Laramide Resources (TSX:LAM) Discovers New Uranium Zones at Westmoreland Project

Figure 1: Long Pocket and Black Hills Drilling 2023. Source:…


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Figure 1: Long Pocket and Black Hills Drilling 2023. Source: Laramide Resources Ltd.

Laramide Resources (TSX:LAM) has announced the results from its 2023 drilling campaign at the Westmoreland Uranium Project in northwest Queensland, Australia. Laramide completed over 4,000 meters of diamond drilling across 40 holes at four target areas named Amphitheatre, Long Pocket, Black Hills and Huarabagoo. Assay results were recently received for the Long Pocket and Black Hills areas after extended delays at the analytical laboratories.

Laramide’s President and CEO Marc Henderson commented in a press release: “We are pleased to have received more positive results from our 2023 drilling campaign at Westmoreland, which was completed in October. The results are highly encouraging because they lend confidence that the Westmoreland Project has the potential to expand the uranium mineralisation with satellite deposits additional to the known 51.9Mlb Mineral Resources. The consistency of today’s results supports our plans to begin modelling a maiden resource at the Long Pocket area in 2024. This ‘Long Pocket area’ includes Black Hills to the north and the newly discovered U-Valley to the south. The latest results include significant grade from Black Hills which warrants further investigation and will be a priority for the 2024 field season. The 2024 exploration plans include validation and qualification of historical work, completed in the 1970s by Rio Tinto’s predecessors.”

The objective of this drilling was to explore potential extensions of known uranium mineralization at Long Pocket ahead of Laramide’s plans to establish a maiden mineral resource estimate for the area in 2024. Additional holes investigated potential extensions of mineralization towards the Black Hills uranium prospect located 1.5 km northeast of Long Pocket. Historical exploration in these areas was conducted by companies including QML, Rio Tinto and Laramide.

At the Black Hills prospect, Laramide discovered multiple new zones of uranium mineralization from previously undrilled areas at the southern end of the broad, 1.5 by 1.0 km east-west trending airborne radiometric anomaly.

The 15 exploration holes at Long Pocket tested for northerly and northeasterly extensions to the flat-lying uranium mineralization. Results from drill holes LP23DD-002, -008 and -011 presented step outs of over 100 meters from known shallow mineralization. Holes LP23DD-006 and -015 suggest the potential for a mineralized corridor towards the Black Hills prospect which requires further investigation.

Reconnaissance sampling earlier in 2023 at Laramide’s U-Valley prospect returned significant rock chip assays up to 1.49% U3O8 over two sub-parallel, approximately 200-meter-long east-west trending zones. While grab samples are discrete point data, the outcropping uranium mineralization will be a priority target for follow-up work in 2024.

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Figure 2: Westmoreland Project showing key uranium deposits/Targets. Source: Laramide Resources Ltd.

Highlights from the results are as follows:

2023 Drilling campaign included 15 holes at Long Pocket and 3 holes at Black Hills uranium prospects.

  • All Black Hills exploration drill holes return significant mineralisation:
    • BH23DD001 – 3.0m @ 259ppm U3O8 from 29m depth
    • BH23DD001 – 6.05m @ 218ppm U3O8 from 120.12m depth
      • Including 0.98m@ 505ppm U3O8 from 120.12m
    • BH23DD002 – 2.0m @ 591 ppm (0.06%) U3O8 from 209m
      • Including 0.9m @ 1154ppm U3O8 from 210.1m
    • BH23DD003 – 3.0m @ 1844ppm (0.18%) U3O8 from 88m
      • Including 2.00m @ 2671ppm (0.27%) U3O8 from 89m
  • Assay results from Long Pocket confirm that shallow uranium mineralisation continues to the north-east:
    • LP23DD002 – 1.0m @ 545ppm U3O8 from 42.0m
    • LP23DD006 – 0.68m @ 980ppm U3O8 from 81.0m
    • LP23DD008 – 0.73m @ 149ppm U3O8 from 4.93m
    • LP23DD011 – 0.96m @ 109ppm U3O8 from 21.54m
    • LP23DD015 – 1.02m @ 692ppm U3O8 from 51.9m
  • Rock chips from U-Valley prospect return up to 1.49% U3O8
  • Long Pocket maiden resource modelling planned for 2024

Three scout holes at the Black Hills Prospect were drilled in 2023, each intercepting multiple zones of mineralisation with results including:

  • BH23DD001 – 3.0m @ 259ppm U3O8 from 29m depth
  • BH23DD001 – 0.98m@ 505ppm U3O8 from 120.12m
  • BH23DD002 – 2.0m @ 591 ppm (0.06%) U3O8 from 209m
    • Including 0.9m @ 1154ppm (0.12%) U3O8 from 210.1m
  • BH23DD003 – 3.0m @ 1844ppm (0.18%) U3O8 from 88m
    • Including 2.00m @ 2671ppm (0.27%) U3O8 from 89m
  • LP23DD002 – 1.0m @ 545ppm U3O8 from 42.0m
  • LP23DD006 – 0.68m @ 980ppm U3O8 from 81.0m
  • LP23DD008 – 0.73m @ 149ppm U3O8 from 4.93m
  • LP23DD011 – 0.96m @ 109ppm U3O8 from 21.54m
  • LP23DD015 – 1.02m @ 692ppm U3O8 from 51.9m
The above references an opinion and is for information purposes only. It is not intended to be investment advice. Seek a licensed professional for investment advice. The author is not an insider or shareholder of any of the companies mentioned above.



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