Cameco puts support behind uranium transport hub

Canadian mining giant Cameco has voiced its support for BHP’s push for a uranium road to rail transfer station on the outskirts of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

Canadian mining giant Cameco has voiced its support for BHP’s  push for a uranium road to rail transfer station at the outskirts of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

The construction of this hub would obviate the need for transporting yellowcake through the city.

Cameco’s support for BHP comes on the back of the release of environmental referral documents for its Kintyre uranium mine.

The miner plans to haul uranium oxide from the mine in the Pilbara to Parkeston, after which it will send the cargo to either Darwin or Adelaide for export.

However, Cameco has not released any details on how it plans to contribute to the development of the transfer hub.

BHP has also viewed Parkeston, located east of Kalgoorlie, as the best transport option for uranium.

Parkeston itself is a rail terminal that is suitable as a multi user, multi product transfer hub, and would allows BHP and Cameco to transport the uranium without having to move it through the city.

Cameco is aiming to begin construction of its Kintyre project by 2013, and be in production by 2015.