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In Argentina, uranium prospection and/or exploration is being performed by Calypso Uranium Corp. external link, Cameco Corp., Energía Mineral S.A. external link, Pacific Bay Minerals Ltd. external link, U3O8 Corp. external link, International Mineral Resources Ltd., Patagonia Resources Ltd., United Energy Metals S.A., Laramide Resources Ltd., Wealth Minerals Ltd. external link, Madero Minerals S.A., Globe Metals & Mining Ltd external link, Yamiri Gold and Energy Inc. external link, Portal Resources Ltd. external link, Cascadero Copper Corporation external link, Strategic Resources Ltd. external link, Argentina Uranium Corp. external link, Blue Sky Uranium Corp. external link, Areva, Minera Cielo Azul S.A. external link, Areva, Uranio AG external link, Uranio del Sur S.A. external link, Mercator Gold plc external link, Cauldron Energy Ltd external link, UrAmerica PLC external link, Concordia Resource Corp. external link, Caudillo Resources S.A., Mercest SA, Empresa de Energía y Minerales Sociedad del Estado, Avocet Resources Limited external link

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Catamarca province

Thousands protest in Catamarca against uranium mining

On Nov. 6, 2007, thousands of people marched in the central square of the city of Tinogasta to protest against uranium mining projects in the west of Catamarca province. (Los Andes/El Ancasti Nov. 7, 2007)
Argentina's atomic energy commission CNEA has postponed uranium exploration that was underway in Catamarca province due to a lack of budget. (BNamericas Nov. 27, 2007)

 

Chubut province

Laguna Salada project, Chubut

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Continuous surface mining scenario to be contemplated for Laguna Salada deposit: The Laguna Salada Project is a near-surface, free-digging deposit. Mineralization lies within three metres of surface in soft, pebbly gravel that requires no blasting before mining and no crushing prior to beneficiation. The soft gravel could be excavated with a continuous surface miner, which is the preferred option being contemplated in the Preliminary Economic Assessment expected for release in Q4 2013.
"One could picture the continuous surface mining concept as a long shallow trench that migrates sideways across a gravel plain with gravel being removed from the leading edge of the trench, washed, and replaced on the trailing edge. This mining option would be expected to see 95% of the original gravel returned to the excavated area, reshaped to its original topography and revegetated with shrubs transplanted from the advancing side of the trench. After mining, there would be little evidence that mining had occurred." (U3O8 Corp. Sep. 26, 2013)

 

Areva considers construction of uranium mill in southern Argentina

Areva NC is investigating options regarding uranium resources in southern Argentina and is in cooperation with various owners including Urex Energy Corporation external link to support a potential central process facility. A minimum mineable uranium reserve necessary to support such a process facility is estimated at 22 million pounds of eU3O8 [8,462 t U]. The concept is that the mining of a number of satellite uranium ore bodies, controlled by different owners, would provide uranium ore feed to the central milling facility. Urex Energy Corp. is conducting uranium exploration in the Chubut Province adjacent to Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica's (CNEA) Cerro Solo uranium deposit. (Urex Energy Corporation March 24, 2009; on Feb. 10, 2010, Urex Energy Corp. reported that it has sold its Argentine subsidiary; and on July 22, 2010, the company changed its name to Mustang Geothermal Corp.)

 

Cerro Solo, Chubut

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CNEA seeks to clarify Cerro Solo strategy early 2005: Argentina's atomic energy commission, the CNEA, will clarify early in 2005 its strategy for restarting work at its Cerro Solo uranium deposit in the southern province of Chubut, according to CNEA geology chief Luis López. The strategy will involve forming a partnership with a private company, launching a new auction for the project or seeking a third, as yet unclear alternative, López said. (BNamericas Dec 8, 2004)

Further delay ahead for Cerro Solo sell-off: Argentina's atomic energy commission (CNEA) will not be able to proceed with the sell-off of the Cerro Solo uranium deposit in Chubut province until the beginning of 2004 due to a change of provincial government after elections on November 2, 2003. The CNEA will have to wait for the new parliament in the southern province to define the area around Cerro Solo as an exclusion zone with respect to a law prohibiting open-pit mining there. (BNamericas Sep 10, 2003)

Additional interested parties will be sought in a new auction, to be held in 45-60 days, for the Cerro Solo uranium deposit, according to a source from the National Commission of Atomic Energy (CNEA). The CNEA earlier rejected a bid from the consortium of mining company Mining World and Canadian consultant John Thomson because "it did not comply with the tender's requirements". The Cerro Solo deposit, in Chubut province, has 4600 tonnes U3O8 (3900 tU) in reserves, including 2600 tonnes U3O8 (2205 tU) proven and 2000 tonnes U3O8 (1696 tU) probable. The proven ore grade is estimated at about 0.35% U3O8. (UI News Briefing 01.14, April 4, 2001; CNN March 27, 2001)

