Denison Mines Corp. (TSX: DML) (NYSE American: DNN) filed its Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements and Management’s Discussion & Analysis for the quarter ended June 30, 2022. Both documents will be available on the Company’s website at www.denisonmines.com, SEDAR (at www.sedar.com) and EDGAR (at www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml). The highlights provided below are derived from these documents and should be read in conjunction with them. All amounts in this release are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise stated.
David Cates, President and CEO of Denison commented, “During the second quarter, Denison capitalized on rising uranium prices with the sale of the Company’s share of Canadian-origin production received from the successful SABRE mining test completed by the McClean Lake Joint Venture (‘MLJV’) in 2021. The SABRE test resulted in the production of over 175,000 lbs U3O8. By comparison, this test production represents over eight times the total mine production of uranium reported in the United States for 2021 – highlighting the importance of new sources of low-cost Canadian uranium supply as the global uranium market grapples with sanctions and self-sanctioning against Russian uranium supplies and progresses towards a geopolitical bifurcation where product origin could be crucial.
The Company’s flagship Wheeler River development project is well positioned to respond to global demand for Canadian-origin uranium, and our efforts through the second quarter have produced several key developments that have advanced the project – namely, the receipt of regulatory approval from the Province of Saskatchewan to carry out the Feasibility Field Test planned for the Phoenix deposit and the achievement of key metallurgical milestones to define the components necessary for the Phoenix processing plant and confirm our ability to produce a saleable yellowcake. We were also pleased to report the execution of two important agreements with Kineepik Métis Local #9 (‘KML’) for (i) Denison’s exploration and evaluation activities within KML’s land and occupancy area, and (ii) the co-development of an agreement related to the advancement of the proposed Phoenix In-Situ Recovery (‘ISR’) uranium mining operation.
During the second half of the year, we are anticipating the completion of ISR field testing initiated at Wheeler River during the first quarter of the year and the transition of our efforts to focus on the preparation, construction, and operation of the Phoenix FFT. From a regulatory standpoint, we are approaching the submission of our draft Environmental Impact Statement for Wheeler River, which is expected to represent a key accomplishment in the environmental assessment and permitting process. On the exploration side, we will be participating in partner-operated programs and are planning to complete regional exploration drilling programs at Wheeler River and Waterbury Lake.”
Denison Mines Corp. was formed under the laws of Ontario and is a reporting issuer in all Canadian provinces and territories.
Denison is a uranium exploration and development company with interests focused in the Athabasca Basin region of northern Saskatchewan, Canada. The Company has an effective 95% interest in its flagship Wheeler River Uranium Project, which is the largest undeveloped uranium project in the infrastructure rich eastern portion of the Athabasca Basin region of northern Saskatchewan. A Pre-Feasibility Study (‘PFS’) was completed for Wheeler River in late 2018, considering the potential economic merit of developing Phoenix as an ISR operation and the Gryphon deposit as a conventional underground mining operation. Denison’s interests in Saskatchewan also include a 22.5% ownership interest in the MLJV, which includes several uranium deposits and the McClean Lake uranium mill, which is contracted to process the ore from the Cigar Lake mine under a toll milling agreement, plus a 25.17% interest in the Midwest Main and Midwest A deposits and a 67.01% interest in the Tthe Heldeth Túé (‘THT’, formerly J Zone) and Huskie deposits on the Waterbury Lake property. The Midwest Main, Midwest A, THT and Huskie deposits are located within 20 kilometres of the McClean Lake mill.
Through its 50% ownership of JCU (Canada) Exploration Company Limited, Denison holds additional interests in various uranium project joint ventures in Canada, including the Millennium project (JCU, 30.099%), the Kiggavik project (JCU, 33.8118%) and Christie Lake (JCU, 34.4508%).
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