ERA to develop heap leach facility

Energy Resources of Australia (ERA) is set to develop a heap leach facility at the Ranger mine for the extraction of uranium oxide contained in low grade mineralised material within the current pit and on existing stockpiles.

Energy Resources of Australia (ERA) is continuing studies on the development of a heap leach facility at the Ranger mine for the extraction of 15,000 to 20,000 tonnes of uranium oxide contained in low grade mineralised material within the current pit and on existing stockpiles.

Expenditure ($37 million) for a detailed feasibility study into the Ranger heap leach facility has been approved, and this phase of the work is expected to continue through 2010.

The Northern Territory Government has issued formal guidelines for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) of the proposed Ranger heap leach facility, as part of the environmental assessment process under the Northern Territory Environmental Assessment Act and the Commonwealth of Australia Environmental Protection & Biodiversity Conservation Act.

The draft EIS is currently expected to be submitted by early 2010.

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