 

Jujuy province

Opposition against uranium mining in Jujuy: Los Vecinos Autoconvocados de Tilcara y Juella external link

Protest against uranium exploration in UNESCO World Heritage area Quebrada de Humahuaca (Jujuy province)

Residents file appeal to Supreme Court to prevent mining in UNESCO World Heritage area Quebrada de Humahuaca: The organisation Los Vecinos Autoconvocados de Tilcara y Juella presents today a special federal appeal to the Supreme Court of Justice, asking for the cancellation of prospecting and exploration permits in the Quebrada de Humahuaca. On March 21, 2014, the Superior Court of Jujuy (TSJ) had rejected the request of the residents of Tilcara and Juella to stop open-pit mining in the Quebrada de Humahuaca.
Last year, Uranio del Sur SA sold its properties to Electrum Resources SA [100% owned by ECR Minerals plc external link]. (Jujuy al Día, Apr. 23, 2014)

Judicial hearing on open pit mining in the Quebrada de Humahuaca suspended: The Administrative Court of Jujuy, chaired by Judge Sebastián Damiano, decided to suspend the hearing scheduled for Tuesday February 28, on the appeal filed by Los Vecinos Autoconvocados de Tilcara y Juella to stop the opening of a surface mine. The suspension was at the request of the company Uranio del Sur S.A., who intends to carry out the exploitation of uranium in the Quebrada de Humahuaca. (Jujuy al Día, Feb. 29, 2012)

On Dec. 6, 2011, Uranio AG, the Swiss parent company of Uranio del Sur S.A., went bankrupt. (Swiss Commercial Register Jan. 4, 2012)

High court halts uranium mining project in UNESCO World Heritage area Quebrada de Humahuaca: An Argentine high court halted the project of a foreign company to mine uranium in an open-pit mine in Quebrada de Humahuaca in the northern part of the country, declared a World Heritage of Humanity site in 2003, the local press said Saturday (Apr. 24). The decision of the Supreme Court of Jujuy province external link, handed down in February but made known to the interested parties just this week, favored the suit for protection filed by inhabitants and environmentalists of the town of Tilcara, which is near Quebrada de Humahuaca. It denied a ruling by a court of appeals favorable to the interests of the mining company Uranio del Sur, and also obliges the company to show that its project would not contaminate the environment.
The Supreme Court of Jujuy halted the mining project "until it is shown that there is no possibility or certain danger that the work carried out in the area will cause contamination or environmental damage," according to the court ruling published in the Buenos Aires newspaper Pagina/12. The court said that "it is the duty of judges" to immediately "make effective the judicial protection of the reserve and of the collective interests" of the villages near the Quebrada de Humahuaca. In that sense, the ruling said that what must be protected is "the fundamental human right to a healthy, uncontaminated environment, doing whatever is necessary" to secure it.
"It is an absurd contradiction to allow further exploitation, such as open-pit mining, in a reserve declared a World Cultural and Natural Heritage of Humanity site" by UNESCO, it said. The court also warned that the title of World Heritage of Humanity "can be revoked" and if that happened "it would surely damage the tourism infrastructure now in place" in the Quebrada de Humahuaca, a deep, narrow ravine between peaks of the Andes. Uranio del Sur is a subsidiary of Switzerland-based Uranio AG, the majority shareholder of Canadian mining company Rome Resources Ltd., according to the suit brought by environmentalists and local inhabitants. (Latin American Herald Tribune Apr. 25, 2010)

On May 7, 2009, 2000 persons held a protest march from Juella to Tilcara against uranium exploration in the Quebrada de Humahuaca area. (Vecinos Autoconvocados May 7, 2009)

The opponents of uranium exploration are planning to hold a protest march from Juella to Tilcara on May 7, 2009. This same day, the NGO Los Vecinos Autoconvocados de Tilcara will file its appeal with the Superior Court of Justice in San Salvador de Jujuy. (Jujuy al día May 5, 2009)

After losing their case against the mining exploration permits in the Quebrada de Humahuaca area before the administrative court, the NGO Los Vecinos Autoconvocados de Tilcara now plans to file an appeal with the Superior Court of Justice. (Jujuy al día April 28, 2009)

By judicial order, the Provincial Government of Jujuy suspended on Aug. 7, 2008, the proceedings of mining exploration in the zone of Tilcara. It also decided to restrain the orders of prospection in the region of the Yungas. (Clarín Aug. 8, 2008)

