An Air Force helicopter was damaged following an accident in Hingurakgoda today, the Air Force said.The Air Force said the helicopter was damaged at the Hingurakgoda air base during a training exercise. The pilot of the helicopter was safe. Investigations have been launched into the incident. (Colombo Gazette)
Uranium Exploration Australia (UXA) has completed the transfer of all of the assets and intellectual property of the Prompt Fission Neutron (PFN) borehole logging tool manufacturing and service business previously agreed with GeoInstruments. The purchase further strengthens UXA’s fully-owned borehole logging business, Geoscience Associated Australia, which prior to this agreement was the sole Australian licensed distributor and servicer of PFN technology. The PFN borehole logging tool is unique in that it directly measures the content of uranium in boreholes, overcoming the problem of dis-equilibrium which limits the interpretation of uranium concentrations using gamma logging tools. It is becoming increasingly used within the uranium mining and exploration industries, and played a significant role in the discoveries of two of Australia’s largest uranium deposits, the Beverley mine and Four Mile deposits in South Australia.Commenting on the deal, UXA’s Managing Director Dr Russell Penney said, “The acquisition of GII’s business cements UXA’s unique position in PFN logging services, expanding our customer base beyond Australia to incorporate North America and potentially other countries. As agreed under the terms of the agreement signed in January, UXA has now paid a total cash consideration of $1,271,380 for the intellectual property, a number of completed and partially completed PFN tools and a fully equipped borehole logging truck. UXA has retained the services of Jim Turner on an ongoing basis, to provide technical consultancy and service to US clients of the PFN logging tools. UXA has established PFN manufacturing and servicing at GAA’s workshops in Mount Barker, South Australia under the direction of Dennis Stevens, CEO of GAA.PFN tools are being extensively used in Australia and the US to establish uranium grades at a number of uranium mines and exploration projects. The technology was originally developed in the US and has been extensively improved and streamlined for day to day borehole logging application by Jim Turner and GeoInstruments Inc in the US.UXA was formed to explore for and develop uranium and associated base and precious metal deposits, focusing principally on its ground holdings in the world class uranium provinces in South Australia and Northern Territory. UXA has an exploration joint venture with RIL Australia, a subsidiary of Reliance Industries, the largest private sector company in India. In July 2009 UXA announced the discovery of uranium mineralisation in a 3,000 m long structure within granite at Crystal Creek, on its Ngalia Thrust exploration licence in the Northern Territory, with recent RC percussion drilling showing intercepts up to 3m @ 346ppm U3O8.In February 2010 UXA announced the signing of an agreement with Rey Resources to explore for sandstone-hosted uranium at Myroodah in the Canning Basin, Western Australia.Geoscience Associates Australia is a borehole geophysical logging company principally working in the uranium and coal sectors in Australia. The UXA Group owns the worldwide rights to the Prompt Fission Neutron uranium logging tool which has a unique role to play in uranium deposits with disequilibrium.