Eastside stands as a testament to the pioneering spirit and dedication of geological experts, under the leadership of Dr. Irvine R. Annesley, P.Geo. Dr. Annesley’s distinguished reputation as an academic leader within Saskatchewan’s REE and uranium industry underscores the calibre of individuals dedicated to this project’s success.
Eastside’s mission goes beyond resource exploration; it embodies a commitment to a cleaner, more sustainable future and the economic prosperity of Saskatchewan’s local communities. This endeavour ensures that Eastside’s uranium resources are harnessed for the benefit of all, contributing to a brighter and more eco-conscious world.
Eastside’s operations hold the potential for a positive impact on local First Nations Athabasca Basin Residents. Work, resource discovery, and employment expansion serve as cornerstones of Appia’s commitment to fostering economic growth and sustainability within these communities.
The project aspires to bolster Saskatchewan’s uranium supply, aiming to solidify the province’s pivotal role in the global nuclear energy sector.
Aiming to support the global shift towards cleaner energy usage remains a goal. Eastside’s focus on delineating uranium resources aligns with the growing demand for nuclear reactors, crucial for applications in submarines, medical, industrial, and defense systems.
As the world transitions to cleaner and more sustainable energy sources, Appia aims to play a central role in meeting global demand by harnessing uranium resources found at its four uranium properties, including Eastside.
Economic growth within Saskatchewan, particularly for the First Nations Athabasca Basin Residents, is a key focus. The discovery of uranium resources at Appia’s uranium properties stimulates economic development, job creation, and empowerment of local communities.
Eastside recognizes the rising global demand for uranium, particularly as countries seek reliable, low-carbon energy sources. Nuclear power’s role in reducing carbon emissions and ensuring a stable energy supply has garnered renewed interest, and Eastside is poised to responsibly meet this demand while safeguarding the environment.
Eastside derives immense advantages from its strategic proximity to Cameco’s Rabbit Lake uranium mill and Eagle Point mine operations, situated approximately 28 kilometres west of Appia’s Eastside property. This advantageous location fosters operational synergy and resource optimization, contributing to the efficiency and success of exploration endeavours.
The Eastside project makes smart use of helicopter support, providing rapid and efficient access that enhances the overall productivity of our exploration and operational activities. This approach optimizes the ability to reach various key sites swiftly.
Situated near essential transportation infrastructure, Eastside enjoys year-round accessibility by both plane and ice road. This strategic location ensures that our operations can continue seamlessly throughout the year, offering logistical convenience and operational continuity.
Nestled within the Archean-aged Peter Lake Domain, our property hosts platinum group elements (PGE) including gold, copper, and REE. This ancient domain has seen the discovery of various surface uranium occurrences. Picture a geologic tapestry showcasing a sequence of rocks: from the Paleoproterozoic Wathaman Batholith’s granitic intrusion of neoArchean gabbroic and dioritic lithologies, adorned with ultramafic rocks (the hornblende-rich ones are a favourite). Add to this Archean granodioritic to tonalitic migmatitic gneiss, a variety of younger granitoid rocks and gneisses, all intruded by Pegmatite weaving through this canvas. Notably, the presence of Uranium-Thoruim-REE-rich pegmatites echoes the signature of sub-Athabasca high-grade basement-hosted uranium deposits. Our property, situated about 85 km east of the Athabasca Basin margin, defies convention by embracing a near-surface uranium deposit model. Hosted by pegmatites, the uranium mineralization discovered to date doesn’t rely on Athabasca Basin cover.
Embarking on the journey of discovery at Eastside is a dynamic process powered by a sophisticated complement of advanced exploration tools and expertise, acting as a toolkit, leading us toward mineral findings and innovative insights.
In the initial stages of mineral exploration, the pivotal roles of field reconnaissance and prospecting, enable the gathering of crucial geological data. Field reconnaissance initiates as a preliminary phase, where our skilled geologists and exploration teams conduct a thorough visual inspection of the terrain. This involves mapping geological formations, capturing detailed photographs, and collecting basic rock and soil samples for initial analysis, laying the groundwork for a foundational understanding of the geological setting.
Transitioning into prospecting, a more detailed and systematic exploration unfolds. Our geologists hone in on specific areas exhibiting signs of potential mineralization. This entails systematic sampling, deploying geophysical surveys to detect subsurface anomalies, and conducting geochemical surveys to analyze soil and rock samples for their composition. Additionally, trenching may be employed to expose subsurface geology. The overarching goal remains to identify areas with economic mineral deposits.
Both field reconnaissance and prospecting stand as integral steps in the exploration process, not only aiding in pinpointing potential targets but also providing valuable data for subsequent exploration phases. The insights garnered from these activities serve as a guiding force for our ongoing exploration efforts, allowing us to prioritize areas for more in-depth study in our continual quest to discover and understand mineral resources.