On August 1, 2008, the NGO Los Vecinos Autoconvocados de Tilcara sued the Province of Jujuy in administrative court over the mining exploration permits issued in the Quebrada de Humahuaca area. (Vecinos Autoconvocados Aug. 3, 2008)

On July 10, 2008, two thousand residents of several localities of Quebrada de Humahuaca held a manifestation in Tilcara against uranium exploration permits awarded to Uranio del Sur SA in the UNESCO World Heritage area external link. (Clarín July 12, 2008)

 

La Rioja province

Quebrada de Alipán, Sierra de Velasco, uranium exploration project

Protestors against uranium mining project block highway in La Rioja: Residents of La Rioja today (Mar. 17) blocked the national route 38 to protest against the water shortage, for which they blame the mining operations being conducted a few kilometers away by the National Atomic Energy Commission (CNEA).
Residents say the lack of water in the region began with the start of 11 projects searching for uranium for the official body about 15 kilometers from the capital of La Rioja, the most populous city in the province. The water shortage began in August last year and worsened during the summer; it coincides with the rise of the large uranium mining project in Quebrada de Alipán, according to the protestors. (Los Andes Mar. 17, 2014)

Provincial government and CNEA continue uranium exploration in La Rioja, despite legislation prohibiting it: In a statement, the NGO Asamblea Riojana Capital de Ciudadanos por la Vida denounced "the continuing of uranium mining projects" in the Capital department "despite the existence of the ordinance enacted on August 14, 2012" which declared this town "nontoxic, no-nuclear and environmentally sustainable."
The complaint realizes that the Department of Environment of the province on Aug. 27, a few days after the enactment of the ordinance, issued resolution 268 which approved the "Updating of the environmental impact report" for one of the enterprises. This was the CNEA authorization to "continue the work done in the area of the Sierra del Velazco, in the municipalities near El Cantadero", at a distance of about 20 kilometers from the capital, the most populated city in the province, the environmentalists said. (Los Andes Oct. 18, 2012)

 

Protesters against uranium mining arrested and maltreated

Two protesters were arrested and maltreated in Olta, La Rioja, when they voiced their opposition to uranium mining in the province during a speech held by governor Luis Beder Herrera. (Los Andes Sep. 7, 2010)

NGOs denounce irregular granting of land for uranium mine in La Rioja province

Environmentalist organizations and the Kirchnerism of La Rioja say that the provincial government of La Rioja has granted "in silence" almost 150 thousand hectares to a Canadian miner for the purpose of open-pit uranium mining.
In the denunciation the environmental organizations claimed that the government of Luis Beder Herrera, "without official announcement, nor public presentation of environmental impact studies, nor Public Hearing, has granted in total silence from 2007 to today 149,318 hectares of La Riojan territory to the Canadian company Rome Resources Ltd external link, through the Swiss company Uranio AG external link and its Argentine subsidiary Uranio del Sur SA". (Los Andes Sep. 4, 2008)

 

Mendoza province

Sierra Pintada Uranium District, Mendoza

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Uranium mining in San Rafael is opposed by ¿Uranio? No Gracias external link.

 

On Nov. 16, 2012, Calypso Uranium Corp. retracted its prior disclosure of the uranium resource for its La Pintada project.

The owners of uranium properties in the touristic zone of Cañón del Diamante are taking legal action against further exploration by Canadian company Mega Uranium Ltd. (formerly Maple Minerals Corp.). (Diario Uno May 31, 2006)

 

Huemul, Malargüe, Mendoza

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Calypso Uranium Corp.'s subsidiary Energía Mineral (Inc.) S.A. expects to complete the Environmental Impact Statement for the Huemul uranium mine project by December 2010. (Los Andes Sep. 4, 2010)

On Aug. 4, 2009, Calypso Uranium Corp. external link announced that it received provincial approval for the exploration phase of the Huemul Project. According to Calypso President J. Stephen Barley, "Malargüe shows the potential to produce uranium again."

 

Salta province

Don Otto, Salta

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CNEA is working to reactivate the Don Otto uranium project in Salta province. The Don Otto mine is being explored and evaluated to measure its economic feasibility. "Right now, we cannot say whether it will be reactivated or not," said Gian Franco Guidi, CNEA representative for northwestern Argentina. (BNamericas Nov. 27, 2007)

The re-opening of the Don Otto uranium mine will be formally initiated in early August 2007, when the minister of Planning, the governor of Salta, and the president of the national atomic energy commission (CNEA), sign a cooperation agreement. The mine will produce 30 tonnes of uranium per year. (Clarín Aug. 1, 2007)

