As at December 31, 2012 (100% basis – only the second last column shows our share)
Proven and probable
(tonnes in thousands; pounds in millions)
|Proven||Probable||Total mineral reserves|
|Key Lake||open pit||61.9||0.52||0.7||61.9||0.52||0.7||0.6||98.7|
|North Butte-Brown Ranch||ISR||1,839.3||0.08||3.3||1,839.3||0.08||3.3||3.3||80.0|
Estimates in the above table:
- use an average uranium price of $61 (US)/lb U3O8
- are based on an average exchange rate of $1 US=$1.00 Cdn, except Cigar Lake, which is based on an average exchange rate of $1.00 US=$1.10 Cdn
Totals may not add up due to rounding.
Except for the possible Inkai permitting issue referred to below, we do not expect these mineral reserve estimates to be materially affected by metallurgical, environmental, permitting, legal, taxation, socio-economic, political, marketing or other relevant issues.
We report mineral reserves as the quantity of contained ore supporting our mining plans, and include an estimate of the metallurgical recovery for each uranium property. The estimate of the amount of valuable product that can be physically recovered by the metallurgical extraction process is obtained by multiplying quantity of contained metal (content) by the planned metallurgical recovery percentage. Our share of uranium in the table above is before accounting for estimated metallurgical recovery.
Estimates For Inkai
Our 2013 and future annual production targets for Inkai assume, and we expect, that Inkai will obtain the necessary government permits and approvals to produce at an annual rate of 5.2 million pounds (100% basis), including an amendment to the resource use contract.
There is no certainty Inkai will receive these permits or approvals. If Inkai does not, or if the permits and approvals are delayed, Inkai may be unable to achieve its 2013 and future annual production targets and we may have to re-categorize some of Inkai’s mineral reserves as resources.