Loranger

Athabasca Basin, Saskatchewan

Actual Picture of the Loranger Project

Overview

Unlocking Potential at Appia's Uranium Properties

Stretching across 26,408.8 hectares, a vast landscape measuring 57 kilometres by 9 kilometres. 

Our dedicated team is stationed at the heart of the Wollaston Village, a community that embodies the essence of our commitment to inclusivity and collaboration. Together, we work tirelessly to explore and harness the power of uranium for a cleaner future.

At Appia, we are not just exploring uranium; we are exploring a cleaner future. 

Promising Uranium Discoveries

Within the drill core, we’ve unearthed up to 0.34 wt% U3O8, marking significant progress in our exploration journey.

Extensive Drilling

With 4,630.8 metres drilled across 34 drill holes, our exploration efforts have delved deep into the heart of Loranger, bringing us closer to unraveling its full potential.

Proximity to Key Operations

Appia’s properties are located in close proximity to Cameco’s Rabbit Lake uranium mill and Eagle Point mine operations, standing as a testament to the importance of our mission in the broader industry.

Cutting-Edge Geophysics

Our comprehensive geophysical studies include electromagnetic, ground gravity, magnetics, Very Low Frequency assessments, Resistivity Depth Imaging, and radiometrics, providing a holistic view of the property.

Fueling the Global Shift

Appia’s mission is rooted in the growing global demand for clean, reliable energy. The exploration company is dedicated to supporting various industries in their use of uranium. By uncovering uranium resources with the potential to supply nuclear power generation, Appia aims to play a vital role in the global transition to cleaner and more sustainable energy sources.

Meeting Rising Demand

The world’s demand for uranium is on the rise as countries seek reliable, low-carbon energy sources. Nuclear power has emerged as a key player in reducing carbon emissions and ensuring a stable energy supply. Appia is prepared to seek uranium resources responsibly, ensuring that the world’s uranium wealth is harnessed without compromising the environment.

Driving Economic Growth

Economic growth within Saskatchewan, especially among the First Nations Athabasca Basin Residents, is a cornerstone of our shared goals. Appia’s discoveries stimulate economic growth, creating jobs and boosting the local First Nations economy. At Appia, prosperity extends to all who call this region home.

Guided by Pioneers

Our journey is led by a dedicated geological team under the expert guidance of Dr. Irvine R. Annesley, P.Geo, a well-known academic leader within the Saskatchewan REE and uranium industry. With their expertise, we forge ahead in the quest for cleaner energy.

Project Location

Northern Saskatchewan

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Location

The Loranger Property occupies a prime location on the southeastern shores of Wollaston Lake in northern Saskatchewan. It’s more than just a piece of land; it’s a cornerstone of the region’s uranium industry, situated adjacent to the vibrant northern settlement of Wollaston Lake and the Dene First Nations community of Wollaston Post, collectively known as “Wollaston Lake” or the “Village.”

Located approximately 28 kilometres northwest of the Property lies Cameco’s renowned Rabbit Lake uranium mill and Eagle Point mine operations, an enduring symbol of the uranium industry’s vitality. The Loranger Property is centrally positioned at 594,400 metres east and 6,424,400 metres north, employing the Universal Transverse Mercator (“UTM”) conformal projection with North American Datum 1983 (“NAD83”) from Zone 13. It encompasses sections of National Topographic System (“NTS”) index map sheets 64E12, 64E13, 64E14, and 64L03.

Infrastructure

To the southwest, the Property extends within roughly 10 kilometres east of the Geikie River bridge, a crucial point along the all-season Provincial Highway 905 (located at the 184-kilometer mark on the Highway). In the summer, the Wollaston Barge Ferry provides a vital link between Highway 905 Barge Landing at Hidden Bay (marking the 230-kilometer point on the Highway) and the Wollaston Lake community. This essential service is operated by Hatchet Lake Development Limited Partnership, with vehicular passage subject to tolls and pre-booking.

Come winter, a vital ice-road connection is established between the Barge Landing and the Village. The Saskatchewan Department of Highways and Transportation ensures the safety and jurisdictional authority of this ice-road, typically opening it to public transportation from mid-January to early-April, contingent on weather conditions. This network of accessible routes underlines the Property’s strategic location and its commitment to year-round accessibility.

For those who choose the skies, the Loranger Property remains accessible throughout the year, with scheduled flights providing a convenient link to this exceptional site. Whether by land, water, or air, the Loranger Property stands as a testament to its commitment to uranium excellence and to serving as a vital contributor to the region’s growth.