Dioxitek S.A. external link, the industrial arm of Argentina's national atomic energy commission CNEA, and La Casualidad S.A., controlled by Salta province, are touching up the details of an agreement to operate jointly the Don Otto uranium mine. CNEA mined Don Otto between 1955 and 1981 but was forced to shut it down when uranium prices fell. "Now with Salta's offer to activate the deposit, we are rehabilitating it to move ahead with exploration and continue extracting what remained from previous mining," CNEA production manager Alberto Castillo said. (BNamericas July 17, 2007)

The Argentinian National Atomic Energy Commission (CNEA) and the Salta Provincial Government (both via subsidiary entities) have reached an agreement for the re-opening of the Don Otto Uranium Mine. (Globe Uranium Ltd June 12, 2007)

 

San Juan province

San Juan government signs agreement with CNEA on ambitious uranium exploration program in the province

On Aug. 24, 2012, the provincial government of San Juan signed an agreement with the president of the National Atomic Energy Commission (CNEA) on uranium exploration in the province. In the last quarter of 2013, CNEA will provide the Ministry of Mines with information on the location of ore deposits, their ore content, and an evaluation of their economic feasibility for mining [!]. Prospection shall be performed in four areas: two in Sierra del Volcán and Calingasta and two in Jáchal. (Diario de Cuyo Aug. 25, 2012)

Argentina announces discovery of uranium deposit in Jáchal department (San Juan province)

A uranium find was announced yesterday in the provincial capital San Juan by the national senator Caesar Ambrosio Gioja, president of the Commission of Mining, Energy and Fuel of the Senate. The finding of the deposit, in the department of Jáchal, whose departmental head is 150 kilometers to the north of the capital, is in the stage of preliminary studies, therefore it was explained that although it is an important discovery, it is still premature to speak of mining of the mineral. (Los Andes June 4, 2008)

 


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In Bolivia, uranium prospection and exploration is being performed by Intrepid Mines Ltd external link, U3O8 Corp. external link

 

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Iran intends to prospect for uranium in Bolivia

Iran has intentions to carry out mining prospection in Bolivia, that would include uranium, affirmed in La Paz the minister of Planning for the Development, Viviana Caro, who anticipated future bilateral agreements in that matter. (La República (Uruguay) Sep. 2, 2010)

Bolivia to search for uranium in Potosí region

Bolivia has launched a small project to look for uranium in the central Potosí region, the Mining Ministry said on Monday (May 17). The government of leftist President Evo Morales is investing some $500,000 in the project, said Hugo Delgado, the head of Sergeotecmin, the body responsible for geological studies. (Reuters May 18, 2010)

IAEA offers aid for Bolivia to exploit uranium

The United Nations announced on Mar. 27, 2009, its disposition to cooperate with Bolivia on the exploration and exploitation of uranium mines.
Bolivia has uranium deposits, but the government has classified the information as "reserved." According to reports from the Canadian company Mega Uranium - Intrepid Mines external link, the uranium mine is situated in the plateau.
Meanwhile, the National Service of Geology and Mining (Sergeotecmin external link) identified 11 locations with uranium in natural state in the district of Cotaje between the towns of Huari in Oruro and Sevaruyo in the border area between both departments and Mulato River in Potosí. But technical reports say that those are not uranium concentrated deposits, but "small points"; and the amount of the reserves are unknown due to lack of investment in the quantification work. (Xinhua Mar. 27, 2009)

 

Cotaje uranium mine project, Potosí

Restart of Cotaje uranium mine possible in Potosí (Bolivia)

Potosí Province Mining Secretary Carlos Colque says the government will consider restarting a uranium mine at the Cotaje deposit. As reported, Colque said the government is considering beginning production by 2010 if uranium reserves are confirmed. He added that the province has invested about 2 million bolivianos ($283,000) in the project. However, Mining Ministry Director Freddy Beltrán said the central government isn't involved in the project at the Cotaje deposit. As reported, Beltrán said a uranium production plant in the same location closed 25 years ago. (Mineweb May 29, 2009)


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Russia and Brazil sign memorandum on nuclear cooperation, including uranium exploration

Russia and Brazil signed a memorandum of cooperation on peaceful uses of nuclear energy on Tuesday (July 21), Russian media reported. The pact calls for the development of uranium prospecting technology and the design of new reactors, as well as the design and construction of nuclear research reactors. (Latin American Herald Tribune July 22, 2009)

Rosatom offers Brazil assistance with uranium exploration

Russian nuclear holding Rosatom offers assistance with uranium exploration to Brazil. Rosatom chief Sergej Kirijenko believes that Brazilian uranium resources could be increased by a factor of three or even ten, if state-of-the-art exploration techniques would be used. (RIA Novosti Oct. 31, 2008)

 

Itataia project, Santa Quitéria (Ceará)

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EIA submitted for Itataia uranium/phosphate mine project

