Areva suspends Trekkopje uranium mine project

Thank you Dr. Dr Ayoub Abu-Dayyeh for your comment which caused me to look at Namibian uranium news.
Areva suspends Trekkopje uranium mine project

Areva has decided to suspend the Trekkopje uranium mine project. The company hopes to resume the project in 2016, if the uranium price recovers sufficiently.

Areva revised the resource estimate for the Trekkopje deposit from 45,200 t U to 26,000 t U, since chemical analysis of ore samples showed much lower uranium concentrations than expected from radiometric monitoring, in particular for low grade ores. The production cost estimate for the mine thus increases, correspondingly.

Rumours already started in October Areva planned to abandon the Trekkopje uranium mine project as part of a massive restructuring program that is to be set up in reaction to a drop in demand caused by the German nuclear phase-out and the Fukushima disaster.

Meanwhile, the future of the Areva Desalination Plantis also uncertain. Last year in December the Namibia Economist reported that NamWater, is yet to finalise an agreement with the Erongo Desalination Company for the uptake of excess water from the country’s first desalination plant, despite warnings of a looming water shortage in the Erongo region due to a proliferation of uranium mines.

Hilifa Mbako, country liaison manager for AREVA Resources Namibia, said then that AREVA is currently engaged in advanced negotiations with NamWater regarding the utilisation of the excess water from the plant.

The Erongo Desalination Company, a 50:50 joint venture between AREVA Resources Namibia and the United Africa Group, has been talking to potential takers of excess water from its desalination plant since the plant was commissioned in April.

The plant has a current capacity of 20 million m3 water per annum and AREVA’s Trekkopje Mine, expected to be in full production in 2012 will only use 13 million m3 water per annum from the plant.

Mbako could not how ever be drawn to reveal whether water from the desalination plant, the first in the country, will be cheaper than water supplied by NamWater.

“As the EDC plant was only commissioned in April this year, it is too early to make a comparative analysis. What is however known, is the fact the acquifers that have supplied water to the Erongo region for many years are running perilously dry,” Mbako said.

Since then there has been no new information about the desalination plant, nor is it certain whether the cut-backs introduced by Areva this week will also affect the plant and, if so, to what extent. 2011 report. end quote.

Dr Ayoub Abu-Dayyeh Says:
August 23, 2012 at 7:24 am
Mining Uranium has not improved the well being of the Namibian people, not to mention its disastrous impact on the environment.Thanks God Areva has suspended mining till 2016 at Trekkopie. With all the Sun`s intensity in Africa, why on Earth would we seek nuclear devastation?

Thank you for your information Doctor Abu-Dayeh.

Solar Project Aims to Becomes Largest in West Africa
By Steve Leone, Associate Editor,
October 25, 2011

DALLAS, Texas — An American-based investment group has secured a power purchase agreement with the Namibian government to build a 500-megawatt photovoltaic power plant near the capital of Windhoek.

If built, the plant would represent the largest solar installation in West Africa, and could eventually include wind generation and grow up to 1 gigawatt. The group, led by Washington-based project developer SSI Energy Solutions (SSIES), is the parent company of Africa Energy Corp., which was set up for the Namibia project. Partners in the project include former SunEdison CEO Jigar Shah, Tom Amis and Nik Patesh of clean-energy law firm Cooley LLP, Eric Henderson of the Beacon Group and Adam Stern and Gary Kleiman of The Gemstone Group.

The company is now working to strike a deal with an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor. According to the company, construction costs are expected to be between $1.6 billion and $2 billion. Once a deal is in place, the company says it can break ground in January, with a plan for completion within one to two years.

The project is far bigger than any solar project currently online in the southern hemisphere. South Africa, which borders Namibia, has garned the most interest in the region for large-scale developments.

Namibia, which gained its independence from South Africa in 1990, is known for its stable democratically elected parliament and was seen by the group as ideal for a development of this size.

The nation of more than 2 million residents relies heaving on coal imports from its neighbors – South Africa to the south and Botswana to the east. However, shortages have strained the economy. The project could position the Namibian government, which controls the utility, to use electricity from the project to power municipalities and mining operations, as well as ports and airport facilities.

Solar Energy

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3 Responses to “Areva suspends Trekkopje uranium mine project”

  1. CaptD Says:

    Africa needs massive Solar not nuclear or more poisoned land from mining!

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