Windhoek, Namibia — 19 April 2012 – Langer Heinrich Uranium “’ the Namibian member of the Australian-based Paladin Energy Limited group of companies “’ has reported a production rate of 10% below target during the first quarter of 2012, citing bottlenecks in commissioning.
Reporting this from here, however, “New Era” newspaper is quoted by allAfrica.com as saying that the bottlenecks have now been rectified. Yellow cake production for the first three months to the end of March was 1.05Mlbs, which is below the quarterly target of 1,150Mlbs.
Nevertheless, the plant’s throughput steadily increased with the average ore feed grade being reduced by 17% to 850 parts per million (ppm), nearing the third stage design of 800 ppm.
Mining throughput increased with the ore body mined increasing to nearly 2Mt at the end of March from 1.5Mlbs mined in the last quarter of 2011.
“Mining continues to concentrate on extending the open pit to the west. Run of Mine (RoM) stocks were maintained at between four and six weeks of ore supply,” Langer Heinrich’s parent company Paladin Energy said in a statement.
Commissioning delays in the third stage expansion of the mine have, however, led to the delay of the feasibility study for the fourth stage mine expansion plan.
The feasibility study has been deferred to the end of this year. “This delay will give time to properly review and establish the degree of positive performance of this equipment prior to its integration into the fourth stage flow sheet,” said the company.
The Environmental Impact Assessment for the fourth stage expansion and associated utility upgrades of power and water have been submitted to the Namibian government, with approvals expected in the June 2012 quarter.
Source: allAfrica.com. For more information, click here.