North of Fort McMurray, Alberta within the Wood Buffalo region of North East Alberta
Via Highway 63, and is near water and power sources
This potential mega quarry is located approximately 70 km north of the Susan Lake Gravel pit and 130 km north of Fort McMurray. It contains high quality dolomite and granite. During fiscal 2012, the Corporation identified a granite outcrop at the Richardson Project that is accessible by winter road. During Q1 2013, initial drilling in this area was performed and in-house testing of samples was conducted. The drilling program encountered granite and dolomite confirming that granite extends beyond the granite outcrop.
In March 2014, the Corporation announced the completion of a winter drilling program at the Richardson Project. All holes successfully cored the dolomite and all but one intersected the granite basement rocks. Detailed core logging and sampling has been completed at Athabasca’s Edmonton facility. Samples were then tested at a major independent testing lab in Calgary and were found suitable as aggregate for use in concrete, asphalt and road base.
The Richardson project consists of 8 mineral permits totaling 150,650 acres (60,966 ha). Apex Geoscience of Edmonton, Alberta has completed the National Instrument 43-101 F1 technical resource report on the project. On June 9, 2015, management released the results announcing an initial inferred crushed rock aggregate resource estimate of 683,000,000 tonnes with thickness ranging from 8.3m to 47.9m averaging 39.5m.
The granite is estimated at 165 million tonnes. The material meets requirements for aggregate designations as per the Alberta Transportation and Construction Builders Association guidelines.