Denison Mines Corp. is pleased to announce the substantial completion of extensive metallurgical test work to define the mechanical components for the planned Phoenix processing plant (the “Phoenix Plant”), as part of the Feasibility Study (“FS”) underway for the Company’s 95% owned Wheeler River project (“Wheeler River” or the “Project”). In addition, the metallurgical program has confirmed the ability to produce a yellowcake product that meets industry standard ASTM C967-13 specifications (see below for details).
Metallurgical test work intended to define the mechanical components for the Phoenix Plant was initiated in April 2021 at the Saskatchewan Research Council (“SRC”) laboratories in Saskatoon. The test work consisted of bench-scale lab tests using uranium bearing solution (“UBS”) that was previously produced from lab-scale leaching of core samples from the Phoenix deposit. These samples are intended to be representative of what is expected to be recovered from the In-Situ Recovery (“ISR”) wellfield planned for the Phoenix deposit (see news release dated August 4, 2021).
Kevin Himbeault, Denison’s Vice President of Plant Operations & Regulatory Affairs, commented, “The comprehensive test work undertaken by the Denison team has demonstrated our ability to produce (i) a saleable uranium product utilizing a simplified chemical precipitation process and (ii) high–quality effluent for final discharge to the environment. This is a significant milestone from which we can continue to optimize the designs for the Phoenix Plant and further our de-risking of the overall Project as part of the FS.”
This press release constitutes a “designated news release” for the purposes of the Company’s prospectus supplement dated September 28, 2021 to its short form base shelf prospectus dated September 16, 2021.
The results of the metallurgical test work are highlighted by the following:
Additionally, the metallurgical test program has provided several important inputs for the FS processes underway in relation to the planned Phoenix Plant and ISR operation, including confirmation of the following:
Additionally, extensive test work has been completed in defining any potential elements of concern, required process components, reagents, and general operating parameters necessary to mitigate processing risks and ensure the production of a yellowcake product that meets industry standards. This has allowed for the significant progression of the plant and process designs for the FS.
Additional targeted metallurgical test work continues in the following areas:
The laboratory work for the 2022 Metallurgical Program to support the feasibility study is being carried out at the SRC Mineral Processing and Geoanalytical Laboratories in Saskatoon, under the supervision of Wood Canada Limited (see news release dated September 22, 2021).
ASTM C967-13 is a set of quality specifications applied to uranium ore concentrate that are generally recognized in the uranium industry for meeting requirements for refining and conversion to uranium hexafluoride and, therefore, a saleable product. Parties may, however, agree to less or more stringent specifications of product quality on a case by case basis.