Westwater Applauds EPA?s Action to Withdraw Rule Change for Reclamation
CENTENNIAL, Colo.,October 24, 2018 ? Westwater Resources, Inc. (?Westwater,? or the ?Company?) (Nasdaq: WWR), an energy materials development company, is pleased to report that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has withdrawn a rule change proposed in 2017 for groundwater restoration that afforded no new protection for the environment, but only promised to raise costs for the uranium industry if enacted.
Westwater Resources is nearing the completion of reclamation at two sites, and this EPA action is an important affirmation that ongoing work to reclaim future operations will not be impacted by poorly conceived rules that offer no positive impact on groundwater quality and only succeed in increasing the costs of restoration. Westwater remains committed to the safety of the environment and the public at our operations, and compliance with sensible and effective rules are key to this promise.
On Friday, October 19, 2018, the EPA said that its existing rules (for groundwater restoration) were sufficient for the protection of public health and safety from radiological and non-radiological hazards associated with uranium and thorium ore processing.
EPA's acting administrator Andrew Wheeler cast the proposed rule change as "unnecessary and punishing" on uranium producers.
"The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has regulated in-situ uranium recovery for nearly 40 years. The agency has never found an instance of ground water contamination that would be addressed by this rule," Wheeler said in a statement.
The rule "failed to articulate a risk that justified the rulemaking, ignored the need for a realistic cost-benefit analysis, and underestimated compliance costs and impacts to small businesses," National Mining Association President Hal Quinn said.
Westwater Resources thanks the National Mining Association for their able leadership in the effort to achieve this action.
Chinesen wollen sich an Uranfirmen beteiligen Die staatliche China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) will sich an ausländischen Uranproduzenten beteiligen. Demnach habe man vor allem den nordamerikanischen Raum im Blick, wie ein chinesischer Uran-Manager auf der IMARC Mining Konferenz in Melbourne verriet. Angesichts des laufenden Handelskriegs und der politischen Spannungen mit den USA würden wir auf Kanada als Zielland tippen. China baut oder plant aktuell mehrere dutzend neue Atomkraftwerke. Die Nachfrage des Landes nach Uran soll laut Ni Tao von China National Uranium auf 88.000 bis 100.000 Tonnen im Jahr 2025 steigen.
Die Zeiten ändern sich Offensichtlich können die Minenunternehmen die Uranpreise nicht wirklich kontrollieren. Sie müssen mit dem arbeiten, was sie haben. Als die Uranpreise fielen, war ihre Reaktion genau das, was man erwarten würde ? sie senkten die Kosten. Dazu gehörte auch das Zurückfahren von Investitionen in neue Minen, die aufgrund der geringen Nachfrage nicht benötigt wurden. Sie reduzierten auch die Produktion in bestehenden Minen, um Angebot und Nachfrage wieder in Einklang zu bringen. Diese Angebotskürzungen haben sich allmählich summiert. Cameco, das größte börsennotierte Uranminenunternehmen der Welt, stellte 2016 die Produktion in seinem Werk Rabbit Lake ein und nahm 4 Millionen Pfund Jahresproduktion aus dem globalen Angebot. Im Jahr 2018 wurde der Betrieb in der Mine McArthur River eingestellt, die weitere 18 Millionen Pfund aus dem Markt nahm. Die staatliche kasachische Kazatomprom, der weltweit größte Uranproduzent, will die Produktion zwischen 2018 und 2020 um 29 Millionen Pfund reduzieren. Und auch in Australien und Afrika haben kleinere Produktionskürzungen stattgefunden oder sind geplant. Zu diesem Angebotsrückgang trägt auch die Tatsache bei, dass die Minen die Ressourcen erschöpfen. Jedes Pfund, das aus einer bestehenden Mine gewonnen wird, reduziert die Menge an Uran, die in Zukunft verfügbar sein wird. Mit reduzierten Investitionen in neue Minen wird das Angebot natürlich zurückgehen.
Über ihren gesamten Lebenszyklus hinweg ist Kernenergie genauso CO2-arm wie Windkraft und emittiert nur ein Viertel so viel CO2 wie Photovoltaik.
Informatiker und "Nuclear Pride"-Aktivist Rainer Klute
Zu den Aktivitäten des deutschen Ablegers der Bewegung gehören Demonstrationen, Preisausschreiben und Straßenfeste mit "Kernspalt-Tanz" oder "Klima-Chor". "Nuclear Pride" will eine Umorientierung der europäischen Energiepolitik erreichen: Die Atomenergie soll ihr schlechtes Image bei der Bevölkerung verlieren und als klimafreundliche Energiequelle wahrgenommen werden. "Über ihren gesamten Lebenszyklus hinweg ist Kernenergie genauso CO2-arm wie Windkraft und emittiert nur ein Viertel so viel CO2 wie Photovoltaik", argumentiert der Informatiker und "Nuclear Pride"-Aktivist Rainer Klute, Vorsitzender des deutschen "Nuklearia"-Vereins.
