U.S. Ban on Russian Uranium Set to Bolster Domestic Supply

Tuesday, June 18, 2024 at 2:30pm UTC

The U.S. ban on Russian %Uranium imports is reshaping the global %NuclearFuel industry. President Biden signed a law prohibiting these imports, worth around $1 billion annually, in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. This move accelerates efforts to revitalize America's virtually non-existent domestic uranium industry and reduce overreliance on foreign sources like Russia, which dominates 44% of global enrichment capacity.

As the domestic uranium industry rebuilds with $2.7 billion in federal aid, the nuclear power industry is pushing for waivers to continue limited Russian imports until 2028, while new U.S. capacity comes online. However, concerns remain that Russia could abruptly cut off enriched uranium exports before the 2028 deadline, upending existing contracts and disrupting the transition.

This landscape creates immense opportunities for domestic explorers like Vancouver-based AERO Energy. AERO is aggressively targeting over 50 high-priority drill targets in Saskatchewan's prolific Athabasca Basin, with a significant 5,000-meter drill program planned for 2024.

AERO Energy: Unlocking High-Grade Potential in Athabascas Most Historic District

The reshaping global uranium landscape, catalyzed by the U.S. ban on Russian imports, has created a unique situation for domestic explorers like AERO Energy (TSXV: $AERO). This Canadian company is strategically positioned to capitalize on the renewed focus on securing North American uranium supply.

AERO Energy controls a leading land package totaling 250,000 acres in Saskatchewan's historic Uranium City mining district, where over 70 million pounds of U3O8 were previously mined. The properties host what was once the largest uranium mine in the world, the Gunnar Mine - yielding 18M lbs of UO from 1953 to 1981. However, the companys exploration approach is significantly different from historical methods, which primarily targeted shallow, lower-grade, fault-hosted mineralization.

AERO employs cutting-edge geophysical techniques, including aerial VTEM surveys, to pinpoint high-grade, basement-hosted uranium deposits akin to recent major discoveries near the Athabasca Basin's edge, such as NexGen Energys Arrow Deposit (TSX: $NXE) (NYSE: NXE) and Fission Uraniums Triple R Deposit (TSX: $FCU). This modern approach aims to unlock a new realm of resource potential overlooked by past explorers.

The company has leveraged over $7.6 million in prior exploration expenditures to define over 50 high-priority, drill-ready targets across its dominant land position. With an aggressive 5,000-meter drill program slated for 2024, AERO is poised to rapidly advance this pipeline of prospective targets and drive newsflow.

Aero's Maiden Drill Program Underway at Murmac Project

Aero Energy is wasting no time with its maiden 2,600-meter drill program now underway at the %MurmacUraniumProject. Following recent VTEM surveys and 3D modeling, 10-13 priority targets have been defined, representing favorable settings for high-grade, basement-hosted deposits related to the prolific Athabasca Basin.

CEO Galen McNamara commented: "Murmac offers a rare high-grade opportunity where historical uranium showings are widespread, but the real trap rocks remain largely untested by modern exploration models."

Unlocking High-Grade Potential at Strike and Sun Dog Projects

In addition to Murmac, Aero is prioritizing further exploration at the Sun Dog and Strike projects, planning an additional 2,000 meters of fully funded drilling. The Strike Project hosts numerous uranium showings grading up to 27% U3O8, and a VTEM survey conducted by Cameco (2005-2008) generated EM targets that were never drill-tested. With over 12 kilometers of conductive graphitic corridors defined, the company has prioritized 14 drill-ready targets along these fertile structures.

McNamara stated: "Recent drilling has confirmed an active, near-surface high-grade uranium system at Strike. We are finalizing an aggressive, fully-funded program to follow up on this new mineralization and test the multitude of remaining targets."

For value-oriented investors seeking exposure to the North American uranium market's upswing, AERO Energy presents a compelling opportunity. With a tight share structure, robust project portfolio, and focused exploration strategy, this well-funded junior is in a privileged position to capitalize on rising uranium demand as the domestic supply chain is reinvigorated.

About AERO

%AeroEnergy Limited (TSXV: AERO) (OTC: $AAUGF) (FRA:UU3) a junior mineral exploration company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, and evaluation of mineral properties in Canada. The company explores for uranium deposits. Its flagship optioned properties include the Sun Dog, Strike, and Murmac, as well as fully owned properties located in the Athabasca Basin.

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