SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Sept. 18, 2008) -
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Cameco Corporation announced today it has updated the 2008 production forecast for the combined McArthur River/Key Lake operations. Uranium ore is mined at McArthur River and subsequently milled at Key Lake (Cameco's share of production is approximately 70%).
The Key Lake mill completed a three-week planned maintenance shutdown on August 9, 2008. Restarting the mill was a longer process than anticipated due to equipment challenges experienced during startup. The issues have been resolved with equipment upgrades that are expected to improve future performance.
After reviewing production progress to date, Cameco anticipates its share of uranium production may be up to 0.8 million pounds less than the 13.1 million pounds previously anticipated. The McArthur River mine continues to produce ore as planned.
Today's announcement does not affect the 2009 production estimate for Cameco's share of the McArthur River/Key Lake operations which is still 13.1 million pounds.
Cameco's uranium deliveries to customers will continue as planned.
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Statements contained in this news release which are not current statements or historical facts are "forward-looking information" (as defined under Canadian securities laws) and "forward-looking statements" (as defined in the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended) which may be material and that involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by them. The statements above regarding the estimate for 2008 and 2009 uranium production from McArthur River/Key Lake and certain other statements about future events are forward-looking information and are based upon the following key assumptions and subject to the following material risk factors that could cause results to differ materially: we have assumed that the company will be able to achieve the forecast production, but that is subject to the risk of our inability to do so; we have assumed there is no disruption or reduction in production due to labour disputes, inclement weather conditions, fire, floods, underground floods, earthquakes, cave-ins, rock falls, unexpected or challenging geological or hydrological conditions, adverse mining conditions, tailings pipeline or dam failures, availability of reagents and supplies critical to production, equipment failure, and other development and operating risks (collectively "Production Risks), but that is subject to the risk that production could be disrupted or reduced due to the occurrence of one or more of the Production Risks; we have assumed the successful transition to a new mining zone at McArthur River in 2009, but that is subject to the risk that the transition is not successful or delayed; we have assumed that the company is able to obtain or maintain the necessary approvals from government authorities to achieve the forecast production, but that is subject to the risk that the company will be unable to obtain or maintain the necessary government approvals. No assurance can be given that the indicated quantities will be produced. Expected future production estimates are inherently uncertain and could change materially over time.
The forward-looking information and statements included in this news release represent Cameco's views as of the date of this news release and should not be relied upon as representing Cameco's views as of any subsequent date. While Cameco anticipates that subsequent events and developments may cause its views to change, Cameco specifically disclaims any intention or obligation to update forward-looking information and statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except to the extent required by applicable securities laws.
Forward-looking information and statements contained in this news release regarding the estimate of 2008 and 2009 uranium production from McArthur River/Key Lake noted above is presented for the purpose of assisting Cameco shareholders in understanding management's views about current outcomes, and may not be appropriate for future other purposes.
There can be no assurance that forward-looking information and statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could vary, or differ materially, from those anticipated in them. Accordingly, readers of this news release should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information and statements.
The disclosure of scientific and technical information regarding McArthur River/Key Lake in this news release was prepared by or under the supervision of the following qualified persons for the purpose of National Instrument 43-101:
- David Bronkhorst, general manager, McArthur River operation
- Les Yesnik, general manager, Key Lake operation
Cameco, with its head office in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, is the world's largest uranium producer. The company's uranium products are used to generate electricity in nuclear energy plants around the world, providing one of the cleanest sources of energy available today. Cameco's shares trade on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges.
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