Midwest Project...30 Years in the Making

CIM Edmonton 2008
Abstract Discovered in 1978, Areva Resources Canada Inc’s. rich Midwest uranium orebody precluded exploitation for 30 years due to the project’s economic, technical, social and environmental challenges. After completing mine development studies for three different mining methods under the direction of four different operating companies and the submission of no less than five Environmental Impact Statements, Areva plans to bring the Midwest project into production as an open pit development in 2010. This paper will discuss the history of this important deposit and the process which resulted in the current development strategy.
Keywords: Midwest, Mining, Uranium, Project development
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