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|Pancontinental Uranium Corporation: CUX Receives Charley Creek Alluvial Rare Earth Project Conceptual Flowsheet Report|
Press Release: Pancontinental Uranium Corporation – 12 hours ago
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire -03/27/12)- Pancontinental Uranium Corporation (the "Company") (TSX-V: PUC.V - News) is pleased to announce that its Joint Venture partner, Crossland Uranium Mines Limited issued the following press release in Australia on March 26, 2012:
Crossland is assessing the Charley Creek Alluvial REE Project along the northern edge of the West MacDonnell Ranges in Central Australia. Key to this project is the presence of the two preferred minerals for REE production, monazite for the Light REE, and Xenotime for the Heavy REE, in easily worked alluvial sand deposits. Crossland expects that it will be possible to produce high grade concentrates of these minerals using physical processes well understood in the mineral sands industry. It should be possible to capitalize on the availability of high grade concentrates to produce upgraded rare earth products on site.
Crossland has engaged a highly qualified metallurgical consultant to guide studies of processing options that may be applicable to the Charley Creek project. The consultant has provided a detailed review on the chemistry and process fundamentals for uranium and rare earths, and is supervising heavy mineral separation flowsheet development under way at Allied Mineral Laboratories in Perth.
The review presents a series of preliminary flowsheets covering the steps from run-of-mine ore through to refining of a monazite/xenotime concentrate and production of LREE and HREE products.
The report concludes with a series of recommendations for further resource development, metallurgical testwork, environmental studies, plant requirements and flowsheet development and provides valuable guidance to Crossland management and directors for the work program currently in progress at Charley Creek.
The review of exploration activities and results contained in this report are based on information compiled by Geoffrey S Eupene CP, a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. He is a director of Crossland Uranium Mines Limited and a full time employee of Eupene Exploration Enterprises Pty Ltd. He has sufficient experience which is relevant to the styles of mineralization and types of deposits under consideration, and to the activity which he is undertaking to qualify as a Competent Person as defined in the December 2004 edition of the Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves (the JORC Code). Geoffrey S Eupene has consented to the inclusion in this report of the matters based on this information in the form and context in which it appears.
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, Pancon has established one of the strongest management teams in the uranium industry. 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 uranium and REE exploration portfolio with projects in prolific, mining friendly districts.
Active exploration is ongoing at three Australian projects which include Chilling, Charley Creek, and Kalabity. 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. Charley Creek has the potential for large alluvial REE deposits, and large, lower-grade, Rossing-type, granite-hosted uranium deposits. The Kalabity project lies in a district of historic uranium/radium mining that contains a variety of known uranium deposit styles.
Pancon earned an initial 50% interest in this significant uranium and REE project portfolio with Crossland through the expenditure of AUD$8 million. In September 2011, due to prevailing poor financial market conditions, Pancon elected to conserve its cash and avoid having to raise additional funds at depressed share prices. As a result, Pancon ceased funding its 50% share of the Joint Venture expenditures until the end of 2011. Pancon expects its interest will be reduced by approximately 5%. According to the Joint Venture agreement, Pancon has the right to resume funding at any time to maintain its interest. 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
For additional information, please visit our website at www.PanconU.com.
Cautionary Language and Forward Looking Statements
This press release may contain "forward-looking statements", which are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and future events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. Investors are cautioned that such statements are not guarantees of future performance and results. Risks and uncertainties about the Company's business are more fully discussed in the Company's disclosure documents filed from time to time with the Canadian securities authorities.
Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
Pancontinental Uranium Corporation
President and CEO
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