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Standard Uranium Outlines 2024 Exploration Plans & Granting of Stock Options & RSUs

Press Release

Vancouver, British Columbia, January 12, 2024 — Standard Uranium Ltd. (“Standard Uranium” or the “Company”) (TSX-V: STND) (OTCQB: STTDF) (Frankfurt: FWB:9SU) is pleased to announce its exploration plans for 2024, comprising multiple targeted exploration programs to continue advancing its uranium projects in the Athabasca Basin (the “Basin”), Saskatchewan, Canada towards discovery.

The Company holds nearly 200,000 acres of prime exploration real estate comprising eight projects across the prolific Athabasca Basin, which hosts the world’s highest grade uranium deposits (Figure 1). The Company boasts multiple turnkey, drill-ready projects across the Basin, with permits in hand, First Nations agreements signed, vendors secured, and highly prospective uranium targets.

2024 Exploration Objectives

  • Plan and operate at minimum, three drill programs on three projects across the Basin, two of which will be partner-funded and provide operator fees to the Company.
  • Complete initial exploration and geophysical programs on the newly acquired Rocas and Corvo projects.
  • Execute inaugural drill campaign(s) on Canary, Ascent, and Atlantic projects, ripe for discovery with untested targets.
  • Complete definitive option agreement(s) on one or more additional projects, securing exploration expenditures and non-dilutive cash-flow into the Company – Ascent project term sheet signed January 9.
  • 2024 will be the most ambitious year of exploration activities for the Company to date (Figure 2). The Company is well underway on preparations for drill campaigns, in addition to planning inaugural reconnaissance exploration on the Rocas and Corvo projects.

Jon Bey, CEO and Chairman of the Company, stated: “2024 will be the Company’s most comprehensive and exciting exploration season to date. We strongly believe the uranium market will be one of the few bright spots in the investment landscape and we are planning to apply a modern approach to historical data and deploy more advanced analysis techniques in the upcoming drill campaigns. We have our projects ready for drilling with our First Nations agreements in place, drill permits in hand, and our vendors contracted. With the uranium spot price breaking the $100/lb barrier yesterday, the timing is fantastic to be embarking on multiple drill programs as new investors enter the uranium trade.”

Figure 1. Overview of the Athabasca Basin, highlighting Standard Uranium’s projects.

Davidson River Project

In 2023, the Company expanded its flagship Davidson River project (“Davidson River”) in the southwest corner of the Basin to cover more than 37,700 hectares. Standard Uranium plans to follow up on prospective drilling results from 2022 and test brand new high-priority targets akin to the neighboring JR Zone discovery within the new southeast claim blocks.

  • Drilling in H2 2024 will comprise a follow-up campaign on Davidson River, located in the southwestern corner of the Basin.
  • The summer 2022 program revealed the best intersections of prospective alteration and structure to date along the Bronco and Thunderbird trends, including wide graphitic structural zones on Bronco and oxidized alteration on Thunderbird, in addition to elevated radioactivity and dravite alteration.
  • 2024 drilling will follow up on the most prospective basement structures and alteration zones intersected to date and begin testing new target areas within recently staked claim blocks.
  • Data-driven machine learning techniques will contribute to drill targeting at Davidson River through anomaly detection and mapping of electromagnetic (EM) data, in addition to anomaly matching based on known world-class uranium deposits in the area including the Arrow and Triple-R deposits. The machine learning techniques will also be applied to the Company’s internal drilling and geochemical databases.
  • Several kilometres of graphitic conductors remain to be tested at Davidson River, with Davidson River still containing massive blue-sky potential for high-grade discovery.

Sun Dog Project

The Company’s Sun Dog project (“Sun Dog”) has recently been optioned into a three-year earn in deal with Angold Resources Ltd. (“Angold”) and incorporated into one of the largest land holdings in the Uranium City area. A drill program funded by Angold is planned for H1 2024 to satisfy the year-one expenditure requirements, which will be operated for a fee by the Company.

  • Drilling will focus on land-based targets, with ice targets contingent on weather conditions. Targets are focused along the off-scale Haven trend, Skye and Java target areas, Mitchell Island, and along strike of the Gunnar mine:
  • Perched high-grade uranium mineralization present at surface on Sun Dog will be properly tested at depth, and the Company aims to discover the high-grade “roots” of these mineralizing systems in the basement rocks underlying the Athabasca sandstones.
  • The 2024 drill program is planned to follow up on the drilling conducted in 2022 & 2023, including intersections of dravite and illite/kaolinite clays, reactivated graphitic structures, hydrothermal brecciation, and anomalous uranium.

Canary Project

In addition to programs along the north- and southwest rims of the Basin, the Company has struck a definitive option agreement with Mamba Exploration Ltd. (“Mamba”) on its east side Canary project (“Canary”), 11km north of the high-grade Hurricane uranium deposit. The three-year earn-in deal stipulates Mamba to fund $6M in exploration expenditures during the earn-in period, with the inaugural drill program planned for spring 2024.