Zwar seien Wind- und Sonnenenergie erneuerbare Energieformen, doch CO2 emittieren sie trotzdem, beispielsweise bei der Herstellung der Anlagen. Auch Biomasse sei zwar erneuerbar, produziere aber viel CO2. Kernenergie hingegen stoße im Betrieb überhaupt kein CO2 aus und im gesamten Lebenszyklus nur sehr wenig, argumentiert Klute.
: WWR meldet Ergebnisse für 2018 und Ausblick 2019
Westwater Resources Reports 2018 Results & Energy Minerals Business Update
CENTENNIAL, Colo.,February 19, 2019 ? Westwater Resources, Inc. (?Westwater,? or the ?Company?) (Nasdaq: WWR), an energy materials development company, announced its results for fiscal year 2018, and provided an outlook on its energy minerals business development for 2019.
Christopher M. Jones, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, ?We are pleased with our accomplishments in 2018, including our acquisition and integration of Alabama Graphite Corp., which gives us an advantage in a key component of electrical storage devices. We ended 2018 with the discovery of substantial vanadium mineralization on our existing mineral leases in Alabama. We are making progress on all fronts; many facets of Westwater?s business are developing simultaneously. Collectively, I believe these factors will continue to benefit our business and further advance Westwater all while maximizing shareholder value.?
Highlights for 2018 and to Date
RECENT VANADIUM DISCOVERY:
On November 29, 2018, Westwater announced the discovery of significant levels of vanadium concentrations at several locales within the graphitic schists at the Company?s Coosa Graphite Project (?Coosa Project?).
On February 19, 2019, concurrent with the issuance of this press release the Company also announced that it has received independent lab results that demonstrated a wide-spread distribution of vanadium mineralization throughout the central portion of the Company?s mineral holdings within the Coosa Project in Alabama. The wide-spread distribution of highly anomalous vanadium mineralization, commonly in association with strong graphite mineralization, points to the need for comprehensive follow-up drilling and trenching to more fully define the ultimate distribution and intensity (grade) of the graphite and vanadium resources of the Coosa Project. Planning is underway for additional core drilling and surface trenching of individual target areas and extensions of known mineralized zones. Additionally, Westwater will initiate a program to evaluate and assess various processing options to economically recover vanadium as a byproduct to graphite.
GRAPHITE BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT:
Pilot plant planning for operations remains on-track for 2019.
Plant start up and initial operations will utilize purchased graphite feedstock, bringing forward revenues and cash flow in time.
First revenues are expected in 2021.
Positive cash flow for the graphite business is expected in 2022.
The mine is planned for construction in 2025, with planned production in 2026 ? funded from operating cash flow rather than external financing.
Net present values are estimated to be $400 - $500 million, depending on contingency.
Capital expenditures, now including pilot plant studies and final plant design, are estimated at $42.0 million.
We have over two-dozen Non-Disclosure Agreements in place for discussions with potential customers.
On September 6, 2018, Westwater announced the successful production of over 4 kilograms of Purified Micronized Graphite (?PMG?). PMG is used as a conductivity enhancement material for a variety of battery applications. Electrical performance testing by an independent lab confirmed that the PMG performs as well as expected. Samples of PMG are being tested by two potential customers.
Work continues with business, state and local officials in Alabama to site, permit and explore business incentives.
The Company gave a well-received presentation at Benchmark Mineral Intelligence?s ?Graphite + Anodes 2018? Conference, on October 23rd in Newport Beach, California. The presentation included a Company overview and an update on Westwater?s graphite business plan for potential customers.
LITHIUM EXPLORATION PROJECTS:
On March 24, 2018, the Company exercised an option to purchase a block of unpatented placer mining claims covering an area of approximately 3,000 acres within the Columbus Salt Marsh area of Esmeralda County, Nevada. The claims adjoin a portion of the Company?s other property holdings at its Columbus Basin Project, expanding the project area within the basin to approximately 14,200 acres.
The Company continues to develop its water rights positions and geological knowledge on its three highly prospective lithium-enriched brine properties in Nevada and Utah.
