Pancontinental Uranium Corporation: Scoping Study at Charley Creek REE Project
Due at End of February
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/30/13 --
Pancontinental Uranium Corporation (TSX VENTURE:PUC) ("Pancon" or the
"Company") is pleased to report that today its Joint Venture partner,
Crossland Uranium Mines Limited ("Crossland"), announced that the
Scoping Study for a mining and processing operation at the Charley
Creek Alluvial Rare Earth Project in Central Australia is proceeding
The study will produce capital and operating cost estimates for all
of the major facets of the Charley Creek project including mining
operations, wet and dry plant mineral concentration facilities, REO
refinery, infrastructure, accommodation, water supply, and draft
environmental scoping document (ESD).
Pancon President and CEO, Rick Mark, states: "The Scoping Study is an
important early milestone in the Charley Creek Mine development
process. The Project's alluvial mining techniques give us significant
Capex advantage and we believe the preponderance of heavy REEs
evident at Charley Creek can also give us a clear advantage over most
The study assumes a staged development, commencing with the
production of a high grade (40%+) TREO concentrate, followed by the
construction of a refinery to remove uranium, thorium and major
gangue elements to produce a high purity mixed rare earth carbonate
Progress on specific elements of the study is as follows:
1. MSP Engineering was awarded the engineering scoping study in November
2012 and is on track to deliver their final study report at the end of
February. This study will provide a capital and operating cost estimate
for the production of a high grade monazite/xenotime concentrate and
associated infrastructure. ALS Metallurgy (Ammtec) has completed
sulphuric acid bake and caustic 'crack' test work on a high grade
Monazite/Xenotime concentrate sample from the Charley Creek project.
Initial results indicate both process routes are technically feasible.
Further optimisation test work on the production of concentrate and the
refinery will be undertaken in the first half of this year.
2. Process design for the REO refinery has been awarded to a specialist
consultant. A process design package is expected to provide to MSP
Engineering to generate a +/-35% capital and operating estimate for the
construction and commissioning of the REO refinery. The study flowsheet
will consist of the following process steps:
Sulphuric acid pug roast -- Water leach -- Iron/Thorium
precipitation -- Uranium IX -- RECO3 Mixed Carbonate precipitation
-- RECO3 drying and packaging.
Capital and operating cost estimates for the REO refinery are expected
to be available at the end of the first quarter of 2013.
3. GHD is progressing towards the draft EIS for the Charley Creek project.
GHD is also undertaking hydrogeological studies across the Charley Creek
project area to source sufficient underground water for mining and
These studies are designed to generate the necessary data to allow
economic assessment of the Charley Creek project to be quantified.
The Scoping Study and economic assessment of the project will be made
available to shareholders on completion. Crossland expects that the
Scoping Study and financial analysis will provide a compelling
business case and that the project will then proceed quickly to
further resource drilling of starter pit areas, and a Feasibility
About Pancontinental Uranium Corporation
Pancontinental Uranium Corporation ("Pancon") is a Canadian-based
company focused on uranium and REE discovery and development. Through
a joint venture with Crossland Uranium Mines Limited ("Crossland") of
Australia, this management and operating team has unparalleled
experience from exploration, through development to operations, and
includes people who were instrumental in the discovery of two of the
largest uranium deposits in the world. Pancon and Crossland hold an
impressive REE and uranium exploration portfolio with projects in
prolific, mining friendly districts.
Exploration is ongoing or has occurred at three Australian projects
which include Charley Creek, Chilling, and Kalabity. Charley Creek
has the potential for large alluvial REE deposits, and large,
lower-grade, Rossing-type, granite-hosted uranium deposits. The
Chilling project has the potential to host a mirror image of a
portion of the renowned Alligator Rivers Uranium Field containing the
large Jabiluka, Ranger and Koongarra deposits The Kalabity project is
in a district of historic uranium/radium mining that contains a
variety of known uranium deposit styles.
Pancon has a 45% participating interest in this significant REE and
uranium project portfolio. Pancon and Crossland are also pursuing
exploration beyond Australia through an international subsidiary
company, Crosscontinental Uranium Limited, and plans include
formulating an exploration program in Burkina Faso.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Rick Mark, President & CEO
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