Energy Resources Australia (ERA) has applied to the government for approval of a heap leach facility at its Ranger operations. If the facility is approved it could produce a total of 20,000t uranium oxide.
ERA has lodged a referral with the Commonwealth Department of Environment, Water, Heritage & the Arts (DEWHA) under the Commonwealth Environment Protection & Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. ERA has submitted a separate application for approval with the Northern Territory government.
The heap leach facility is expected to treat 10 million tonnes of low grade mineralised material per year, contained in stockpiles and the operating Ranger pit, to produce a total of between 15 to 20,000 tonnes of uranium oxide. ERA’s pre-feasibility study into the heap leach facility is expected to be completed in the first half of 2009.
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