  • Mamba will fund the inaugural drill program at Canary on the east side of the Basin in H1 2024.
  • Drill targets are being prioritized on the Canary claims based on historic exploration and geophysical surveys completed in 2022. An inaugural spring 2024 drill program of approximately three to four drill holes is planned on Canary to ground truth historic uranium intersections and test new resistivity targets along strike.

Ascent Project

An inaugural drill program at the Company’s Ascent project (“Ascent”), is being planned for H1 2024. The Company has signed a Term Sheet on January 9, 2024 with Summit Fusion Pty. Ltd. (“Summit Fusion”) on its 3,737-hectare, east side Ascent project. The three-year earn-in deal stipulates Summit Fusion to fund $6M in exploration expenditures during the earn-in period, with the inaugural $1M drill program planned for spring 2024.

  • Summit Fusion will fund the inaugural $1M drill program at Ascent on the east side of the Basin in H1 2024.
  • Drill targets are being prioritized on the Ascent claims based on historic exploration and geophysical surveys completed in 2022. An inaugural spring 2024 drill program of approximately three to four drill holes is planned on Ascent to ground truth historic uranium intersections and test new resistivity targets along strike.
  • The Company completed a high-resolution airborne TDEM survey on the project in 2022, bolstering the historical EM corridors which identified significant structural disruptions presenting prime targets for uranium mineralization.

Atlantic Project

An inaugural drill program at the Company’s Atlantic project (“Atlantic”), is being planned for H2 2024, dependent on funding and/or execution of definitive option agreements with potential joint venture (“JV”) partners. Standard Uranium is well underway in JV discussions to unlock the potential for discovery at Atlantic in 2024.

Rocas & Corvo Projects

Boots-on-the-ground mapping, prospecting, and sampling programs are being planned on the Rocas and Corvo projects, contemporaneous with high-resolution geophysical surveys assisting in the development robust, shallow drill targets.

  • Ground-truth sample historical uranium showings at surface on both projects.
  • Upgrade EM data on Corvo through high-resolution airborne survey, collecting EM, magnetic, radiometric, and density (gravity) data simultaneously.
  • Refine main EM corridor on the Rocas project through targeted 3D resistivity grids.

Figure 2. Timeline of Standard Uranium’s proposed 2024 exploration plans

Permitting and First Nations and Metis Engagement

  • The Company continues to build strong relationships with First Nations and stakeholders in northern Saskatchewan communities through sustained engagement activities and meetings. Standard Uranium has received strong support of its exploration plans and activities on all its projects to date and will continue to ensure that any concerns are addressed, potential impacts mitigated, and that communities benefit from the Company’s activities through support of local business, employment and training opportunities, and support of communal programs and initiatives.
  • The Company holds active exploration permits for all planned projects in 2024.
  • Standard has engaged all key vendors to execute the 2024 exploration plans across all projects despite competitive conditions in the industry.

Sean Hillacre, President and VP Exploration commented: “The technical team and I are very enthusiastic for the upcoming year of exploration in 2024, which is poised to be our most exciting to date. We significantly expanded our Athabasca portfolio last year and generated exceptional geoscience targets to explore for high-grade uranium deposits during our 2024 exploration programs. We look forward to driving our projects forward with our new partners.”

Neil McCallum, Lead Technical Director, stated: “2024 is expected to be a very active year for Standard Uranium, with several opportunities to make a new discovery in the Basin. I’m proud to say that Standard have built the foundations for success by accumulating high quality projects, talented exploration professionals and have been leaders in cultivating constructive local First Nations partnerships. We have also combined the innovative talents of consultants such as ALS GoldSpot with the industry-leading drilling contractors to maximize our chances for success.”

Grant of Compensation Securities

The Company also announces that, pursuant to its Omnibus Incentive Plan, it has granted stock options (the “Options”) to certain directors, management, and consultants of the Company to purchase an aggregate of 2,230,000 common shares of the Company at the price of $0.06 per common share until January 12, 2029. The Options will vest in intervals over a period of twelve months from the date of grant.

In addition to the Options, the Company has also granted 3,725,000 restricted share units (the “RSUs”) to certain directors and senior officers of the Company. The RSUs entitle the holder to receive one common share, the cash equivalent or a combination thereof upon vesting. The RSUs will vest on January 12, 2025.

The scientific and technical information contained in this news release, including the sampling, analytical and test data underlying the technical information contained in this news release, has been reviewed, verified, and approved by Sean Hillacre, P.Geo., President & VP Exploration of the Company and a “qualified person” as defined in NI 43-101.

For further information contact:

Jon Bey, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman

1030 West Georgia Street, Suite 918

Vancouver, BC V6E 2Y3

Tel: 1 (306) 850-6699



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