September 27, 2021
Vancouver, British Columbia–(Newsfile Corp. – September 27, 2021) – GoviEx Uranium Inc. (TSXV: GXU) (OTCQB: GVXXF) (“GoviEx or the “Company“) is pleased to announce the completion of its initial infill drilling campaign at the Dibwe East deposit in its wholly owned, mine permitted Mutanga Uranium Project in Zambia (the “Mutanga Project“) . The Mutanga Project consists of three mining permits that cover some 720km2, and contains five deposits: Dibwe, Dibwe East, Mutanga, Gwabe and Njame.
- Mineralisation is continuous from hole to hole and section to section and shows a very close correlation to the current inferred resource interpreted ore boundaries;
- average reported grades, after taking into account disequilibrium, is 330 ppm eU3O8, highlighting the consistency of the deposit;
- drill results show potential to extend the mineralised zone beyond the initially interpreted ore boundary in some sections, especially as several holes finished in mineralisation; and
- the Mutanga Project area is still prospective for potential discoveries, and further target generation exercises are currently being undertaken.
GoviEx’s infill drilling campaign, which commenced in May 2021, was aimed at upgrading the inferred mineral resources associated with the Dibwe East deposit to an indicated mineral resources for inclusion into a planned feasibility study for the Mutanga Project. The Dibwe East deposit currently contains 43.1 Mt at an average grade of 304 ppm U3O8 for 28.9 Mlb U3O8, and represents approximately 45% of the total resource tonnage at the Mutanga Project.1 A total of 65 holes for 8,060 metres were completed using down the hole percussion drilling to an average depth of 124 metres on a 100 x 50 metre grid.
“The Mutanga project benefits from being a technically straight forward project due to its low-waste stripping ratio and acid consumption and with a low capital efficiency per pound of forecast annual uranium production.1 The consistency of ore zones and uranium grade reported from this initial infill drilling campaign underpins our confidence in the upgrading potential of mineral resources from an inferred to an indicated category in the Dibwe East, but also indicates potential to extend the mineralized zone, especially to the southwest, beyond the initially interpreted ore boundary. Based on this very positive result we plan, during 2022, to complete the infill resource drilling Dibwe East as well as upgrade the previously completed process work to a feasibility study level of confidence. Having two mine permitted projects; Madaouela uranium project in Niger and the Mutanga Project, in Zambia – GoviEx has a strong project pipeline and is well positioned as we see the uranium market price improving toward its projected long-term trend.” Daniel Major, Chief Executive Officer, commented.
In addition to the infill drilling undertaken at Dibwe East, exploration drilling was completed on three trenches along strike and to the east of Dibwe East, an area that has previously shown anomalous uranium at surface. All three of these trenches reported uranium mineralisation, however after applying the disequilibrium factor of 0.67x the reported grades were below the resource cutoff. As much of the area along strike to the east of Dibwe East is not drilled, further exploration is warranted to test the potential for resource extension in that direction. The next stage of exploration is to undertake further work on the disequilibrium factor to assess its potential variability across the mineral resources.
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