Field Trips

MEMO 2017 is offering a variety of field trips related to mining operations and mineral exploration projects in Saskatchewan.

The field trips will departing on Wednesday, September 27 or Thursday, September 28 2017, and returning the same day, or Friday September 29.

Safety gear will be provided by the individual sites, however attendees are still required to dress 6appropriately for all field sites. Hiking boots are recommended, and it is important to remember that weather in late September in northern Saskatchewan can be quite variable, and attendees should have adequate field clothing for temperatures from -5 °C to 20°C. Each tour lists their individual dress requirements.

West Wind Aviation is our official carrier for field trips that require flight transportation.

West Wind Aviation Terminal 3A is located on Hangar Road. Return times to Saskatoon are estimated based on flight departures from the individual sites, and subject to weather, and a variety of factors outside of the MEMO conference’s control.

Wednesday, September 27

SEABEE GOLD MINE TOUR (1 day)
CIGAR LAKE MINE TOUR (1 day)
ATHABASCA BASIN URANIUM, MINING AND EXPLORATION TOUR (3 days)
FABRICATION SHOP TOUR (half day)

Thursday, September 28

POTASH CORP ALLAN TOUR (1 day)
ARROW URANIUM DEPOSIT TOUR (1 day)

SEABEE GOLD MINE TOUR (1 day) Wednesday Sept 27

Cost: $1600

Included: Bus to airport, Charter flight, bus transportation at the site, lunch and guidebook.

Departure Location/Time: 6:00 am at the entrance of the TCU Place

Return Time:  Approximately 19:00 (estimated)

Maximum number of participants: 14

Description:

Located approximately 450 km North West of Saskatoon near Laonil Lake, the Seabee Mine Operation has been producing gold since 1991. The operation consists of two underground mines, Seabee and Santoy. In May 2016, Silver Standard Resources Inc. acquired the Seabee Mine Operation, which has proven and probable mineral reserves of 360,000 ounces of gold at an average grade of 8.19 g/t (as of December 31, 2016). In 2016 the mine achieved record production of 77,640 ounces of gold. Attendees will tour the Santoy Mine Complex, and examine the underground geology and structural controls associated with the Gap Deposit, before returning to surface. The afternoon will consist of a field lunch, followed by a surficial tour of the property, including the examination of outcrops and discussions of the structural history and geochemical properties of the mineralization at the Seabee Mine Operation and the regional Pine Lake Greenstone Belt, Glennie Domain.

Attendees will be provided with the required protective equipment while underground. For the afternoon surface tour, it is highly recommended that each delegate wear proper hiking footwear, and dress appropriately for an afternoon outdoors in northern Saskatchewan in late September. Each attendee is able to bring a small day bag with them on the aircraft, however space is limited.

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CIGAR LAKE MINE TOUR (1 day) Wednesday Sept 27

Cost: $950

Included: Bus to airport, Charter flight, bus transportation at the site, lunch and guidebook.

Departure Location/Time: 6:00 am at the entrance of the TCU Place

Return Time: 19:00 (estimated)

Maximum number of participants: 18

Description:

Photo courtesy of Cameco Corporation

Cigar Lake

The Cigar Lake Mine, located approximately 750 km north of Saskatoon is the world’s highest grade uranium mine. Cameco Corp. owns 50% of the mine and is the mine’s operator, with production beginning in May 2015. Total proven and probable reserves of the mine are 215 million pounds U3O8, at average grade of 15.9 % U3O8 (as of December 31, 2016) and produced 17.3 million pounds (Cameo’s share was 8.7 million pounds U3O8) in 2016. As operator, Cameco has developed an innovative jet-boring technique for mining the high-grade ore. Attendees will spend the day touring the underground mine, and surface operations, including the ore loadout faculty, where ore is loaded for processing at Areva Resources’ McLean Lake mill.

Attendees will be provided with the required protective equipment including overalls and steel toe footwear for contaminated areas for the site tour. No clothing from contaminated areas are allowed in clean areas, and cell phones are not permitted underground. Attendees wishing to take pictures must bring a separate camera. It is highly recommended that each delegate wear proper hiking footwear, and dress appropriately for an afternoon outdoors in northern Saskatchewan as parts of the tour will be outside. Each attendee is able to bring a small day bag with them on the aircraft, however space is limited.

