(Market Wire, March 6) – Uranerz Energy Corporation is pleased to announce that Mr. Bernard Bonifas has joined Uranerz as Mine Manager at the Company’s Nichols Ranch ISR Uranium Project in the Powder River Basin of Wyoming, U.S.A.
Mr. Bonifas has over 29 years of experience in the uranium business and he was most recently Operations Manager at Urtek [LLC], a Company in partnership with Cameco Corporation (“Cameco”), where he spearheaded the operation of an innovative pilot facility that recovered unused uranium from phosphate. Prior to his work with Urtek, Mr. Bonifas was Acting General Manager at Cameco Resources, a subsidiary of Cameco, where he was responsible for the oversight of their Smith Ranch-Highland and North Butte ISR uranium mines. Prior to his employment with Cameco, Mr. Bonifas spent nearly 26 years with Areva (and its predecessor company, Cogema) where he managed ISR uranium operations in Texas and Wyoming as well as mine and mill reclamation projects in the U.S.A. and Africa. As part of his roles at Areva and Cameco Resources, he also provided technical support to their respective ISR uranium projects in Kazakhstan.
Mr. Bonifas has been involved in virtually every aspect of the uranium mining industry and his experience includes exploration, construction, production, and restoration of depleted mines.
Mr. Paul Goranson, Uranerz’ President and Chief Operating Officer commented, “We are very pleased to add a Mine Manager of Mr. Bonifas’ caliber to our production team and believe that his industry knowledge and experience will benefit Uranerz.”
Uranerz Energy Corporation is a U.S.-domiciled uranium company. The Company’s Nichols Ranch Unit is its first ISR uranium mine. Uranerz controls a large strategic land position in the central Powder River Basin of Wyoming. The Company’s management team has specialized expertise in the ISR uranium mining method and a record of licensing, constructing and operating ISR uranium projects. The Company has entered into long-term uranium sales contracts for a portion of its planned production with Exelon and one other of the largest nuclear utilities in the country.