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Uranium Exploration, Resources and Production in South Africa 2009

Abstract

The paper gives a brief history of uranium mining in South Africa. The types of uranium deposits in South Africa are described and their distribution given. The majority of uranium is hosted as a by-product in the quartz-pebble conglomerates of the Witwatersrand Basin with lesser amounts in tabular sandstone and coal hosted deposits. The exploration activities of companies operating in South Africa are discussed and the reserves and resources identified are presented. A substantial increase in reserves has been recorded over the last two years because of intensive investigation of known deposits. Only a marginal increase in total resources was reported because of a lack of “greenfield” exploration. Production is far down from the levels achieved in the 1970s and 1980s. The surge in the uranium market resulted in a number of companies investigating their production options. The recent decline in the market has slowed down some of these activities and forced the closure of an operating mine. However a new mine has come into production and feasibility studies are being carried out on other deposits. The recently promulgated Nuclear Energy Policy for the Republic of South Africa defines Necsa’s role in nuclear fuel cycle and the uranium mining industry  More>>
Authors:
Ainslie, L.C., E-mail: lee.ainslie@necsa.co.za [1] 
  1. South African Nuclear Energy Agency (Necsa), Pretoria (South Africa)
Publication Date:
May 15, 2014
Product Type:
Conference
Report Number:
IAEA-TECDOC-1739
Resource Relation:
Conference: URAM-2009: 3. International Symposium on Uranium Raw Material for the Nuclear Fuel Cycle: Exploration, Mining, Production, Supply and Demand, Economics and Environmental Issues, Vienna (Austria), 22-26 Jun 2009; Other Information: 4 refs., 2 figs., 3 tabs.; Related Information: In: Uranium Raw Material for the Nuclear Fuel Cycle: Exploration, Mining, Production, Supply and Demand, Economics and Environmental Issues (URAM-2009). Proceedings of an International Symposium| 322 p.
Subject:
11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; BY-PRODUCTS; CLOSURES; COAL; CONGLOMERATES; DEPOSITS; ENERGY POLICY; EXPLORATION; MARKET; MINERAL INDUSTRY; MINING; NUCLEAR ENERGY; NUCLEAR FUELS; QUARTZ; RESERVES; SANDSTONES; SURGES; URANIUM; URANIUM DEPOSITS; URANIUM MINES; WITWATERSRAND
OSTI ID:
22320764
Research Organizations:
International Atomic Energy Agency, Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Materials Section, Vienna (Austria); OECD Nuclear Energy Agency, Issy-les-Moulineaux (France); Nuclear Energy Institute, Washington, DC (United States); World Nuclear Association, London (United Kingdom)
Country of Origin:
IAEA
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Other: ISBN 978-92-0-105014-4; ISSN 1011-4289; TRN: XA15M0009026966
Availability:
Available from INIS in electronic form. Also available on-line: http://www-pub.iaea.org/MTCD/Publications/PDF/TE-1739_web.pdf; Enquiries should be addressed to IAEA, Marketing and Sales Unit, Publishing Section, E-mail: sales.publications@iaea.org; Web site: http://www.iaea.org/books
Submitting Site:
INIS
Size:
page(s) 77-85
Announcement Date:
Apr 01, 2015

Citation Formats

Ainslie, L.C., E-mail: lee.ainslie@necsa.co.za. Uranium Exploration, Resources and Production in South Africa 2009. IAEA: N. p., 2014. Web.
Ainslie, L.C., E-mail: lee.ainslie@necsa.co.za. Uranium Exploration, Resources and Production in South Africa 2009. IAEA.
Ainslie, L.C., E-mail: lee.ainslie@necsa.co.za. 2014. "Uranium Exploration, Resources and Production in South Africa 2009." IAEA.
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title = {Uranium Exploration, Resources and Production in South Africa 2009}
author = {Ainslie, L.C., E-mail: lee.ainslie@necsa.co.za}
abstractNote = {The paper gives a brief history of uranium mining in South Africa. The types of uranium deposits in South Africa are described and their distribution given. The majority of uranium is hosted as a by-product in the quartz-pebble conglomerates of the Witwatersrand Basin with lesser amounts in tabular sandstone and coal hosted deposits. The exploration activities of companies operating in South Africa are discussed and the reserves and resources identified are presented. A substantial increase in reserves has been recorded over the last two years because of intensive investigation of known deposits. Only a marginal increase in total resources was reported because of a lack of “greenfield” exploration. Production is far down from the levels achieved in the 1970s and 1980s. The surge in the uranium market resulted in a number of companies investigating their production options. The recent decline in the market has slowed down some of these activities and forced the closure of an operating mine. However a new mine has come into production and feasibility studies are being carried out on other deposits. The recently promulgated Nuclear Energy Policy for the Republic of South Africa defines Necsa’s role in nuclear fuel cycle and the uranium mining industry emphasizing security of supply. South African uranium resources will be able to supply all local needs for the foreseeable future. (author)}
place = {IAEA}
year = {2014}
month = {May}
}