On Sep. 19, 2013, the Santa Quitéria Consortium, consisting of INB and Galvani, filed with the Instituto Brasileiro do Meio Ambiente e dos Recursos Naturais Renováveis external link (IBAMA) the Environmental Impact Assessment report for the proposed mining of the phosphate and uranium deposit located in the municipality of Santa Quitéria (CE). There are two processing plants planned for the mine: one for the production of phosphate fertilizers and dicalcium phosphate (animal feed), and the other for the production of yellow cake - uranium concentrate.
After validation by IBAMA, the environmental impact studies will be made available to the public, and public hearings will be held. The Consortium expects to get a preliminary license in the coming months (!). (INB Sep. 20, 2013)

Manifestation against Itataia uranium mine project

On July 25, 2012, a manifestation against the proposed Itataia uranium mine project was held by the movement "Articulação Antinuclear" (Joint Antinuclear) in the center of Santa Quitéria. The movement was formed by Cáritas Diocesana, MST, Grupo TRAMAS and Pastoral da Terra. The mine has not yet been opened, as state and federal authorities are still in disagreement on the authority for issuing the license. (Blog do Roseno Oliveira)

Uranium production at Santa Quitéria to start in 2014/2015

In spite of a low uranium concentration of nearly 0.1%, uranium extraction at Santa Quitéria could be cost efficient, as the measured resources are associated with phosphate and would produce 240,000 tons of the fertilizer component per year. Santa Quitéria will open in 2014/2015 and will be operated by the industrial group Galvani, that will extract the mineral for INB as part of a phosphate mining operation. The production would reach 1,500 tons per year in 2017. (Reuters Oct. 31, 2011)

INB selects private partner for mining of Santa Quitéria uranium/phosphate deposit

On June 19, 2008, Brazil's state-run nuclear mining and fuel company INB chose local fertilizers producer Galvani external link as the private partner to mine phosphate and uranium at the Santa Quitéria reserve. The INB, which has the monopoly rights on uranium mining in the country with the world's sixth biggest reserves of the radioactive metal, will get the uranium produced at the mine and Galvani will keep the phosphate, used as fertilizer. Family-owned Galvani is Brazil's only integrated producer of phosphate fertilizers. The Santa Quitéria prospect has a capacity to produce 240,000 tonnes of phosphate a year and 1,600 tonnes of uranium ore, the INB said in a statement. The private company will invest $350 million in the project. Santa Quitéria in the northeastern Ceará state would churn out 800 tonnes of uranium in 2011 and then gradually boost output to 1,600 tonnes later, allowing Brazil to export over 1,000 tonnes of excess metal. (Reuters June 19, 2008)
Brazilian fertilizer company Grupo Galvani will sign a 25-year contract with Brazil Nuclear Industries, or INB, to develop a uranium and phosphates mine at Itataia, the Estado news agency reported Monday (July 20, 2009). The contract, worth 800 million Brazilian reals ($420 million), will be signed next Thursday (July 23). The new unit will start operating in 2012 and will have initial output of 180,000 metric tons of phosphate and 1,200 tons a year of uranium concentrate. INB said when production eventually reaches 1,600 tons a year of concentrate, Brazil would be able to meet the demand for new nuclear plants planned. (Dow Jones July 20, 2009)

INB hopes to get uranium export clearance for Santa Quitéria phosphate and uranium mining project to become viable

Brazil's state-run nuclear mining and fuel company INB hopes to get government clearance to start exporting uranium as part of a plan to quadruple production by 2011 and expand prospecting. Luis Felipe da Silva, INB president's special aide for new projects, said the Santa Quitéria phosphate and uranium mining project, which would involve a private partner to mine phosphates, hinged on the liberalization of exports. So far, Brazil's laws make uranium mining and trade a state monopoly and do not permit exports.
Santa Quitéria in the northeastern Ceará state would churn out 800 tonnes of uranium in 2011 and 1,200 tonnes later on, allowing Brazil to export over 1,000 tonnes of excess metal. Guilherme Camargo, a director at the Brazilian Nuclear Energy Association (ABEN) industry lobby, warned that without the green light for exports Santa Quitéria was doomed to fail. (Reuters Dec. 10, 2007)

 

Lagoa Real / Caetité, Bahia

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Between April 20 and 23, 2000, an estimated 5000 cubic meters of uranium-bearing leaching liquid leaked from a collection pond at the heap leaching facility of the Lagoa Real / Caetité mine. The pond liner, consisting of an HDPE membrane based on a compacted clay layer, obviously leaked. The event had become known only on July 11, 2000, by a denouncement of nine plant workers to the state attorney of Caetité. (Gambá Oct. 26, 2000 / Jan. 9, 2001)

The new 400 t/year uranium processing plant at Lagoa Real / Caetité has started production on June 24, 2000. INB anticipates increasing output to 700-800 tU3O8 (594-678 tU) per year by 2004. [UI News Briefing 00.29]
The uranium is recovered by heap leaching with sulfuric acid.

