Hathor Exploration

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Hathor Exploration Limited
Industry Uranium mining
Predecessor Longview Minerals Ltd.
Sixgill Minerals Ltd.
Founded June 28, 1996 (1996-06-28) in Alberta
Headquarters Vancouver, Canada
Parent Rio Tinto
Subsidiaries Northern Continental Resources Inc.
Roughrider Uranium Corp.
Terra Ventures Inc.
Website www.hathor.ca

Hathor Exploration Limited is a uranium exploration company based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Its exploration office is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Hathor's exploration projects concentrate on properties within the Athabasca Basin of Northern Saskatchewan, Canada.[1]

In 2009, Hathor Exploration was reported as having the sixth most significant exploration project in Saskatchewan (based on expenditures) and the 51st out of 100 in Canada at their Midwest NorthEast property in the Athabasca Basin, by Natural Resources Canada.[2]

The name Hathor was inspired by the ancient Egyptian goddess, who besides being one of the most important and popular deities throughout the history of Ancient Egypt,[3] was also the patron goddess of miners in ancient Egyptian culture.[4]


The company was founded on June 28, 1996 in Alberta as Longview Minerals Ltd. Following its inception, the company then moved out of Alberta and was renamed pursuant to the Canada Business Corporations Act under the name of Sixgill Minerals Ltd. on September 26, 1996. On May 28, 1997 the company changed its name to Hathor Exploration Limited.[5][6]

In 2006 Hathor Exploration completed the acquisition of Roughrider Uranium Corp. which led to the discovery of the Roughrider Deposit of the Midwest NorthEast property, and then in 2009 and 2011 respectively acquired Northern Continental Resources Inc.[7] and Terra Ventures Inc.[8] giving the company full control of both the Russell Lake and Midwest NorthEast properties.

On August 26, 2011, Cameco announced its intention to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Hathor Exploration Limited, and made an all-cash offer to shareholders of $3.75 CAD per Hathor share.[9] This announcement initiated a bidding process between Cameco Corp. and Rio Tinto which came to an end on November 30, 2011. Rio Tinto succeeded in its bid to acquire Hathor Exploration by obtaining 70.21% of the outstanding Hathor common shares on a fully diluted basis through their all-cash offer of $4.70 CAD per Hathor share.[10]

On January 12, 2012, Rio Tinto announced that it had successfully acquired 135,290,661 Hathor common shares, representing 100% of the outstanding Hathor common shares on a fully diluted basis. As a result, Hathor de-listed from the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Roughrider deposit and discovery[edit]

The most significant assets attributed to Hathor Exploration is the Midwest NorthEast Project and the Roughrider Deposit's multiple zones of uranium mineralization.

The Roughrider Deposit's West Zone was discovered in February 2008[1] with drill hole MWNE-08-12 which showed concentrations of up to 5.29% U3O8 over 3.3m.[11]

As of May 17, 2011, the Roughrider Deposit contained a NI 43–101 compliant combined resource (indicated and inferred) of 57.94 million pounds U3O8 (Resource estimates prepared by SRK Consulting (Canada) Inc., a division of SRK Consulting),[12][13] where intercepts have shown grades of up to 81.9% U3O8.[1] The resource estimates to date have only included the West and East zones of the Roughrider Deposit and not the recently discovered Far East Zone. The West Zone of mineralization currently accounts for 27.81 million pounds U3O8 at an average grade of between 1.98% (indicated) & 11.03% (inferred) U3O8,[12] while the larger East Zone currently accounts for 30.13 million pounds U3O8 of the total estimated resource at 11.58% U3O8.[13]

With all current resource estimates taken into account, the Roughrider Deposit is currently the third-highest grade uranium deposit in the world, following Cameco's McArthur River and Cigar Lake Deposits.[14]

The (RRZ)[expand acronym] of mineralization is located in the same region which also accommodates several other significant uranium deposits. Roughly 4 km to the southwest is the Midwest uranium deposit owned by AREVA Resources Canada Inc, Denison Mines Corp. and OURD Canada Co., Ltd. which contains 41.7 million pounds of U3O8 at a grade of 5.47%, and only 900 meters to the southwest is the Midwest A discovery (formerly known as the Mae Zone) which contains an additional 19.5 million pounds of U3O8 at a grade of 1.57%,[15] and is also owned jointly owned by AREVA Resources Canada Inc, Denison Mines Corp. and OURD Canada Co., Ltd.

