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The San Rafael Project is a Development stage, conventional uranium project located in east-central Emery County, Utah, USA. The property is located on the eastern side of the San Rafael Swell in east-central Utah, approximately 140 air miles southeast of Salt Lake City. The San Rafael Project is 100% owned by Pinion Ridge Mining LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Western Uranium and Vanadium Corp. ("Western Uranium").

The San Rafael Uranium Project land position is comprised of a contiguous claim block covered by 146 unpatented federal lode mining claims, located on approximately 2,900 acres of land administered by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in sections 13, 14, 23, 24, 25, 26, and 35, T21S, R14E, SLPM, Emery County, Utah.

Energy Fuels Inc. (“Energy Fuels”) became operator of the San Rafael Project and Western Uranium acquired the project from Energy Fuels in August of 2014.

The San Rafael Royalty is a 2% net smelter return royalty on portions of the San Rafael property.

The San Rafael Royalty does not apply to the entire project area for the San Rafael Project. The San Rafael Royalty is applicable only to the 136 GM unpatented federal lode mining claims that comprise the majority of the project.  

Unless otherwise indicated, the information herein regarding the San Rafael Project is derived from a historic technical report prepared for Pinon Ridge Mining LLC titled "NI 43-101 Technical Report on the San Rafael Uranium Project" with an effective date of November 19, 2014 (the "Historic San Rafael Technical Report"). The Company is treating such estimate as historical in nature and notes that a qualified person has not done sufficient work to classify the historical estimates as current mineral resources. The Company is referencing such historic estimate for illustrative purposes, as the Company believes it provides readers with relevant information regarding the San Rafael Project. There are numerous uncertainties inherent in the historical estimate, which is subject to all of the assumptions, parameters and methods used to prepare such historical estimate.

In its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021, Western Uranium indicates that further permitting the project would be the next steps for the project. The San Rafael Uranium Project is currently being held as a property that is exploratory in nature with no identified reserves.

The Deep Gold deposit was originally discovered by Continental Oil Company (Conoco) and Pioneer Uravan geologists in the late 1960s and 1970s to early 1980s, respectively. Exploration drilling was conducted just east of the core of the Tidwell Mineral Belt and north-northeast of the Acerson Mineral Belt. The area containing the deposits was considered to contain highly prospective paleo trunk stream channel trends. Some of the larger historic producing mines in the area were Atlas Minerals’ Snow, Probe, and Lucky Mines. The deposit in the San Rafael Project is an open concordant, channel-controlled, sandstone-hosted, trend type, with mineralization hosted in the upper sandstone sequence of the Salt Wash Member of the Upper Jurassic Morrison Formation. Depth to mineralization at the Deep Gold deposit in Section 23 averages 800 feet, with hole depths averaging approximately 1,000 feet.

In addition to Conoco, Pioneer Uravan, and Atlas Minerals, the US Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) and other companies (Union Carbide, Energy Fuels Nuclear, and others) conducted exploration drilling and mining in the area.

The Tidwell Mineral Belt and the San Rafael Uranium District have been the sites of considerable historic exploration drilling and production, with over 4 million pounds of uranium and 5.4 million pounds of vanadium produced. Production from the Snow, immediately up dip of the Deep Gold deposit, which produced for nine years, starting in March 1973 and ending in January of 1982, consisted of 650,292 pounds of U3O8 contained in 173,330 tons of material at an average grade of 0.188% U3O8.

The Historic San Rafael Technical Report stated a combined a project-wide historical resource of 758,000 tons @ 0.225% U3O8 containing 3,404,600 lbs U3O8 in the indicated category and 453,800 tons @ 0.205% U3O8 containing 1,859,500 lbs U3O8 in the inferred category.