 

Rio Cristalino (Pará)

The discovery of a uranium deposit spread over 600 kilometres square in the Brazilian state of Pará was announced by the Company of Research of Minerals Resources (CPRM) external link, an affiliate of the Ministry of Mines and Energy external link. A geologist at CPRM said that Brazil would benefit from the Pará deposit only if the price of uranium on the international market exceeded US$40-60 per pound. (UI News Briefing 00.16, April 19, 2000)


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In Chile, uranium prospection and/or exploration is being performed by Lefroy Resources Ltd external link, Polar Star Mining Corporation external link, U3O8 Energy Ltd external link, U3O8 Holdings plc external link, Corporación Nacional del Cobre (Codelco) external link, Minera America del Sur SCM, Southern Hemisphere Mining Ltd external link, Hot Chili Ltd external link

 

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Chile and France sign deal for development of uranium

Chile and France on Saturday (Feb. 26) signed a deal promoting the exploration and development of uranium. The deal between the state-owned Codelco external link (copper mining company) formalizes France's ability to source minerals, including uranium, from Chile's mining sector. (MercoPress Mar. 2, 2011)

Codelco to study uranium extraction from copper mines

Chile's Codelco signs agreement to sell uranium to France: Codelco, Chile's state-owned copper company, signed an agreement with the government of France to sell uranium to companies such as Areva SA and Eramet, the newspaper La Tercera reported, citing Chairman Gerardo Jofre. Codelco will seek to tap uranium reserves at its Radomiro Tomic copper mine, the Santiago-based newspaper said today. (Bloomberg Feb. 25, 2011)

Chile plans to extract 100 t U3O8 [85 t U] per year as a by-product from copper production. A pilot plant for the extraction of uranium and molybdenum is currently under construction at Radomiro Tomic and is expected to start operation at the end of the year. (Codelco July 28, 2010)

By the end of the year, state-owned copper company Corporación Nacional del Cobre external link (Codelco) will be working with Chile's Nuclear Energy Commission external link to determine the feasibility of extracting uranium from its northern Chuquicamata and Radomiro Tomic mines, reported Chilean daily El Mercurio this week. (Santiago Times Sep. 3, 2008)


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In Colombia, uranium prospection and/or exploration is being performed by Energentia Resources Inc., U3O8 Corp. external link, Blue Sky Uranium Corp. external link, UrAmerica PLC external link, Lara Exploration Ltd. external link, Sprott Resource Corp. external link

 

Berlin project

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Positive Preliminary Economic Assessment reported for Berlin multi-element deposit: On Dec. 13, 2012, U3O8 Corp. reported a positive Preliminary Economic Assessment for its Berlin deposit, where uranium could be produced with by-products phosphate, vanadium, and yttrium, among others.

Uranium mine developer wins trust of local communities by "gently introducing socially supportive initiatives": South America-focused project developer U3O8 on Tuesday (Nov. 20) said it had achieved significant successes in getting the local communities near to its Berlin uranium project, in Colombia, on board, even though the project is at the exploratory phase.
U3O8 president and CEO Richard Spencer told Mining Weekly Online the key to the project, which had been proven to host much more mineral potential than what was first thought, was to win the trust and recognition of the local communities of Berlin and San Diego, by "gently" introducing socially supportive initiatives. These included implementing educational initiatives, nutritional initiatives and methods to reduce its environmental footprint. "We have been assisting our local communities largely by facilitating the implementation of existing government initiatives. We are in a sense merely connecting the dots," he said in Toronto. (Mining Weekly Nov. 21, 2012)

 


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In Ecuador, uranium prospection and/or exploration is being performed by Spirit Exploration, Inc. external link, Bolivar Mining Corp. external link

 

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Russia, Ecuador strike deal on nuclear power cooperation, including uranium mining

Russia and Ecuador have signed a memorandum on civilian nuclear power cooperation, a spokesman from Russia's state-controlled civilian nuclear power corporation Rosatom told RIA Novosti on Friday (Aug. 21). The memorandum between Rosatom and Ecuador's Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy includes cooperation in geological research and development of uranium fields, as well as projecting and building nuclear power plants and research reactors. Cooperation would also involve nuclear fuel production and developing the legal framework for Ecuador's nuclear sector. (RIA Novosti Aug. 21, 2009)

