Northwest Athabasca Joint Venture

Northwest Athabasca Joint Venture

Ownership:Forum 39.25%; NexGen 28.25%; Cameco 20%: AREVA 12.5%
Stage:Historical resource; numerous showings, highly prospective for finding additional high-grade mineralization.
Size:10,161 HA, and includes the Maurice Bay deposit
Location &
The Maurice Bay area of Lake Athabasca is located immediately east of the Alberta-Saskatchewan provincial boundary, and is 75 km west of Uranium City. It is accessible by float or ski-equipped aircraft, barge or boat from Lake Athabasca, and by winter road across the ice on Lake Athabasca.
Regional SignificanceThe project has been explored since 1970 with the discovery of numerous radioactive boulder trains. One of the largest trains was followed to its source leading to the discovery of the Maurice Bay deposit in 1976. Numerous shallow targets for basement and sandstone-hosted unconformity style mineralization are under-explored or untested, which further demonstrates a high potential for discovering high-grade deposits.
Proximity to
Property includes the Includes the Maurice Bay deposit, which was discovered in 1976. It contains a historical resource of 1 . 5 million pounds uranium grading 0.6% U3O8 (not NI-43-101 compliant*) to a depth of 50 m. (Saskatchewan Industry and Resources, Miscellaneous Report 2003-7).


  • Numerous untested gravity and structural targets with EM conductors are present, along with several radioactive boulder trains with no identified source. The shallow sandstone cover and existing widespread mineralization continue to make this a highly prospective project.

Work Programs for 2017

  • A 2017 soil/till sampling program to investigate  potential boron anomalies down-ice of the gravity targets for prioritizing new  targets for future drilling was completed. The basement-hosted mineralized zones of Otis, Barney and Opie all had strong boron signatures in the sandstones overlying the showings.

Historical Work

  • *The Maurice Bay historical resource estimate was completed prior to the implementation of National Instrument 43-101. Given the extensive exploration work completed by experienced mineral resource companies, and the quality of the historical work completed, the Company believes the historical estimate to be relevant and reliable. However, a qualified person has not completed sufficient work to verify and classify the historical estimate as a current mineral resource, and the Company is not treating the historical estimate as a current mineral resource. Hence, the estimate should not be relied upon. It should be noted that mineral resources, which are not mineral reserves, do not have demonstrated economic viability. The technical information in this news release has been prepared in accordance with the Canadian regulatory requirements set out in NI 43-101 and reviewed by Ken Wheatley, P. Geo. (Saskatchewan and Nunavut), Vice President, Exploration for Forum Energy Metals., a qualified person under NI 43-101. Two areas of basement mineralization were intersected, Zone 1A with 6m of 5.64% U3O8 and Zone 2A with 5.68% U3O8 over 8.5m.
  • From 2003 to 2007, Cameco conducted a series of airborne and ground geophysical surveys, culminating in a 10-hole diamond drill program in 2008
  • Forum Energy Metals became the operator of the project in 2011 and conducted a ground gravity survey on the central part of the project.
  • Diamond drill programs were completed during the period 2012-15, which resulted in new basement-hosted uranium discoveries named Opie, Barney and Otis West. An intersection of 0.152% U3O8 over 39.5 m was noted in NWA-63 at a downhole depth from 130.5 to 170m.

Maps & Figures

Figure 1 Maurice Bay Project: Targets outlined by geophysical work- The blue colours represent gravity lows, the reds are gravity highs. There are numerous untested gravity lows on the project.

Figure 2 Soil Sample Results on NWA Project: The contours are the gravity survey with the orange fill being the anomalously low areas. Results extend onto Forum’s adjoining Maurice Point Project.

Photo 1: Off-scale mineralization from basement rocks drilled by Forum in one of the basement-hosted high-grade zones (Zone 1A) on the Northwest Athabasca project. This sample returned 2.85% U3O8 over 50cm.


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