was co-recipient of the 2018 PDAC Bill Dennis Award for the Arrow Uranium Deposit in the southwest Athabasca Basin, Saskatchewan. Prior to NexGen, Mr. Ainsworth was co-recipient of the 2013 AME BC Colin Spence Award. This honour was in recognition of his efforts which led to the discovery of the high-grade uranium mineralized system on the Patterson Lake South Project in the southwest Athabasca Basin, Saskatchewan, which is presently owned by Fission Uranium Corp.
McCallum and Ainsworth believe the exploration corridors to the west of the Clearwater Domain, including the Patterson Lake corridor, connect with the corridors on the east of the domain and run directly through Standard Uranium’s Davidson River project. Standard Uranium is planning to prove the Clearwater Domain mirror theory and will continue to build on their recent geophysics work on the Davidson River Project this summer.
Transaction with Vela Minerals
As previously announced on April 19, 2018, Standard Uranium will complete a reverse take-over of Vela Minerals (the “Transaction”). The Transaction is expected to be completed in July, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. These conditions include the availability of financing, and the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange (the “Exchange”). The Transaction cannot be completed until these conditions are satisfied, and there can be no assurance that the Transaction will be completed in a timely fashion, or at all.
In connection with the Transaction, Vela Minerals is conducting a non-brokered private placement (the “Financing”) of up to 20,000,000 common shares (each, a “Share”) at a price of $0.25 per Share. The proceeds of the Financing are intended to be used to advance exploration efforts on the Davidson River Project, and to satisfy working capital requirements of the Transaction.
“Standard Uranium was founded on the belief that the uranium market appeared positioned to take significant steps forward in 2018. As we look to raise our exploration capital, we are very pleased to have already garnered positive interest which appears to value demand for quality uranium exploration projects led by proven and experienced management.” commented Jon Bey, President and CEO of Standard Uranium.
About Standard Uranium
Standard Uranium is a mineral resource exploration company based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Since its establishment, Standard Uranium has focused on the development of prospective exploration stage uranium projects in the Athabasca Basin. Standard Uranium’s Davidson River Project is the largest private land holding in the southwest part of the Athabasca Basin, Saskatchewan, comprising 65,000 acres. The Project is highly prospective for basement hosted uranium deposits, yet remains virtually unexplored despite its proximity to recent high-grade uranium discoveries. Standard Uranium has recently completed geophysical work on the Property and is planning a further summer exploration program. In connection with the Transaction, and as required by the Exchange, Standard Uranium has commissioned a geological report on the Property. Once completed, a copy of the geological report will be available for review under the SEDAR profile (www.sedar.com) of Standard Uranium.
The technical content of this news release has been reviewed and approved by Neil McCallum, a qualified person for the purposes of National Instrument 43-101.
On behalf of the Boards,
Standard Uranium Ltd. Vela Minerals Ltd.
Jon Bey Richard Grayston
President and Chief Executive Officer Chief Executive Officer
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