VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 07/02/13 -- Alpha Minerals Inc. ("Alpha" or "the Company") (TSX VENTURE: AMW)(FRANKFURT: E2GA) and its 50% Patterson Lake South ("PLS") Joint Venture partner Fission Uranium Corp. are pleased to announce that all necessary permits for a planned $6.95 million summer drill program have been received. Work is expected to start in early July at the PLS property, located in the southwest region of Saskatchewan's Athabasca Basin.
This drill program will use two diamond drill rigs and a reverse circulation ("RC") drill rig,and follows the successful winter program that discovered high-grade uranium in three separate zones along approximately 840 m strike length of the PL-3B electromagnetic (EM) conductor. The PL-3B EM conductor and other EM conductors within the Patterson Corridor are also flagged by a series of radon anomalies, several of which remain to be tested by drilling.
The equipment combination of a RC drill rig for pre-collaring drill holes and two diamond drill core rigs to drill bedrock will be mounted on barges and used to define further the extent of the R390E and R780E zones as well as testing additional targets in the Patterson Lake Corridor. These additional targets were identified during an extension to the same radon survey that aided with the first discovery holes at the R390E and R780E zones at PLS and include the strongest radon value in water anomaly to date on the property on line 950E (see news release dated May 6, 2013). Further definition drilling of the discovery zone on land, R00E, is also planned.
Bryson Drilling Ltd. and Northspan Explorations Ltd. have been awarded the core drill and RC drill contracts respectively. Barges and core drills have been mobilized to the site and assembled. The remaining equipment is expected to be on site by early July.
Gamma radiometric surveys are planned for completed drill holes. A Mount Sopris 2GHF-1000 Triple Gamma probe will be used for these surveys. This probe can measure the higher radioactivity due to high grade mineralized zones with good precision.
Split core samples from the mineralized sections of core will be taken continuously through the mineralized intervals and submitted to SRC Geoanalytical Laboratories (an SCC ISO/IEC 17025: 2005 Accredited Facility) of Saskatoon for analysis, which includes U3O8 (wt %) and fire assay for gold. All samples sent for analysis will include a 63 element ICP-OES analysis. Assay results will be released after review of data received.
Other additional work during this summer program will include establishing an environmental base line study in order to have independent data recovered over a sufficient time period for future environmental reporting purposes. Sampling for the purpose of characterizing the metallurgy of the zones is being considered.
Key Program Information
-- It is anticipated that approximately 11,000 m of drilling (44-hole program) will be accomplished using two diamond-core drill rigs and a RC rig and three barges.-- The priority will be to test for continued expansive delineation of the three high grade uranium mineralized zones discovered in the 2013 winter program. -- Approximately 40 holes testing for the delineation of the 3 high- grade uranium zones (R00E, R390E and R780E) -- 4 holes are proposed for testing other targets along trend both NE and SW of known zones, including recently identified radon anomalies