IAEA to assist Ecuador with uranium exploration

The International Atomic Energy Agency will help Ecuador explore for uranium and study the possibility of developing nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, its director said Tuesday. Mohamed ElBaradei said the Vienna-based U.N. agency has included Ecuador in "a regional uranium exploration project" as the Andean nation seeks energy security through the development of alternative energy sources. (International Herald Tribune Mar. 25, 2009)


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In Guatemala, uranium prospection and/or exploration is being performed by Pathfinder Resources Ltd. external link, Gold-Ore Resources Ltd. external link, Santoy Resources Ltd. external link


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In Guyana, uranium prospection and/or exploration is being performed by Prometheus Resources Guyana Inc. external link, U3O8 Corp. external link, StrataGold Corporation external link, Epsilon Energy Ltd. external link, Argus Metals Corp. external link, Azimuth Resources Ltd external link, Uranium Hunter Corporation external link, Cuyuni Mining Inc. external link

 

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Iran assists Guyana with uranium prospection

Guyana says Iran is providing a $1.5 million grant to boost the South American country's health care system and help it map mineral resources under a recently signed agreement. President Bharrat Jagdeo says Iranian scientists will identify uranium deposits using updated technology, replacing the current prospecting system. (The Post-Standard Jan. 27, 2010)


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In Mexico, uranium prospection and/or exploration is being performed by Kennecott Exploration Company, Geoinformatics Exploration Inc. external link, Laramide Resources Ltd., Tonogold Resources, Inc. external link, Prospect Uranium, Inc. external link, NWT Uranium Corp., Azure Minerals Ltd external link

 

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Proposal submitted for restart of uranium mining in Reynosa

Ernesto Gastón González Sepúlveda, university professor of the Universidad del Atlántico, registered in time and forms the proposal to restart uranium mining in Reynosa for export. The proposal is to be considered by the Congress of the Union. The former para-state-run enterprise Uranio Mexicano (Uramex) had demonstrated the existence of important uranium deposits in the area. (El Diario de Juárez, July 10, 2011)

Kennecott fined for illegal uranium extraction

Rio Tinto's subsidiary Kennecott was fined for illegally mining uranium in the Loxicha region in southern Mexico's Oaxaca state. Its license was canceled. Under Mexican law, uranium extraction and processing is the sole prerogative of the state. Kennecott carried out surface exploration and drilling on three concessions in Oaxaca, named Elvira I, II and III until October 1999. (unomásuno, Dec 18, 2001)


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In Paraguay, uranium prospection and exploration is being performed by Coronel Oviedo Mining Company SA, Crescent Resources Corp. external link, Cue Resources Ltd. external link, Transandes Paraguay S.A. external link, Wildhorse Energy Ltd external link, Cameco Corp., Yellow Cat Uranium PLC external link, Picomayo Minerales SA, Uranium Energy Corp.

 

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Yuty Property

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On Jan. 23, 2012, Uranium Energy Corp. (UEC) and Cue Resources Ltd. (CUE) announced that they have entered into an Arrangement Agreement under which UEC will acquire all of the outstanding common shares of CUE by way of a plan of arrangement. The acquisition was closed on Mar. 30, 2012.
On September 10, 2008, Cue Resources Ltd. announced that Transandes Paraguay S.A. has received the Paraguayan government grant of exploration and exploitation rights to the Yuty uranium project.
On Sep. 11, 2008, Cue Resources Ltd. announced that Transandes Paraguay S.A. is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Cue.


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In Peru, uranium prospection and exploration is being performed by Eldorado Gold Corporation external link, Southern Andes Energy Inc. external link, Vena Resources Inc. external link, Minergia S.A.C. external link, Cameco Corporation, Range Resources Ltd external link, Westmag Ltd external link, Wealth Minerals Ltd. external link, Cardero Resource Corp. external link, Macusani Yellowcake Inc. external link, Lefroy Resources Ltd external link, Alara Resources Ltd external link, Fission Energy Corp., Alturas Minerals Corp. external link, Bolivar Mining Corp. external link, U3O8 Corp. external link

 

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Bolivian border blocked in protest against mining projects in Puno region (Peru)

For the third day in a row, the border crossing point between Peru and Bolivia in the Desaguadero district has been blocked by protesters demanding the suspension of mining licenses in the Puno regio of Peru. On June 9, 2011, a group of demonstrators had entered the uranium warehouses of some mining companies in the city of Macusani and set fire to some equipment. (EFE June 10, 2011)

 

Macusani Project

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"Uranium ore from the Macusani project in Peru is being shipped to North America for final metallurgical testing, at the request of a 'uranium major', Strathmore Resources has announced. If the tests are successful, Strathmore says, it will be able to produce uranium profitably from the project at current market prices." [UI News Briefing 98/44]

 

