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Ucore Increases Bokan Mineral Resource with Critical Co-Products

Halifax, Nova Scotia–(Newsfile Corp. – October 15, 2019) – Ucore Rare Metals Inc. (TSXV: UCU) (OTCQX: UURAF) (“Ucore” or “the Company”) is pleased to announce an upgraded mineral resource (“Resource” or “Mineral Resource”) estimate for the Bokan Dotson-Ridge Rare Earth Project in Southeast Alaska (“Bokan” or the “Bokan Project”). The upgrade to the Resource incorporates six additional critical co-product metals (as defined by the U.S. Federal Government)[1] not previously considered in mineral resource and economic estimates (collectively, the “Critical Co-Products“).

Using a total rare earth oxide (“TREO”) cut-off grade of 0.40 percent, an additional 38.5 thousand tonnes of the critical and strategic metals, including niobium (Nb), zirconium (Zr), beryllium (Be), hafnium (Hf), titanium (Ti), and vanadium (V) have now been added to the Resource at Bokan. This development is a result of an independent metallurgical assessment by Mr. Ed Bentzen; followed by an update to the geologic model by Mr. Jim Robinson of Aurora Geosciences (Alaska) Ltd. (“Aurora”).

“We’re pleased to announce this important Resource upgrade as Ucore continues its development of the Bokan Project towards shovel ready status,” said Jim McKenzie, President & CEO of Ucore. “The completion of these initial studies continues to add momentum towards our ultimate goal of installing Bokan’s unique surface and underground mine facility, and the construction of the planned Alaska Strategic Metals Complex [the “Alaska SMC”] in Ketchikan, Alaska, as defined in our M3 Plan of Action.”

“Not only are these ancillary metals valuable augmenting components of the Bokan Resource, they’re among a select group of metals now earmarked by the U.S. Government as critically required by domestic growth industries,” said Mike Schrider, Ucore’s COO. “This Resource update now permits us to proceed with calculations affecting the value added economics of the Bokan Project. Many thanks to Ucore major shareholder, Orca Holdings LLC, of Alaska for investing its time and finances to underwrite these important Resource upgrade initiatives. These metals, combined with Bokan’s already impressive basket of critical HREE’s, make for an even more compelling strategic asset on U.S. soil.”

A summary of the upgraded resource estimate is as follows:

Table 1: Indicated Resource (including Sensitivity Analysis) – upgraded tonnage
(
TREO are May 11, 2015 values):

TREO
CUT-OFF
TONNES Nb
(Tonnes)
Zr
(Tonnes)
Be
(Tonnes)
Hf
(Tonnes)
TiO2
(Tonnes)
V
(Tonnes)
TREO
(Tons)
0.20 5,786,500 2,435 10,680 259 214 20,831 535 35,209
0.30 5,411,900 2,371 9,933 251 198 19,862 515 34,183
0.40 4,787,900 2,205 9,001 231 178 17,715 464 31,772
0.50 3,532,900 1,774 6,910 185 137 13,354 367 25,430
0.60 2,110,100 1,186 4,341 121 85 7,850 222 16,863

 

Table 2: Inferred Resource (including Sensitivity Analysis) – upgraded tonnage
(
TREO are May 11, 2015 values):

TREO
CUT-OFF
TONNES Nb
(Tonnes)
Zr
(Tonnes)
Be
(Tonnes)
Hf
(Tonnes)
TiO2
(Tonnes)
V
(Tonnes)
TREO
(Tons)
0.20 1,200,100 533 2,265 52 43 5,112 127 7,467
0.30 1,136,400 521 2,125 51 40 4,955 125 7,316
0.40 1,050,000 493 1,992 48 37 4,652 118 6,979
0.50 820,400 407 1,607 39 29 3,716 95 5,833
0.60 507,300 271 1,070 23 19 2,359 56 3,954

 

Table 3: Indicated Resource (including Sensitivity Analysis) – grades
(
TREO are May 11, 2015 values):

TREO
CUT-OFF
TONNES Nb
(PPM)
Zr
(PPM)
Be
(PPM)
Hf
(PPM)
TiO2
(%)
V
(PPM)
TREO
(%)
0.20 5,786,500 421 1,846 45 37 0.360 92 0.552
0.30 5,411,900 438 1,835 46 37 0.367 95 0.573
0.40 4,787,900 460 1,880 48 37 0.370 97 0.602
0.50 3,532,900 502 1,956 52 39 0.378 104 0.653
0.60 2,110,100 562 2,057 57 40 0.372 105 0.725

 

Table 4: Inferred Resource (including Sensitivity Analysis) – grades
(
TREO are May 11, 2015 values):

TREO
CUT-OFF
TONNES Nb
(PPM)
Zr
(PPM)
Be
(PPM)
Hf
(PPM)
TiO2
(%)
V
(PPM)
TREO
(%)
0.20 1,200,100 444 1,887 44 36 0.426 106 0.567
0.30 1,136,400 459 1,870 45 35 0.436 110 0.584
0.40 1,050,000 470 1,897 46 35 0.443 112 0.603
0.50 820,400 496 1,959 47 36 0.453 115 0.645
0.60 507,300 534 2,110 46 38 0.465 111 0.707

 

Notes:

(i) The mineral resource estimate was completed by Mr. Jim Robinson, a Senior Consulting Geologist at Aurora. Mr. Robinson is an independent qualified person for the purposes of NI 43-101 standards of disclosure for mineral projects of the Canadian Securities Administrators and has verified the data disclosed in this release.

