- Alligator preparations for its inaugural drilling program on its most advanced uranium prospect at TCC4 in the Alligator River Uranium Province (ARUP) are well advanced;
- TCC4 represents an outstanding untested uranium target with a large strong coherent pathfinder anomaly, significant SAM geophysical anomaly indicative of alteration, and favourable stratigraphy of the Cahill Formation unconformably concealed by the sandstone sequence;
- Drilling contractor mobilising to site late this week with drilling commencing before end of month on ~3,000 metre program;
- All stakeholder approvals have been received, and Alligator's Myra Camp and main access tracks have been opened, and drill pad construction is underway;
- Exploration team established, including local indigenous employees;
- Funds for drilling approved by shareholders at EGM held on 16th August.
At an EGM of shareholders on Thursday 16th August, shareholders overwhelmingly approved the placement for $1.75M of shares to institutional and high net worth clients of BW Equities Pty Ltd (refer ASX announcement Thursday 16th August). With the recent increased interest in the uranium market and uranium equities, and the excess demand from the recent Rights Issue, the Board determined it was the right time to re-capitalise the Company to enable drilling of our primary uranium target during this dry season.
Alligator's Acting CEO Greg Hall commented; "We are pleased our shareholders agreed with our view that this placement opportunity represents immediate value in on-ground drilling work this year on our primary target in the Alligator Rivers Uranium Province. Alligator has advanced the TCC4 prospect to a drill-ready stage, with several years of undercover pathfinder work to determine the most likely locations for mineralisation beneath the sandstone cover."
"Our exploration team has been on the ground for some weeks opening up the camp and dry season tracks as part of our existing Agreements. This work is now being rapidly extended to drill site preparation, with drill rig mobilisation anticipated shortly."
Drilling plan for TCC4 Prospect
Alligator Energy has the second largest exploration tenement holding in the uranium prospective Arnhem Land / Alligator Rivers region. After several years of work, the TCC4 prospect in the ARUP (refer location Figure 1 in link below) contains the most advanced quality uranium target outlined by the Company's proprietary pathfinder and modified SAM undercover exploration techniques (together our exploration IP). The location is adjacent to other uranium occurrences drilled by Alligator and others in previous exploration.
AGE believes the TCC4 prospect represents the best complete undercover target with close similarities to the major uranium deposits of the Alligator Rivers Uranium province. While uranium prospects occurring at surface may have been eroded over time, those which may exist under the sandstone cover have the best chance of being complete and of economic size.
A significant track drilling program is required to test the concept, and a 2,400 to 3,000 metre drilling program is planned.
At a recent exploration planning workshop, Alligator's geologists, consultants and exploration experienced Board members reviewed the full status of work compiled on TCC4 to date and the recommended drilling locations. In particular, Alligator recently completed an up to date reprocessing of the original raw SAM data using the latest data processing techniques. This has re-affirmed the SAM targeting, and clearly showed the less resistive zones indicative of alteration patterns seen from major uranium deposits in the area. The data was reviewed along with the existing geochemical pathfinder results to aid in finalising drill targeting.
The planned drill program consists of up to 10 holes, varying from 250 to 400 metres deep, within four preferred lines. The exploration team will undertake rapid and ongoing evaluation of geology, lithology and any mineralisation encountered during drilling to enable real-time modification of the program based on results. Drilling will be a combination of RC pre-collars through the main part of the sandstone cover, with diamond cored tails through the target horizons.
Figure 2 in link below shows the highlighted SAM conductor geophysics, isotope anomaly envelope and the four preferred drill lines.
Alligator personnel have recently re-opened the company's Myra drilling camp in Arnhem Land and main access tracks. This work is a condition of our local Traditional Owner agreements and was planned to be undertaken. Additional work on track extensions and drill pad preparation is now underway.
Necessary equipment, fuel and exploration personnel have been engaged and mobilised to site.
BW Equities Placement
At an EGM of shareholders on Thursday 16th August, shareholders overwhelmingly approved the placement for $1.75M of shares to institutional and high net worth clients of BW Equities Pty Ltd. With the recent increased interest in the uranium market and uranium equities, and the excess demand from the recent Rights Issue, the Board determined it was the right time to re-capitalise the Company to enable drilling of our primary uranium target during this dry season.
The placement has been targeted to strategic and institutional clients, and high net worth clients of BW Equities, and other supporters of the company. BW Equities will be paid a 2% management fee, 4% capital raising fee and will be granted 20M AGEO listed options. New shares and options will be issued on Thursday 23rd August.
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About Alligator Energy Ltd
Alligator Energy Ltd (ASX:AGE) is an Australian, ASX-listed, exploration company focused on uranium and energy related minerals, principally cobalt-nickel.
Alligator's Directors have significant experience in the exploration, development and operations of both uranium and nickel projects (both laterites and sulphides).
ContactMr Greg Hall
Executive Director and CEO
Alligator Energy Ltd
Mr Mike Meintjes
Alligator Energy Ltd