Cameco Starts Production from North Butte Uranium Mine
Cheyenne, Wyoming, US, May 13, 2013
Cameco’s (TSX: CCO; NYSE: CCJ) new North Butte in situ uranium mine in Campbell County, Wyoming, began production today.
North Butte is a satellite facility to the company’s Smith Ranch-Highland in situ mine in Converse County, Wyoming. Uranium-bearing resin from North Butte will be transported to an existing central processing plant at Smith Ranch-Highland for production of uranium concentrate.
North Butte is expected to contribute approximately 300,000 pounds of uranium concentrate in 2013 and ramp up to a target annual production rate of more than 700,000 pounds per year by 2015. The production would add about $2 million annually in taxes paid to state and local governments.
The site has 54 full-time employees and contractors.
“This is a significant milestone for our continued growth of US operations,” said Cameco Resources president Paul Goranson. “We thank our employees, suppliers, contractors and others for the excellent job they’ve done with exploration, development, construction and final testing of process equipment to get us here.”
In addition to North Butte and Smith Ranch-Highland, Cameco owns the Crow Butte in situ uranium mine and central processing plant near Crawford, Nebraska. It has five other satellite sites in various stages of development and regulatory approval in Wyoming and Nebraska.
Headquartered in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Cameco Resources is America’s largest uranium producer and constitutes the US operations of Cameco Corporation of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada, one of the world’s largest uranium producers.
As used in this news release, "Cameco" or the "company" means Cameco Corporation, a Canadian corporation and its subsidiaries and affiliates unless stated otherwise.