Canada

Rabbit Lake (Eagle Point) Mine

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Overview

Mine TypeUnderground
StatusCare and Maintenance
Commodities
  • Uranium
Mining Method
  • Blast Hole Stoping
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SnapshotDue to market conditions, Cameco suspended production at Rabbit Lake during the second quarter of 2016.

In 2024, Cameco will continue to provide care and maintenance related to the production shutdown at Rabbit Lake mine and mill.

In October 2023, the CNSC granted a 15-year renewal of the operating licence for Rabbit Lake, extending the licence term to October 2038.

Owners

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CompanyInterestOwnership
Cameco Corp. 100 % Indirect
Rabbit Lake is 100% owned by Cameco Corp.

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Deposit type

  • Unconformity related

Summary:

The Rabbit Lake Operation lies within the eastern border of the Athabasca Basin, in the Churchill Province of the Canadian Shield. The present-day landscape is dominated by landforms from the last episode of continental glaciation, which moved in a north/north-east direction. The geology of the Project area is comprised of three major components: surficial deposits, Athabasca sandstone and basement rock. In the vicinity of the Project, the combined thickness of surficial sediments (deposited during the Quaternary period) ranges from approximately five to 20 m with boulder lag seen throughout much of the area where surficial till has been eroded and finer-grained silty sands typically deposited in the lower lying areas. Sandstone in the area belongs to the lower Manitou Falls Formation of the Middle Proterozoic Athabasca Group. The sandstone unconformably overlies the crystalline basement rocks.

Eagle Point Uranium deposits are located on the eastern edge of the Athabasca Basin, and are part of the Rabbit Lake Uranium district, which also includes the Rabbit Lake and Collins Bay deposits.

Uranium mineralization at Eagle Point occurs in lenses, pods, and veins which are both concordant and discordant to the metamorphic stratigraphy, and are distributed through a stratigraphic thickness of at least 300 m.

The mineralization at Eagle Point is structurally controlled, occurring as fault- or fracture-fillings and as impregnations into altered paragneisses and pegmatoid rocks. The total strike length of mineralized rock is about 1000 m. The main mineralized zones generally have a total vertical width of approximately 90 m, in places ranging up to about 250 m. Mineralization extends to a vertical depth of at least 360 m below the present bedrock surface.

The Eagle Point deposits occur entirely within Wollaston Group rocks of Aphebian age. They are essentially structurally controlled, and are remarkably similar to each other in their simple mineralogy, consisting essentially of uranium oxide. Nickel, arsenic, cobalt, boron and other metals, which are characteristically present in typical unconformity-type deposits and which are contaminants as far as processing is concerned, are essentially absent.

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Comminution

Crushers and Mills

Milling equipment has not been reported.

Processing

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Production

CommodityUnits20162015
All production numbers are expressed as U3O8.

Production Costs

Commodity production costs have not been reported.

Heavy Mobile Equipment

Fleet data has not been reported.

Personnel

Mine Management

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