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ATHABASCA BASIN URANIUM, MINING AND EXPLORATION TOUR (3 days) Wednesday Sept 27 - Friday September 29

Cost: $2200

Include: Bus to airport, Charter flights to each sites, transportation at the sites, 2 nights lodging at the McArthur River Camp, meals and guidebook.

Departure Location/Time: 6:45 am at the entrance of the TCU Place

Return Date/Time: September 29th, 19:00 (estimated)

Maximum number of participants: 18

Sept 27 - McArthur River Mine (Operated by Cameco Corp.)

Sept 28 - Wheeler River Project (Operated by Denison Mines Corp.)

Sept 29 - Christie Lake Project (Operated by UEX Corp.)

Description:

This multi-day geological tour will travel to three mine and exploration sites in northern Saskatchewan’s Athabasca Basin Uranium District. Attendees will spend a day touring the McArthur River Mine, the Wheeler River Project, and the Christie Lake Project. Overnight accommodations will be provided at the McArthur River Mine, where each attendee will have a private room, and access to the shared washroom facilities, and the 24-hour dinning facility. Attendees will be provided with the required protective equipment while underground. For the afternoon surface tour and subsequent days, it is highly recommended that each delegate wear proper hiking footwear, and dress appropriately for the outdoors in northern Saskatchewan. Each attendee is able to bring a small overnight bag with them on the aircraft. For the overnights at the mine, delegates should bring toiletries, a towel, and a pair of indoor shoes for the camp facilities. No outdoor footwear is permitted in the clean camp facilities.

Courtesy of Cameco Corporation

MacArthur River

The McArthur River mine (pictured above) is located approximately 725 km north of Saskatoon is the largest high-grade uranium mine in the world. The mine has an average grade of 9.6 % U3O8 with total proven and probable reserves of 369.7 million pounds U3O8 (as of December 31, 2016).  Cameco owns 70% of the mine and is the operator. In 2016 Cameco’s share of production was 12.6 million pounds U3O8. An unconformity-related uranium deposit, mineralization hosted within multiple pods along the P2 fault zone. Here, quartzite and graphitic pelites of the Wollaston domain are thrust faulted with the overlaying Athabasca Sandstone unit. Attendees will travel to the McArthur River Mine on September 27th, where they will be staying overnight throughout the tour. Over the duration of the first day, delegates will tour the McArthur River Mine facilities, and examine drill core from the mineralized zones.

Eastern Basin Tour mine site

Wheeler River is the largest undeveloped high-grade uranium in the infrastructure of the Athabasca Basin region in northern Saskatchewan. The project is a joint venture between Denison (60% and operator), Cameco Corp. ("Cameco") (30%), and JCU (Canada) Exploration Company Limited ("JCU") (10%), and is host to the high grade Gryphon and Phoenix uranium deposits discovered by Denison in 2014 and 2008 respectively . The Gryphon deposit is hosted in 43.3 million pounds U3O8 (based on a grade of 0.2% U3O8) based on 834,000 tons of mineralization at an average grade of 2.3% U3O8. The Phoenix unconformity deposit is located approximately 3 kilometers to the southeast of Gryphon and is estimated to include indicated resources of 70.2 million pounds U3O8 based on 166,000 tons of mineralization at an average grade of 19.1 % U3O8, and is the highest grade undeveloped uranium deposit in the world. Delegates will travel to the Wheeler River Camp on September 28th, where they will have the opportunity to examine drill core from both deposits, along with a tour of the project site and geological presentations. Delegates will return to the McArthur River Mine that evening.

Christie Lake

The Christie Lake Project (above) is located approximately 9 km north of the McArthur River mine. The project is a joint venture, operated by UEX Corporation, and hosts three uranium discoveries. The Paul Bay and Ken Pen Deposits were discovered in 1989 and 1993 respectively, and contain a historical non NI 43-101 compliant resource of 20.87 million pounds U3O8, at an average grade of 3.22% U3O8 (as of September 12, 1997). These deposits are basement hosted, and associated with structurally disturbed graphitic and quartzite rock units. In January 2017, the ĹŚrora discovery was made 500 m north east and along strike of the known deposits, within the Yalowega Mineralized Trend. This early-stage discovery exhibits unconformity-style and basement hosted characteristics, and has intersected mineralization through diamond drilling of up to 11.43 % U3O8, over 17.7 m in drill hole CB-107 (News Release February 14, 2017). Delegates will travel to the Wheler River Camp on September 29th, where they will be treated to a technical presentation, a tour of the project location, and examination of historical and recent drill core.