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Geology & Mineralization​

1978 marked a pivotal moment when uranium first revealed itself on the Loranger property. This promising discovery unfolded as part of an exploration program in the basement rocks. The Loranger Property, is deeply steeped in the world-renowned Athabasca Basin.

The Loranger area lay beneath the expanse of the Athabasca Basin. Ancient tectonic forces shaped the region. The mystery of uranium’s presence on the Loranger property emerged from the faulted history of the bedrock. These natural fault lines served as conduits, where the intricate alchemy resulted in the creation of uranium mineralized zones.


Across the vast canvas of the Athabasca Basin, uranium manifests in diverse forms: pods, veins, and grand pegmatite masses. The rocks on the Loranger property, a fusion of gneiss—metamorphic rock—and fiery granitic pegmatites, bear witness to the crucible of immense pressure and heat that forged this unique geological composition.

Location in the Eastern Wollaston Domain

The property is situated within the Eastern Wollaston Domain, next to the Western Wollaston Domain and Wollaston-Mudjatik Transition Zone (WMTZ), which is renowened for hosting over 1 billion pounds of high-grade U3O8.

Rock Types

The property boasts a diverse range of rock types, dating from the youngest to the oldest in geochronological order. These include Hudsonian pegmatite, Proterozoic metasedimentary gneisses (ranging from arkosic to psammopelitic to pelitic, with or without graphite, and quartzite), and Archean granitic gneiss. Remarkably, this basement rock sequence mirrors that of other well-known high-grade uranium mineralized zones within the Wollaston Domain.

Proximity to Athabasca Basin

The property’s boundary is approximately 21 kilometres east of the present-day Athabasca Basin margin. The presence of Athabasca sandstone cover has been crucial in the formation of economic uranium mineralization. Geological clues suggest that the property was once enveloped by Athabasca sandstones during the time of uranium deposit formation.

Key Fault Systems

Two prominent fault systems define the property’s geological features. These are the northeast-trending graphitic fault zones and the north-south-trending Tabbernor faults. Many of the Athabasca Basin’s high-grade uranium mineralized zones are intricately associated with these structural systems.

Mineralization

Surface exploration has unveiled significant radioactivity and uranium mineralization in the form of sporadic pegmatites in the RCV Grid No. 2 area. Further subsurface exploration through 13 diamond drill holes at RCV Grid No. 2 intersected uranium mineralization and anomalous radioactivity in 10 of those drill holes. For detailed information on these intersections, please refer to the “Historic Exploration” section. The uranium mineralization predominantly resides within pegmatites and graphitic structures.

Journeying through the Loranger property reveals an intricate tapestry. Here, numerous intrusions of uranium-bearing pegmatite rock have been unveiled. These formations disclose their secrets through heightened radioactivity patterns, often found in proximity to a recognized conductive, graphitic corridor—the Tabbenor Fault System. Together, they craft a tale of exploration, discovery, and a future teetering on the edge of new possibilities.

Exploration

Embarking on a journey of exploration requires an arsenal of tools and techniques, each a beacon guiding us through the labyrinthine landscapes of geological discovery. At the Loranger property, Appia’s quest for knowledge, resources, and potential operates on the cutting edge of scientific exploration.

In the heart of these exploratory endeavors lies the promise of unearthing Earth’s hidden treasures. As we navigate the complex geological terrain, we remain committed to precision, innovation, and the invaluable bond with the local communities. This is the journey of exploration—the promise of potential, the adventure of discovery, and the heart of the Loranger property.
Throughout February and March 2019, Appia successfully completed eight drill holes, totaling 1,063 metres. Notable results include drill holes LOR-19-02 and LOR-19-03, which intersected 0.066 wt% U3O8 over 0.7 metres at a depth of 105.5 metres and 0.032 wt% U3O8 over 3.15 metres at a depth of 96.75 metres, respectively. These findings contribute to the identification of uranium mineralization along a 900-meter strike length in a new target area encompassing drill holes LOR-19-01 to LOR-19-04A. Additionally, drill hole LOR-19-08 revealed uranium “depletion” linked to a massive hydrothermal fluid fault network, suggesting uranium mobilization and re-deposition along the structural corridor. (Refer to the Press Release dated June 18, 2019, for further details.)

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Project News

APPIA ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR DRILLING AT THE LORANGER URANIUM-BEARING PROPERTY, SASKATCHEWAN, CANADA

Geophysical Survey At Appia’s Athabasca Basin Uranium Property Outlines EM Lineaments Exceeding 10 km In Strike Length

Appia Samples over 65 Metres of Continuous Uranium Mineralization at Surface on the Eastside Property and Identifies Ree-Bearing Pegmatite on the Loranger Property