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Eclipse Metals strikes aboriginal land right agreement on Devil's Elbow prospect

Eclipse Metals Ltd. reached an aboriginal land right agreement with the traditional owners of the land occupied by the Devil's Elbow uranium-gold-platinum group metals prospect, part of the company's Liverpool property in Australia's Northern Territory.

Eclipse Metals said Dec. 18 that the traditional owners granted consent for exploration and mining, with the agreement ratified by the Northern Land Council and awaiting Commonwealth Ministerial approval.

Upon receipt of this approval, Eclipse Metals said it will submit the application to the Northern Territory Department of Mines and Energy, which is expected to allow full access in early 2020.

The company said the Devil's Elbow prospect covers 1,414 square kilometers within the Alligator Rivers uranium field, where Rio Tinto, Cameco Australia Pty. Ltd. and Alligator Energy Ltd. also own significant exploration ground.