Arrow Zone

Uranium exploration and development company NexGen Energy has announced that drilling is underway at its 100%-owned Arrow zone, Rook I property, which is located in the south-west part of Saskatchewan’s Athabasca Basin.

According to the company, the winter 2015 drill programme will use three diamond drill rigs, out of the two rigs currently being used at the Arrow zone.

The rigs will focus on the land-based, high-grade, basement-hosted uranium discovery exclusively.

NexGen will deploy the third drill rig around 15 January to target the north-east and south-west from Arrow along the Patterson Conductor Corridor, which is located 7km in strike length through the western section of Rook I.

Arrow can be drilled all year round and is located within the border of the Athabasca Basin, entirely on land, the company said.

"The rigs will focus on the land-based, high-grade, basement-hosted uranium discovery exclusively."

Hosting the Arrow zone is the EM conductor that trends to the north-east beneath shallow portions of Patterson Lake, which will be tested on the lake ice in winter.

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To further understand and model the geometries and controls on the high-grade uranium mineralisation, drill fence sections, scissors and vertical drill holes will be completed at the Arrow zone.

The Rook I property is said to be prospective in the immediate area of the Arrow discovery, as well as further along strike from Arrow, which is open for potential expansion in all directions and straddles the edge of the Athabasca Basin boundary.

Image: Rook I western section, Arrow discovery, Patterson Conductor Corridor. Photo: courtesy of NexGen.