Azincourt Energy CEO Alex Klenman: Applying Artificial Intelligence to Uranium Exploration in the Athabasca Basin

“Nobody’s really applying artificial intelligence into the uranium exploration in the Athabasca, and so we might be a first mover,” said Azincourt Energy CEO Alex Klenman.

Azincourt Energy (TSXV:AAZ,OTCQB:AZURF,FWB:A0U2) CEO Alex Klenman discussed the company’s pioneering initiatives to bring artificial intelligence (AI), data mining and rapid algorithm work into mining exploration.

Azincourt Energy recently entered into an agreement with FOBI AI (TSXV:FOBI) to apply its established AI and applications “to support Azincourt’s goal of making discovery and delineating a resource at its East Preston uranium project,” according to a press release.

“Nobody’s really applying AI into the uranium exploration in the Athabasca, and so we might be a first mover. We’d like to embrace new technology and see how it can make us more efficient,” said Azincourt Energy CEO Alex Klenman.

According to Klenman, the ultimate goal is to utilize technology to allow Azincourt Energy to make discoveries more quickly, with less impact on the environment and with fewer dollars spent on drill holes and exploration initiatives.

The company recently closed the final tranche of a private placement worth $8 million, which will be used to fund the development of the East Preston uranium project. The flagship East Preston project covers over 25,000 hectares in the Western Athabasca Basin, Saskatchewan.

“We’re heading into our drill program in the winter, and we’re going to do 30 to 35 holes. We’re exceeding the entire pre-run here for four years. We have strong institutional support from funds, which allows us to get more aggressive. Our timing looks really good. We’re excited to be cashed up and doing our biggest drill program and the best market we’ve seen since 2011,” shared Azincourt Energy CEO Alex Klenman.

Watch the full interview of Azincourt Energy CEO Alex Klenman above.


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Western Copper and Gold CEO: We’re Western Copper and Gold for a Good Reason

“We’ve got 21 million ounces of gold and 11 billion pounds of copper in our overall resource at Casino. Very significant from both a copper and gold perspective. So we’re Western Copper and Gold for a good reason,” shared Western Copper and Gold CEO Paul West-Sells.

Western Copper and Gold (TSX:WRN,NYSE:WRN) is currently sitting on a resource that’s composed of 21 million ounces of gold and 11 billion pounds of copper.

Western Copper and Gold CEO Paul West-Sells views this as a significant endowment for the company and its shareholders, as well as for Canada and the Yukon.

“We’ve got 21 million ounces of gold and 11 billion pounds of copper in our overall resource at Casino. Very significant from both a copper and gold perspective. So we’re Western Copper and Gold for a good reason. And that’s where the value is in the ground,” said West-Sells.

In June 2021, the company announced a positive preliminary economic assessment at its wholly owned Casino copper-gold-molybdenum deposit in the Yukon. Western Copper and Gold will conduct a feasibility study on Casino, and it is targeted to be completed by the second quarter of 2022.

“The other big push for us is to get the permitting going. We now have money in the bank, and we just hired a vice president of permitting to move the project. More importantly, we now have Rio Tinto (ASX:RIO,LSE:RIO,NYSE:RIO) as a strategic investor, which was the last piece that was really missing. This is a big project. A lot of ounces, a lot of pounds, a lot of upfront capital to get those out of the ground.”

Western Copper and Gold completed a brokered private placement for aggregate gross proceeds of $8,010,000 that will be used to fund “Canadian exploration expenses” and “flow-through mining expenditures.”

Watch the full interview of Western Copper and Gold CEO Paul West-Sells above.

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Novo Resources Executive Co-Chairman Michael Spreadborough: Well Financed to Bring Exploration Projects into Production

Novo Resources Executive Co-Chairman Michael Spreadborough said the company has a strong balance sheet to keep advancing its projects toward production.

Novo Resources (TSXV:NVO) recently announced it has intersected high-grade gold at its Talga Talga gold project and has accelerated the near-mine exploration program at its Nullagine gold project in Western Australia. Novo Resources Executive Co-Chairman Michael Spreadborough said the company has a strong balance sheet to keep advancing its projects towards production.

“We are sitting at approximately $50 million cash at the moment, (and) have a strategic investment portfolio that’s worth roughly C$150 million. Our balance sheet is very, very strong with enough horsepower to do the exploration work. We are in a very strong position to keep us moving forward,” he shared.

Novo Resources’ exploration program has been accelerated with additional funding of up to AU$2.5 million to support near-mine exploration. The amount is on top of the previously approved AU$12 million. Novo Resources is aiming to accelerate the delineation of targets in the Mosquito Creek Basin that have the potential to provide additional oxide mill feed to the Golden Eagle processing facility

“We like to play with innovation, we like to be leaders in some of the things that we’re doing. So we’re very focused on ore sorting. Innovation is a big focus in our culture. We’re putting over $15 million a year into exploration as we develop more targets to bring into production,” said Spreadborough.

“We’ve already found good gold discoveries, we’ll probably find more as we do more work. We’ve got the horsepower financially and we’ve got that ability. We’ve demonstrated now that we can take exploration projects all the way through to development and into production. We have the complete skill set. We think we’re in a good position right now to move the company forward,” he added.

Watch the full interview of Novo Resources Executive Co Chair Michael Spreadborough above.

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Lake Resources Managing Director: Definitive Feasibility Study for Kachi Lithium Project is Underway

Lake Resources advances its flagship Kachi Lithium Project and Managing Director Stephen Promnitz says they are charging ahead to address the surge in battery market demand.

Following an increased focus by EV makers on supply chain sustainability, Lake Resources NL (ASX:LKE) (FRA:LK1) (OTCMKTS:LLKKF) advances debt funding options for its flagship Kachi Lithium Project and Managing Director Stephen Promnitz says they are charging ahead to address the surge in battery market demand.

Together with Lilac Solutions, Lake Resources is currently operating its pilot demonstration plant which uses clean technology to reduce lithium processing costs and timelines significantly.

“In 2020, we were targeting a 25,000 tonnes per annum project. Earlier this year, we focused on where the project was going and how fast can we double that. We’re charging ahead with debt financing for the first 25,000 tonnes per annual production and we can actually deliver that in a timely manner,” said Promnitz.

Lake Resources recently expanded the drilling and testing beyond the required for the Definitive Feasibility Study (DFS) for its Kachi Lithium project. The aim is to accelerate the conversion of Inferred Resources to Measured and Indicated (M&I) Resources, to allow for an expansion beyond the 25,500 tonnes per annum (tpa) lithium carbonate planned in the DFS. The current drilling seeks to convert resources to reserves as part of the DFS work.

“We produce a product in the space of hours, not months or years. And we do that consistently with high quality which the battery makers want. This is what the demand is asking for. We’re providing a solution, a 21st-century solution for this demand,” Promnitz added.

Watch the full interview with Lake Resources NL Managing Director Stephen Promnitz above.

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