Colibri project

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Positive Preliminary Economic Assessment announced for Macusani Yellowcake Inc.'s uranium deposits in Peru: On Dec. 5, 2013, Macusani Yellowcake Inc. announced the results of a Preliminary Economic Assessment ("PEA") for its uranium properties located on the Macusani Plateau in the Puno District of southeastern Peru. "The results from the PEA demonstrate that the Project has the potential to become a large, low-cost uranium mining operation."
Potentially economic material for the Project will initially come from multiple target deposits including Colibri 2 & 3/Tupuramani, Chilcuno Chico, Quebrada Blanca, Corachapi and Triunfador 1. Conventional open pit and underground mining methods are proposed. The PEA contemplates the construction of a mine and centralized processing facility operating over a 10 year mine life at a throughput of approximately 23,400 tonnes per day. A heap leach would be used to extract uranium into an acidic aqueous leach solution.

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On April 26, 2010, Macusani Yellowcake Inc. announced the completion of a positive Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) for the Colibri II/III uranium deposit located on the Macusani Plateau, Puno in southeastern Peru.
On Sep. 27, 2013, Macusani Yellowcake Inc. presented an updated technical report for the deposit.


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Uruguay seeks public-private partnerships for development of uranium mining

ANCAP (Uruguay's state oil company) is making contacts with various mining companies installed in Uruguay to join in the event that technical studies confirm the presence of uranium in the ground. Speaking to El Observador, ANCAP's manager of exploration and production, Héctor de Santa Ana, revealed that there are mining companies who are interested in the commercial exploitation of uranium. However, the Mining Code prevents private exploitation of any energy resource, reserving them for ANCAP. For that reason, the agency is developing a wide variety of contracts to "associate" with private companies in case chemical analysis of soil detects a potential for profitable uranium mining. (El Observador Nov. 14, 2013)

Uranium development in Uruguay on hold

The Uruguayan government's plans to call for bids to explore uranium in the country have been put on hold, the head of the country's mining and geology department Dinamige, Pier Rossi, told BNamericas. "From what I understand, there were some companies that presented development projects but this initiative has been put on hold," Rossi said. The plans changed when modifications were made to the mining code and uranium became a class one mineral, according to Rossi. A class one mineral becomes state property once it is mined, whereas other minerals belong to whoever mines them. The use of uranium as an energy source is now under the management of state oil company Ancap external link, which is responsible for supervising energy initiatives, but the entity has not announced any plans for uranium development. In 2009, Dinamige announced that the bidding rules for uranium exploration were almost ready. (Business News Americas Nov. 16, 2011)

Uruguay considers launching bid for uranium exploration

Authorities at Uruguay's national mining and geology department Dinamige external link are considering launching a bid for uranium exploration, Dinamige head Luis Ferrari told BNamericas. The entity was unprepared for the degree of interest shown by a number of companies in exploring there and is now considering launching a bid in areas of interest. The official said interested parties have until mid-September 2007 to present proposals. Uruguayan mining law establishes that minerals with energy purposes receive special treatment and the state holds exclusive mining rights. As such, bidding processes are necessary for third-party exploratory studies, the official said. (Business News Americas July 30, 2007)

Uruguay to invite companies for uranium exploration

Montevideo will shortly issue an invitation to potential investors and mining outfits to conduct further uranium exploration. (FT May 14, 2007)


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Iran assists Venezuela with search for uranium deposits

Iran is helping Venezuela to detect uranium deposits and initial evaluations suggest reserves are significant, the South American government said Friday (Sep. 25) -- the same day world leaders criticized the Islamic republic of secretly building a uranium-enrichment plant that could be used to make an atomic bomb. Mining Minister Rodolfo Sanz said Iran has been assisting Venezuela with geophysical survey flights and geochemical analysis of the deposits, and that evaluations "indicate the existence of uranium in western parts of the country and in Santa Elena de Uairén," in southeastern Bolívar state. (Boston Globe Sep. 25, 2009)

Venezuela, Russia sign accord on nuclear cooperation

A cooperation agreement for the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes between the governments of Venezuela and Russia was passed by the National Assembly this week and published in the Official Gazette. The Gazette No. 368,817 published on May 4th, offers details of the agreement, which provides for the exploration and development of uranium and thorium (radioactive minerals) deposits and their use for "peaceful purposes." The agreement also includes the development of nuclear infrastructure, the safety of nuclear facilities and radioactive sources, industrial production of components and materials to be used in nuclear reactors, among others. (El Universal, Caracas, May 8, 2009)

Venezuela and Russia have signed an agreement on the cooperation in the field of the peaceful use of nuclear power. Among others, the agreement covers the development of uranium and thorium deposits. (RIA Novosti Nov. 27, 2008)

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