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FABRICATION SHOP TOUR (half day) Wednesday Sept 27

Cost: $50

Include: Bus transportation

Departure Location/Time: 8:00 am at the entrance of the TCU Place

Return Time: Noon

Maximum number of participants: 20

Description:

Saskatoon has a wealth of fabrication and machining capability serving the mining sector.  This half-day tour will provide opportunity to visit four well established industrial facilities in Saskatoon providing machining, millwrighting, repair/rebuild, engineering, and fabrication services.  Tours will be provided of:

  • Venables Machine Works Ltd
  • Industrial Machine and Mfg Inc
  • RMD Engineering Inc.
  • Deca Industries

You will be required to wear your CSA approved steel-toed safety boots on the tour.  All other required personal protective equipment will be provided.  Picture taking will not be permitted at the tour sites.

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POTASH CORP ALLAN TOUR (1 day) Thursday, September 28

Cost: $125

Include: Bus transportation to the site and lunch

Departure Location/Time: 6:45 am at the entrance of the TCU Place

Return Time: 13:30 (estimated)

Maximum number of participants: 20

Description:

Located approximately 75 km south of Saskatoon, the Allan Potash Mine is owned and operated by Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan.  Conventional underground mining takes place at a depth of 1,040 m, and produces KCl for industrial and agricultural fertilizer. In 2016, production was 2.38 million tonnes of KCl was produced at the facility. Delegates will travel from Saskatoon to the Allan Mine via a chartered bus. At the site, the group will undergo safety induction before heading underground for a tour of the mine. Back at surface, the group will tour the mill facility before returning to Saskatoon that afternoon.

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ARROW URANIUM DEPOSIT TOUR (1 day) Thursday, September 28

Cost: $1600

Included: Bus to airport, Charter flight, bus transportation at the site, lunch and guidebook.

Departure Location/Time: 6:00 am at the entrance of the TCU Place

Return Time: 19:00 (estimated)

Maximum number of participants: 16

Description:

Arrow Tour mine site

The Rook I project is located approximately 650 km north west of Saskatoon and owned entirely by NexGen Energy Ltd.  In February 2014, the Arrow Deposit was discovered in the prolific Patterson Lake conductive corridor, which also hosts several other uranium discoveries within the Rook I property and surrounding area. The Arrow Deposit is basement hosted and comprised of a series of five sub-vertical mineralized zones. The Arrow Deposit contains an indicated mineral resource of 179.5 million pounds U3O8, at an average grade of 6.88 % U3O8 (as of December 20, 2016). Mineralization at the Arrow Deposit is structurally controlled, adjacent to multiple graphitic high-strain zones, within quartz-rich semi-peltiic gneiss host rock. In March 2015, the Bow uranium discovery was made approximately 3.7 km North West of Arrow. In April 2016, uranium mineralization was intersected 1.3 km north west of Arrow, at a new discovery named Cannon. In August 2016, high-grade uranium was discovered 4.7 km North West of Arrow, at the Harpoon Discovery. The mineralization at Harpoon is basement hosted, within similar structural and lithological features as Arrow, and has returned results of 17.5 m at 3.89 % U3O8 (News Release March 23, 2017). Delegates will travel from Saskatoon to the Rook I camp at Patterson Lake, via Fort McMurray. On site, delegates will be treated to technical presentations, a visit of the Arrow drill site, along with a tour of the core shacks and examination of drill core from the deposit and property.

Attendees will be provided with the required protective equipment while touring the drill site. For the afternoon core examination, it is highly recommended that each delegate wear proper hiking footwear, and dress appropriately for an afternoon outdoors in northern Saskatchewan. Each attendee is able to bring a small day bag with them on the aircraft, however space is limited.

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