(ii) The resource estimate is based on:

  1. A database of 97 diamond drill holes totaling 20,000 m and 56 surface channels totaling 200 m. This diamond drilling and channel sampling was completed by Ucore in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2014 on the Dotson Ridge zone.
  2. All geochemical analyses were performed by ALS Chemex, Eco-tech Laboratories Ltd., Bureau Veritas (ACME Analytical), and Activation Laboratories.
  3. The specific gravity (SG) used is the overall mean of 2.77, determined from 141 SG readings.
  4. Block model was estimated by the Inverse Distance Squared interpolation method on blocks of maximum 4 m x 4 m and minimum 1 m x 1 m dimensions.
  5. All REE assays exceeding the 95% confidence level (CL) were cut to the 95% CL for each element.
  6. All intercepts with a true width of less than 1.5 m were diluted to a potential mining width of 1.5 m.

The upgraded Resource has been prepared by Aurora Geosciences (Alaska) Ltd. of Juneau, Alaska. As a third-party consultant, Aurora was additionally responsible for the data collection, quality control, modeling, and reporting associated with the Resource estimate upgrade.

The REE Mineral Resources were modeled via ten alternative TREO cut-off grades, with a baseline case (“Base Case”) employing a TREO cut-off of 0.4%. The Base Case renders an Indicated Mineral Resource of 4.84 million tonnes grading 0.601% TREO, an Inferred Mineral Resource of 1.04 million tonnes grading .604% TREO, and a skew of approximately 40% HREO over TREO.

The drill-defined Mineral Resource at Bokan Dotson-Ridge commences at surface and is open both at depth and along strike. Additional information regarding significant drill results from the Company’s prior exploration programs and maps and sections detailing the drill-hole locations and individual REE values are available at: https://ucore.com/projects/bokan-mountain-alaska/exploration-program.

NI 43-101 Compliance

James Robinson, P.Geo., an independent geologist with Aurora Geosciences (Alaska) Ltd. of Juneau, Alaska, has prepared the technical data provided in this news release and is the qualified person responsible for its accuracy.

Disclosure of the nature of a PEA in compliance with NI 43-101 Guidelines: A PEA is preliminary in nature; it includes inferred mineral resources that are considered too speculative geologically to have the economic considerations applied to them that would enable them to be categorized as mineral reserves, and there is no certainty that the PEA will be realized.

About Ucore

Ucore Rare Metals is a development-phase company focused on rare and critical metals resources, extraction and beneficiation technologies with near term potential for production, growth and scalability. The Company has a 100% ownership stake in the Bokan-Dotson Ridge Rare Earth Project. On March 31, 2014, Ucore announced the unanimous support of the Alaska State Legislature for Senate Bill 99 (2014), which authorized the AIDEA to issue up to USD$145 million in bonds for the infrastructure and construction costs of the Bokan-Dotson Ridge Rare Earth Project.

Ucore’s vision and plan is to transition to become a leading advanced technology company that provides metal separation products and services to the mining and mineral extraction industry. This vision includes the development of the Alaska SMC in Southeast Alaska and the development of the Company’s rare earth minerals property located at Bokan Mountain in Alaska (an NI-43-101 technical report was filed on SEDAR on March 14, 2013).

For further information, please contact Mr. Jim McKenzie, President & CEO of Ucore Rare Metals Inc. at: +1 (902) 482-5214 or visit https://www.ucore.com.

[1] https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/05/18/2018-10667/final-list-of-critical-minerals-2018

Cautionary Notes

This press release includes certain statements that may be deemed “forward-looking statements”. All statements in this release (other than statements of historical facts) that address future business development and/or acquisition activities (including any related required financings), timelines, litigation outcomes, events or developments that the Company expects, are forward looking statements. Although the Company believes the expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are not guarantees of future performance or results and actual results or developments may differ materially from those in forward-looking statements. Ucore has assumed that it will be able to procure or retain geometallurgy partners and/or suppliers, including a solvent extraction (“SX”) partner or SX supplier for the Alaska Strategic Metals Complex (“Alaska SMC”). Ucore has also assumed that sufficient external funding will be found to prepare a new NI 43-101 technical report that demonstrates that the Bokan Project is feasible and economically viable for the production of both REE and co-product mineral materials and metals and the then prevailing market prices based upon assumed customer off-take agreements. Ucore has also assumed that sufficient external funding will be found to develop the specific engineering plans for the Alaska SMC and its construction. Ucore has also assumed that it will in the near future be able to obtain interim financing and sufficient additional financing to acquire IBC Advanced Technologies, Inc. (“IBC”) in compliance with the terms contemplated in the existing agreements with IBC and its shareholders holding a majority of its shares. Ucore has also assumed that there will be no material adverse findings in its upcoming expected comprehensive due diligence review of IBC. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include: Ucore not being able to procure an SX partner or supplier for the Alaska SMC; Ucore not being able to raise sufficient funds to fund the specific design and construction of the Alaska SMC and/or acquire IBC (including the non-acquisition payments owed under the previous and existing agreements with IBC); adverse capital market conditions; unexpected due diligence findings; unexpected or adverse outcomes in the currently outstanding litigation matters between Ucore and IBC; resistance to or noncompliance by IBC or its key shareholders with the existing agreements; the emergence of alternative superior metallurgy and metal separation technologies; the inability of IBC to retain its key staff members and clients; the inability of IBC to protect its intellectual property; unexpected transaction costs or other deal completion setbacks; a change in the legislation in Alaska and/or in the support expressed by AIDEA regarding the development of Bokan; the availability and procurement of any required interim and/or long-term financing that may be required; and general economic, market or business conditions.

No new drilling or assaying was required in order for the Company’s external experts to develop an updated mineral resource for Bokan that includes REE and the numerous critical co-product metals.

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