2009 News Releases
Environmental Referral Documents Lodged for the Lake Maitland Project
November 19, 2009
Toronto, Canada, November 19, 2009 – Mega Uranium Ltd. (MGA-TSX) (“Mega”) is pleased to report that it has lodged formal referral documents with the Western Australian and Australian governments for the environmental assessment of its Lake Maitland uranium project in Western Australia.
The referral documents, submitted to the Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority and the Commonwealth Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, will enable the State and Federal governments to evaluate the project in order to determine the level of environmental assessment that will be applied in the development of the resource.
“Following the granting of our Mining Lease in October, the lodgement of the referrals documents is another major step in the approvals process for Lake Maitland, which is on schedule to commence uranium production in 2012,” Mega’s President, Stewart Taylor said.
The calcrete-style Lake Maitland deposit is located close to infrastructure in the Eastern Goldfields region of central Western Australia, 108 kilometers southeast of Wiluna.
At a 100ppm U3O8 cut-off, it contains a NI43-101-compliant Indicated Resource of 28.7 million tonnes grading 376ppm U3O8 (23.8Mlbs U3O8) and an Inferred Resource of 3.6 million tonnes grading 274ppm U3O8 (2.2Mlbs U3O8). The deposit is conducive to simple, low cost, open pit mining as it occurs in the form of a single, coherent, horizontal layer, 1-3 meters thick (average 1.7 meters), lying only 1-2 meters from surface. Due to the soft nature of the ore and overburden, drilling and blasting will not be required.
Under agreements signed in June 2009, the Japan Australia Uranium Resources Development Company Ltd (JAURD), through its subsidiary JAURD International Lake Maitland Pty. Ltd., and ITOCHU Corporation, through its subsidiary ITOCHU Minerals and Energy of Australia Pty. Ltd., can acquire an aggregate 35% interest in the Lake Maitland resource through staged payments totaling $US49 million. For further details refer to Mega’s news releases of February 27, 2009 and June 18, 2009.
Stewart Taylor, Mega’s President and Qualified Person under NI43-101, is responsible for this news release and has verified the contents disclosed.
About Mega Uranium
Mega Uranium Ltd. is a Toronto-based mineral resources company with a focus on uranium properties in Australia, Canada, Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia and Cameroon. Further information on Mega can be found on the company’s website at www.megauranium.com. Mega Uranium’s Ben Lomond and Maureen uranium resources are subject to a Queensland State Government policy that presently prohibits the mining of uranium.
For further information, please contact:
Mega Uranium Ltd.
Executive VP, Corporate Affairs
T: (416) 643-7630
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