Ranger mine ends processing operations

Processing operations at Energy Resources of Australia’s (ERA) Ranger mine ended today in accordance with legislative and regulatory requirements. The mine, which is in the Northern Territory (NT), was Australia’s longest continually operating uranium producer. “Ranger has been a major supplier to global energy markets as well as being a key contributor to the Kakadu …

Australia’s Ranger uranium mine ceases production

Era has operated the Ranger mine since 1980, producing about 132,000 tonnes of uranium oxide. (Image courtesy of Energy Resources of Australia.) Energy Resources of Australia (ASX: ERA) has ceased production at its Ranger uranium mine in the country’s Northern Territory after 40 years of operations. The company will now move to the rehabilitation phase …

Top uranium miner Kazatomprom sells 49% interest in two mines to China’s CGN

The world’s largest uranium producer Kazatomprom and China’s CGN Mining announced today that Kazatomprom will sell to CGN up to a 49% interest in its wholly owned subsidiary, Ortalyk, on market terms determined by a third-party valuation. Ortalyk owns 100% interest in the Mynkuduk and Zhalpak uranium deposits in Kazakhstan. Mynkuduk has a designed capacity …

Kazatomprom extends reduced operations

JSC National Atomic Company Kazatomprom has today announced it is extending for one month its reduction in operations due to COVID-19. Kazakhstan’s government last week announced a second two-week lockdown after a national surge in coronavirus cases followed the lifting of an earlier lockdown. Kazatomprom announced in April that it was reducing the number of employees …

Building a Uranium Reserve: The First Step in Preserving the U.S. Nuclear Fuel Cycle

The U.S. nuclear industry is coming off its best year ever. Electricity production from nuclear plants hit at an all-time high in 2019 as we led the world in generating more than 809 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity, which is enough to power more than 66 million homes. Yet, despite operating the largest fleet of reactors in …

Namibia Halts Mining Operations to Curb Spread of Covid-19

Namibia halted mining and quarrying operations to curb the spread of the Covid-19 outbreak, according to Minister of Mines and Energy Tom Alweendo. The semi-arid southwest African nation is the world’s top producer of marine diamonds and the fifth-biggest of uranium. While minimal operations and critical maintenance work will be allowed, employers should ensure that …