ORANO MINING NAMIBIA
Orano Mining Namibia is part of the ORANO Group, a reliable and competitive long-term uranium supplier with a large volume of reserves. The group has more than twenty years worth of production visibility, and thus guarantees its customers a long-term supply of uranium for the purpose of electricity production.
The ORANO Group has a diverse portfolio of mining activities, such as exploration programs in Canada, Mongolia, Niger, and Kazakhstan; and mining projects in different stages of development such as Zu Zuuvch Ovoo in Mongolia, Imouraren in Niger and Trekkopje Mine in Namibia, which is under Care and Maintenance since July 2013.
ORANO has operating mines in Niger (SOMAÏR), in Canada (McArthur River and Cigar Lake operated by Cameco), the McClean Lake processing mill, and in Kazakhstan (Katco). Lastly, the group has dismantled installations and remediated sites in France, Gabon, the USA and Canada. It ensures the remediation and environmental monitoring in compliance with very strict environmental standards. ORANO’s mining activities are driven by the ambition of achieving profitable, socially responsible, environment-friendly growth with the focus on process development and optimisation, on safety, occupational health and on protection of the environment.
ORANO supplies high added-value products and services to support the operation of the global nuclear fleet. The company is present throughout the entire nuclear cycle, from uranium mining to spent fuel recycling, including nuclear reactor design and operating services. ORANO is recognized by utilities around the world for its expertise, its skills in cutting-edge technologies and its dedication to the highest level of safety. ORANO’s 40 000 employees are helping to build tomorrow’s energy model: supplying ever safer, cleaner and more economical energy to the greatest number of people.
The Trekkopje Mine is situated 70 km northeast of Swakopmund in the Erongo Region. Since 2005, the calcrete-hosted deposit has been developed in three phases, as it presents a technical challenge due to its low uranium content and the use of alkaline heap leaching. The Trekkopje Mine remaines under Care and Maintenance. However, Orano will be able to exploit the Trekkopje deposit once the recovery in the uranium market materializes at the required level, since 80% of the investments to develop the mine have already been made, and the advanced processing knowledge acquired through metallurgical testing has realized further potential for efficiency improvements.
Orano’s Erongo Deaslination Plant continues to contribute to water supply security in the Erongo Region.
ORANO has engaged with stakeholders at local, regional and national level in the areas of economic development, education, culture and sport and complies with the Namibian Government’s HARAMBEE Prosperity Plan. The company is commited to Namibia’s development and continuously implements it’s established corporate social responsibility programmes.