NTI-linked exploration firm picks up new Nunavut uranium property

Kivalliq Energy Corp. acquiring uranium claims 60 km south of Baker Lake


A map of the Baker basin uranium exploration property acquired by Kivalliq Energy Corp., located 60 kilometres south of Baker Lake. (IMAGE COURTESY OF KIVALLIQ ENERGY)

Kivalliq Energy Corp. has added a new Nunavut uranium exploration property to its portfolio, the company announced Oct. 15.

The Vancouver-based exploration company says it is in the process of acquiring 100 per cent of Pacific Ridge Exploration Inc.’s ownership of its Baker Basin uranium property.

That property is home to 95 claims across 232,262 acres, located about 60 kilometres south of Baker Lake.

Since 2006, Pacific Ridge and its joint venture partner Aurora Energy Resources have spent more than $7 million evaluating the property, identifying four uranium-rich zones.

And Kivalliq Energy Corp. considers two of those zones “drill ready,” making them “ripe for a systematic and targeted exploration campaign,” said the company’s president, Jeff Ward, in a news release.

Next, the company plans to compile data already collected from the property to rank its future drilling targets.

Kivalliq’s chief executive officer Jim Patterson called the property “too great an opportunity to pass up.”

“Our extensive northern exploration experience, as well as our relationships and award winning environmental track record in Nunavut, give Kivalliq a competitive advantage to rapidly advance the Baker Basin property,” Patterson said in a release.

Kivalliq Energy, formed out of a 2008 Inuit-owned lands deal between Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. and the Kaminak Gold Corp., already operates on the 252,000 acre Angilak property, about 200 km inland from the community of Whale Cove.

The property is home to the high-grade Lac Cinquante deposit.

Kivallliq Energy even picked up the 2012 Environmental Excellence Award, handed out by the Kivalliq Inuit Association to acknowledge the company’s “outstanding environmental stewardship” at its Angilak property.

But if a neighbouring uranium exploration project in the Baker Lake area is any indication, Kivalliq Energy could face opposition as it moves ahead with its latest acquisition.

Nunavut’s uranium watchdog organization Nunavummiut Makitagunarningit has raised a number of health, safety, economic, environmental concerns around Areva Resources Canada Inc.’s proposed Kiggavik project.

The Kiggavik project, about 80 kilometres from Baker Lake, would extract uranium ore from four open pits and one underground mine.

The Baker Lake hunters and trappers organization also raised concerns last year about the impact of mining activities on the local caribou population.

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