URANIUM PROJECTS: Activities included:
On September 21st, 2018 the Company made public an analysis of the current uranium market that backs up the Company?s belief that a continued rise in uranium prices is likely. This makes it clear there is strong interest in securing uranium supplies at lower prices as a hedge. Uranium spot prices hit $29.15 per pound on November 19, 2018 its highest level since March 2016. Five-year futures have also risen to over $35/lb. since August.
Westwater has completed wellfield plugging at the Vasquez Project in Texas and has received certification by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). This paves the way for surface reclamation completion and bond release applications in 2019. Reclamation of the waste disposal well and its associated pond, as well as the remainder of the surface is scheduled for completion in 2019.
At the Rosita Project in Texas, the wellfield Production Areas 1 & 2 are plugged, and surface reclamation in those areas is also expected to be completed in 2019.
Westwater Announces Reclamation Milestone at Vasquez
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Releases Surety Bond in the amount of $208,657 for Vasquez Wellfield Plugging
CENTENNIAL, Colo.,March 4, 2019 ? Westwater Resources, Inc. (?Westwater,? or the ?Company?) (Nasdaq: WWR), an energy materials development company, today announced that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has certified that the third phase of site reclamation (plugging of production wells) is complete and released a surety bond posted by the Company in the amount of $208,657. This surety bond is collateralized with cash at a rate of 40%.
Christopher M. Jones, President and CEO of Westwater Resources, stated ?This important milestone involved the complete reclamation of 844 wells formerly used for production and water quality monitoring. Surface reclamation of the site and the waste disposal well are expected later this year. Reclamation completion and state approval of our work in Texas, like that at Vasquez and Rosita, are hallmarks of our commitment to being a sustainable and responsible part of the community.?
The Vasquez Project in Duval County, Texas was acquired in 1990, with production initiated in the fall of 2004. After four years of uranium production, groundwater restoration was begun. The ground water restoration process involves repeated filtration of the water in the aquifer. This ensures that the groundwater meets state standards. Restoration was completed after ten years of work in 2014. TCEQ approved the company?s groundwater restoration efforts in 2017, and the well plugging phase was initiated at that time. This phase was completed that year.
Final reclamation efforts, including surface work and the reclamation of a waste disposal well at Vasquez are expected to be complete later this year. Once that work is certified as complete by the TCEQ, we will follow up with a request for surety bond release on that phase, much as we have on previous phases.
This success follows a similar reclamation milestone achievement earlier this year at our Rosita property, also in Texas.
Westwater Announces Royalty and Promissory Note Sale for $2.75 Million
Uranium Royalty Corp. to buy four royalties on uranium properties located in South Dakota, Wyoming and New Mexico and a promissory note due 2020 for $2.75 million
CENTENNIAL, Colo.,March 7, 2019 ? Westwater Resources, Inc. (?Westwater,? or the ?Company?) (Nasdaq: WWR), an energy materials development company, today announced that Uranium Royalty Corp. (URC) and its US subsidiary have together agreed to purchase royalties owned by Westwater on future uranium production from mineral properties in South Dakota, Wyoming and New Mexico, as well as a promissory note in the amount of $2.0 million and the related mortgage that the Company holds on the Church Rock and Crownpoint, New Mexico properties of Laramide Resources. Uranium Royalty Corp. and its US subsidiary have agreed to purchase these interests for collective total consideration of $2.75 million, including $0.5 million paid at signing. The balance of $2.25 million will become due and payable at the earlier of June 30, 2019 or following the date upon which the closing conditions are satisfied.
Christopher M. Jones, President and CEO of Westwater, stated ?We continue to opportunistically manage our assets, with the goal of maximizing value to our shareholders. In this instance, we divested our non-core holdings for immediate cash consideration. This transaction monetizes our uranium royalty portfolio and moves forward income from 2020 to 2019. Uranium Royalty?s unique model for funding uranium projects is well-timed for the industry. This is a win-win for both our companies."
The Westwater Royalty Portfolio being sold to URC under the Asset Purchase Agreement consists of:
A 4% net returns royalty on future uranium production from Laramide Resources? Church Rock property located in New Mexico;
A 30% net proceeds royalty on future uranium production from a portion of Azarga Uranium?s Dewey-Burdock property located in South Dakota;
An up to 4% overriding royalty on part of Peninsula Energy?s future uranium production from its Lance Project located in Wyoming; and
A 4% royalty on the gross value from uranium production from a portion of Energy Fuels? Roca Honda property located in New Mexico.
The sale also includes a promissory note secured by a mortgage held by Westwater on Laramide Resources? Church Rock and Crownpoint, New Mexico uranium properties, with four remaining payments due through maturity on January 5, 2020. Westwater will be entitled to retain any interest payments on the promissory note made before the closing of the transaction.