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Athabasca is currently developing major projects located in Western Canada, with a goal of meeting increased demand for industrial minerals.

Richardson Granite / Dolomite

Location

North of Fort McMurray, Alberta within the Wood Buffalo region of North East Alberta    

Access

Via Highway 63, and is near water and power sources

Size

60,966 Hectares

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.
Richardson Granite / Dolomite

Firebag Frac Sand

Location

North of Fort McMurray, Alberta within the Wood Buffalo region of North East Alberta.

Access

Via Highway 63, and is near water and power sources

Size

80 acres approved, 420 acres in application

AMI Silica

www.amisilica.com

The Corporation’s silica sand deposit “Firebag Project” is located 95 km north of Fort McMurray and is accessible via Highway 63. The planned operation is for the production of industrial proppants for use in the hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells. Independent testing by both Stim Lab and Proptester confirmed a high-quality product with crush strength meeting or exceeding American Petroleum Institute and International Standards Organization standards for frac sand. A Preliminary Economic Assessment (“PEA”) confirmed that the Corporation’s Firebag Project has considerable potential for development as a frac sand resource, which includes the potential for a large, highly economical deposit with high margin, rapid payback and 25 years of open pit mining. The PEA was prepared by Norwest Corporation (“Norwest”), headquartered in Calgary, Alberta. As silica sand demand continues to increase, Athabasca Minerals has focused on establishing what will be needed to bring product from its Firebag asset to market in an effort to capitalize on the renewed increase in silica sand demand.
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