DYL exploration license renewed
By Hilary Mare
THE Ministry of Mines and Energy has notified Deep Yellow Limited (DYL) of its preparedness to grant the renewal of Exploration Prospecting Licences (EPLs) 3496 and 3497 for a further two years, until 4 August 2021.
These EPLs comprise the 100% owned Reptile Project tenements that contain the bulk of the surficial calcrete resources of the Company located within the highly prospective Tumas palaeochannel (86Mlb U3O8 grading 306ppm) and the basement alaskite resources of 45.1Mlb grading 420ppm U3O8.
“As indicated in previous announcements the Reptile Project is the Company´s´ priority focus in Namibia where continued exploration and resource upgrade drilling work is being carried out successfully working toward achieving between 100 to 150Mlb U308 on the Deep Yellow tenements in the grade range 300 to 500ppm uranium,” John Borshoff, Managing Director and CEO of the mining company said this week.
In July, Deep Yellow Limited announced the completion of its successful capital raising and the reorganisation of its management structure in a bid to more effectively achieve on both planks of its recently stated dual strategy for growth.
Following Board approval for its FY20 program/budgets the firm also highlighted that it is about to embark on an important year in the development of the Company.
“We have entered an exciting stage in the development of our Company requiring diversification of activities both on our Namibian projects and focussed project generation activities to properly initiate our expansion efforts,” Borshoff said in July.
In an ASX release in June Deep Yellow also advised the objectives of its placement and share participation plan, outlining its intent to use the proceeds of the capital raising to fund short term working capital requirements to continue advancing the Company´s two-pronged growth strategy.
The firm’s strategy is to further expand the existing uranium resource base of its Namibian projects where its management has already delivered an impressive two fold increase to the overall calcrete related uranium resource base with much upside remaining to improve this even further; and to evaluate the best approach to advance its project acquisition growth strategy, taking advantage of the current uranium downturn.
“In relation to the second objective, the Company will explore various approaches for project expansion – the key component of its stated strategy,” the company said.
In a statement, the company also noted that the quality of the Deep Yellow management and leadership offers the Company attractive options to advance the development of a multi-project, globally diversified uranium platform.
“In this context some changes have become necessary in the management composition of the Namibian operations. This realignment will maintain the continued focus on the resource enhancement within the Namibian projects while allowing establishment of a new position to facilitate the advancement of the Reptile Project toward mining and, importantly, free up critical skill and expertise capacity to further the Company´s growth strategy,” Deep Yellow stated.
Recently, Deep Yellow advised that Dr Katrin Kärner, a highly experienced uranium geologist who has held the position of Manager – Training and Development (also covering HR and CSR) for the past 18 months, will become Exploration Manager – Namibia, effective 1 September 2019, with a structured 2 month transition period now in place.
Previously Katrin has worked in senior capacities both for Paladin Energy Limited and Deep Yellow Limited in the periods 2005 to 2009 and 2013 and is well suited to take on this role and responsibility. She completed her PhD on a Namibian project in 2006 gained from the Martin-Luther-University Halle- Wittenburg, Germany.