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Vol 51 No 5

Published 5th March 2010


Uranium battleground

The race to develop new uranium mines in the central Namib Desert is led by France’s nuclear giant Areva, pursued by smaller Australian and Canadian exploration companies. Areva plans to bring Namibia’s third uranium mine, Trekkopje, into production next year, behind schedule because of difficulties with new technology for processing very low-grade ore. Australia’s Extract Resources and Bannerman Resources are planning large mines at their Rossing South and Etango projects in adjoining licence areas.

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