Perth, Australia (PressExposure) April 12, 2013 -- Turkish uranium explorer and ASX listed Anatolia Energy Limited ("Anatolia" or "the Company") (ASX:AEK) is pleased to announce the completion of the recent aquifer pumping test program at its advanced uranium exploration Temrezli project in the Central Anatolia district of Turkey. This well testing and the hydraulic values derived from it provide key preliminary information regarding the amenability of the aquifer for utilization of solution mining.
HydroSolutions of Golden, Colorado, USA was retained by Anatolia to conduct the hydrologic test within the Temrezli Uranium project to characterize aquifer properties of the uranium bearing sedimentary units.
Preliminary modelling by HydroSolutions using the aquifer parameters developed from these test results indicated that there is sufficient head and aquifer Transmissivity that would allow wells to be pumped at rates up to 38 l/min for sustained intervals particularly in a typical ISR well pattern. These values compare to the operating ISR facilities in the Northern Powder River Basin in Wyoming, further confirming the solution mining viability of the Temrezli Project.
Anatolia's Managing Director, Jim Graham said, "We are pleased that the results from our hydro test work provide support that solution mining appears a feasible process for our Temrezli uranium deposit. We will undertake additional hydro testing in our next planned drilling program with the goal to continue the advancement in our understanding of the deposit and complete our preliminary feasibility studies."
The wells were equipped with submersible pumps and data logging pressure transducers. State-of-art instrumentation and associated software provided the most accurate formation hydraulic characteristics possible. The goals of the program were two-fold:
1. To determine key hydrologic parameters of flow and storativity, and
2. To demonstrate lateral hydraulic communication (connection) of the ore bearing zones across distances typical of ISR well patterns.
The array of four wells installed to conduct the test were completed across uranium bearing sediments at depths ranging from 96 to 136 meters. Pumping tests were conducted at three of the wells at rates of 8.8 to 32.3 l/min. Water samples from the confined mineralized aquifer collected during the pumping tests from three of the wells returned slightly alkaline water conditions at 8.5 pH and of sufficient quality for solution mining purposes.
About Anatolia Energy:
Anatolia Energy Ltd (ASX:AEK) is a uranium exploration company holding an extensive portfolio of exploration licences with accelerated exploration programs in the Republic of Turkey.
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