Corporate activities[edit]

As a result of negotiations regarding either the acquisition and/or management of various properties Hathor Exploration Limited had previously entered into joint venture agreements, with Forum Uranium Corp., Northern Continental Resources Inc., Triex Minerals Corporation, Terra Ventures Inc.,[16] and ESO Uranium Corp. on various projects across Canada.

In March 2009, Hathor Exploration spun-out its Eskay Creek precious metals project to form the new company called Standard Exploration Ltd. (until October 7, 2010 known as MAX Minerals Ltd.) which now oversees all aspects of that project.[17]

In December, 2009 Hathor Exploration completed its acquisition of Northern Continental Resources Ltd. where through a financial agreement, Hathor became the owner of 100% of the interest in the Russell Lake property which is located 15 km northeast of the Key Lake mine/mill complex and 12 km southeast of the McArthur River uranium mine, which was previously divided between the two companies.[7]

On August 5, 2011, Hathor Exploration took full ownership and control of the issued and outstanding securities of Terra Ventures Incorporated. This arrangement consolidated a 100% interest in the Roughrider uranium deposit and 100% interest in the Russell Lake exploration project, located at either end, respectively, of the eastern corridor of the Athabasca Basin.[8]

Corporate governance[edit]

Corporate personnel at the time that the company was delisted from the Toronto Stock Exchange, were:

  • Mike Gunning, PhD, P. Geo., President, Chief Executive Officer & Director
  • James P. Malone, Director & Chairman of the Board & Chairman of the Special Committee
  • Jay Fredericks, Vice President of Project Development
  • Alistair McCready, PhD, P. Geo., Vice President of Exploration
  • Andriyko Herchak, CA, Chief Financial Officer
  • Benjamin Ainsworth, P.Eng, Advisor to the Board, Special Projects and New Business Opportunities
  • John Currie, CA, Director & Chairman of the Compensation Committee
  • Martin Glynn, Director & Chairman of the Audit Committee

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Profiles of Companies with Saskatchewan Mineral Exploration and Development Projects" (PDF). Saskatchewan Ministry of Energy and Resources. 2010. Retrieved 2011-07-04. 
  2. ^ "Map of the Top 100 Exploration and Appraisal Projects of 2009" (PDF). Natural Resources Canada. 2009. Retrieved 2010-04-21. 
  3. ^ The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt, Lorna Oakes, Southwater, p157-159, ISBN 1-84476-279-3
  4. ^ "Spotlights on the Exploitation and Use of Minerals and Rocks through the Egyptian Civilization". Egypt State Information Service. 2005. Retrieved 2010-04-20. 
  5. ^ "Hathor Exploration Limited Financial Statements March 31, 2001" (PDF). Davidson & Company, Chartered Accountants. 2001. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  6. ^ "Hathor Exploration Limited (A Development Stage Company) Interim Financial Statements December 31, 2001" (PDF). Staley, Okada, Chandler & Scott, Chartered Accountants. 2001. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  7. ^ a b "Press Release". Hathor Exploration Limited (Press release). December 4, 2009. 
  8. ^ a b "Press Release" (PDF). Hathor Exploration Limited (Press release). August 22, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Press Release". Cameco Corp. (Press release). August 26, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Press Release". Rio Tinto (Press release). December 1, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Saskatchewan Exploration and Development Highlights 2009" (PDF). Saskatchewan Ministry of Energy and Resources. 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-02-25. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  12. ^ a b "Technical Report for the Midwest NorthEast Project, Roughrider Zone, Saskatchewan". SRK Consulting (Canada) Inc. 2010. Retrieved 2011-02-11. 
  13. ^ a b "Mineral Resource Statement ("MRS") for the East Zone at the Roughrider Uranium Deposit" (PDF). Hathor Exploration Ltd. 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-10. 
  14. ^ "Nuclear Market Review, July 1, 2011 (In Focus – Hathor Exploration Advances Roughrider Deposit in Athabasca Basin)". TradeTech. 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-04. 
  15. ^ "Uranium in Canada, Future Mines: Midwest". World Nuclear Association. 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-21. 
  16. ^ "Terra Ventures Inc.: Summer Exploration Gearing Up at Russell Lake". Marketwire. 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-20. 
  17. ^ "Press Release". Hathor Exploration Limited (Press release). March 12, 2009. 

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