Uranium Mining and Processing in SA
South Australia is emerging as one of the world's most
significant producers of fuel for nuclear electricity plants, operating the
world's largest known uranium resource. The three major mines in South
Australia, supporting about 6,000 direct and indirect jobs, are the Olympic Dam
mine, the Beverley mine, and the Honeymoon mine (which has yet to begin
operation). The combined output of the Olympic Dam and Beverley mines results in
about $900 million a year in export income.
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This mine has been operating since 1988 and is Australia's largest
underground mine. It is also the world's largest known uranium resource. It uses
the world's best technology throughout all phases of mining and processing.
There is a case study of the Olympic Dam mine at Envirosmart. The huge orebody contains vast amounts of copper (it
of the top five copper producers in the world), and also silver and gold. The
uranium produced is actually a by-product of the mining of copper. This mine
uses the underground method of mining.www.bhpbilliton.com.au
This mine, which is situated 500km north of Adelaide, between the northern
Flinders Ranges and Lake Frome, began operating in late 2000. It is the second
largest uranium deposit in South Australia, and was actually discovered in 1969.
Beverley uses the in situ leaching
method of mining.
Commercial mining has not yet begun at this site, west of Broken
in situ leaching will also be used here. Uranium was
first discovered there in 1972, near what is locally known as the 'honeymoon
hut'. Legend has it that a stockman and his bride spent their honeymoon in the
old outrider's shack at Kalkaroo Station. Honeymoon will be the fourth operating
uranium mine in Australia. UraniumOne.
The royalties from the production of uranium oxide concentrate add up to
almost $30 million a year at current rates of production. These funds are
available for the South Australian Government to use for schools and hospitals,
and for other important community services.
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