Skyharbour owns a 100% interest in the 3,473 hectare (8,582 acre) Mann Lake Uranium Project located in the eastern Athabasca Basin in northern Saskatchewan. It is strategically located 25 km southwest of the McArthur River Mine, the largest high-grade uranium deposit in the world, and 15 km to the northeast along strike of Cameco's Millennium uranium deposit.
The Mann Lake property is also adjacent to the Mann Lake Joint Venture operated by Cameco (52.5%) with partners Denison Mines (30%) and Orano (formerly AREVA) (17.5%). Recently, Denison Mines acquired International Enexco and its 30% interest on the project after the 2014 winter drill program discovered high-grade, basement-hosted uranium mineralization. The drill program intersected 2.31% eU3O8 Over 5.1 metres including 10.92% eU3O8 Over 0.4 metres (see International Enexco News Release dated March 10th 2014).
Skyharbour carried out a ground-based EM survey in 2014 focused on a zone where a favourable, 2 km long aeromagnetic low coincides with possible basement conductor trends indicated by prior EM surveys. The survey was successful in confirming the presence of a broad, NE-SW trending corridor of conductive basement rocks which are probably graphitic metapelites.
Skyharbour's Mann Lake Uranium Project has seen over $3 million of previous exploration expenditures including recent geophysics and two diamond drill programs totaling 5,400 metres carried out by Triex in 2006 and 2008. The geophysical surveys identified basement conductors and structural corridors containing reactivated basement faults. These features trend onto the adjacent ground held by Cameco. The 2006 drill program intersected a 4.5 metre wide zone of anomalous boron (up to 1,758 ppm) in the sandstone immediately above the unconformity in hole MN06-005. Boron enrichment is common at the McArthur River uranium mine, and along with illite and chlorite alteration, is a key pathfinder element for uranium deposits in the Basin. In the same drill hole, an altered basement gneissic rock with abundant clay, chlorite, hematite and calc-silicate minerals was intersected about 7.6 metres below the unconformity, and contained anomalous uranium up to 73.6 ppm over a 1.5 metre interval. Background uranium values are commonly between 1 and 5 ppm.
Jordan Trimble, President and CEO of Skyharbour, stated: “This acquisition enhances Skyharbour’s portfolio of Athabasca uranium projects and complements the Company’s flagship Western Athabasca Syndicate Project. The Mann Lake Uranium Project boasts highly prospective geology and geochemistry, and a robust discovery potential as identified by the historic work consisting of over $3 million in exploration expenditures, with additional work recommended on a number of untested targets. Of particular note is the property’s strategic location southwest of the McArthur River Mine and adjacent to Cameco’s Mann Lake Joint Venture. Skyharbour’s management believes this is an accretive deal for the Company’s shareholders as we bolster our exposure to uranium on the east side of the Basin and add another catalyst to supplement our ongoing Syndicate work program in the Patterson Lake region on the west side of the Basin.”
Historical Exploration on the Mann Lake Property:
In 1977, the Mann Lake property was staked by SMDC as part of the larger Cree Extension Project. SMDC conducted exploration work almost continuously with various joint venture partners until 1989. A regional hydrothermal corridor containing illite, dravite (boron) and chlorite alteration minerals was defined in the mid 1990's based on the analysis of thousands of samples of drill core and surface boulders from the Cree Extension Project. The Mann Lake property is ideally situated in the heart of this corridor. The property was optioned by Uranium Power Corp. and Pacific Amber Resources Ltd., who in 1999 conducted a reconnaissance, fixed loop TEM survey which detected four anomalies thought to indicate possible basement conductors. In 2005, Triex optioned the property from Consolidated Abaddon (now Aben Resources) and undertook a detailed ground geophysical survey to further delineate drill targets. In 2006, a first phase diamond drill program consisting of five holes was completed totaling 3,510 metres. Pervasive illite clay alteration was intersected over 90 metres of sandstone immediately above the unconformity in hole MN06-002. A 4.5 metre wide zone of anomalous boron (up to 1,758 ppm), was intersected in sandstone immediately above the unconformity which occurs at 631 metres in hole MN06-005. In the same hole, an altered basement gneissic rock with abundant clay, chlorite, hematite and calc-silicate minerals was intersected 7.6 metres below the unconformity and was found to contain anomalous uranium (up to 73.6 ppm) over a 1.5 metre interval. Background uranium values are between 1 and 5 ppm. Both drill holes were located near an east-west fault. A follow-up diamond drilling program consisting of 1,877 metres in three holes was completed in 2008 and a number of identified targets have yet to be drill tested.
Richard Kusmirski, P.Geo, M.Sc., geologist for Skyharbour is the Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and has approved the technical information on this website.