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ARMZ and the Man - Tanzanians against uranium

Published by MAC on 2011-08-23
Source: The Citizen Reporter, World Nuclear Association (2011-07-20)

MP takes up cudgels for community

Tanzanian member of parliament Tindu Lissu, a renowned environmental activist and lawyer, is trying to block uranium mining in his country.

The move follows a submission by 3,000 of his constiuents against a project proposed  by Mantra Resources, which will be operated by the Toronto- and Johannesburg-listed company, Uranium One.

The significance of this development should not be under-estimated.

Uranium One is the world's sixth biggest uranium producer, while its 51% shareholder - Russian state-owned nuclear giant ARMZ (part of JSC Atomredmetzoloto) - ranks as global number five (see Tables below).

In June 2011, Uranium One announced that, following ARMZ's completion of its acquisition of Mantra Resources, it would run Mantra's Mkuju River project in Tanzania.

Under an agreement between Uranium One and Mantra, signed on 6 June 2011, Uranium One will provide a loan to fund the development of Mkuju River and other Mantra exploration activities, for which the credit facility will be guaranteed by ARMZ.

Global uranium summary

According to the World Nuclear Association:

In 2010 the top uranium producing countries were

Production from mines (tonnes U)

Country

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010 

Kazakhstan

3300

3719

4357

5279

6637

8521

14020

17803

Canada

10457

11597

11628

9862

9476

9000

10173

9783

Australia

7572

8982

9516

7593

8611

8430

7982

5900

Namibia

2036

3038

3147

3067

2879

4366

4626

4496

Niger

3143

3282

3093

3434

3153

3032

3243

4198

Russia

3150

3200

3431

3262

3413

3521

3564

3562

Uzbekistan

1598

2016

2300

2260

2320

2338

2429

2400

USA

779

878

1039

1672

1654

1430

1453

1660

Ukraine(est)

800

800

800

800

846

800

840

850

China(est)

750

750

750

750

712

769

750

827

Malawi 

 

 

 

 

 

 

104

670

South Africa

758

755

674

534

539

655

563

583

India(est)

230

230

230

177

270

271

290

400

Czech Repub.

452

412

408

359

306

263

258

254

Brazil

310

300

110

190

299

330

345

148

Romania(est)

90

90

90

90

77

77

75

77

Pakistan(est)

45

45

45

45

45

45

50

45

France

0

7

7

5

4

5

8

7

Germany

104

77

94

65

41

0

0

0

total world 

35 574 

40 178 

41 719 

39 444 

41 282 

43 853 

50 772 

53 663 

tonnes U3O8 

41 944

47 382

49 199

46 516

48 683

51 716

59 875

63 285

percentage of world demand

 

 

65%

63%

64%

68%

78%

78%

The top global uranium mining companies were (in tonnages and percentage of total production):

Cameco

8758 te

16%

Areva

8319

16

KazAtomProm

8116

15

Rio Tinto

6293

12

ARMZ

4311

8

Uranium One

2855

5

Navoi

2400

4

BHP Billiton

2330

4

Paladin

2089

4

Sopamin

1450

3

AngloGold

563

1

Denison

555

1

Heathgate

354

1

Mestena

288

1

Other

4982

9

Total 

53,663 

100% 

The largest-producing uranium mines in 2010 were

Mine

Country

Main owner

Type

Production (tU)

% of world

McArthurRiver

Canada

Cameco

underground

7654

14

Ranger

Australia

ERA (Rio Tinto 68%)

open pit

3216

6

Rossing

Namibia

Rio Tinto (69%)

open pit

3077

6

Kraznokamensk

Russia

ARMZ

Lissu intends to block uranium extraction in parliament

By Frank Kimboy

The Citizen Reporter

20 July 2011

Dodoma - An MP expects to table a private motion in the October Bunge session to block extraction of uranium in the country. Mr Tindu Lissu, the Singida East MP (Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo, Chadema), said his decision follows a petition signed by over 3,000 wananchi from Bahi District in Dodoma and Manyoni in Singida which he had received.

He said they decided to write the petition, which he expects to table as a private motion, after learning that the government has granted a license for uranium extraction in their area to Mantra Resources Limited.

He said the petition was signed last Saturday in Bahi after launching of the economic and social effects of uranium report. He said a team of activists conducted a research to find out the effect of uranium extraction.

According to him, parliamentary rules and regulations allow wananchi to seek the parliament's intervention in anything that affects their lives through writing and signing a petition.

He said after signing a petition wananchi are allowed to present it to the parliament through an MP who has no personal interest in the issue.Due to the limited time in the current budget session, Mr Lissu said, he will table the motion in October. He said for the past five years wananchi from Bahi and Manyoni have been opposing the mining of uranium in their area, but to no avail.

"Despite the danger that uranium extraction poses to wananchi and environment, wananchi from Bahi, Namtumbo and Manyoni fear for their lives after learning that the government has granted a uranium extraction license to Mantra Resources Limited," he said.

In his motion, Mr Lissu said, he will be questioning the government's commitment to its people by allowing uranium extraction, knowing the danger it poses to the life of human beings, animals and the environment.

"We, as a country, neither have the financial capacity, technology nor expertise on, uranium. Germany one of the super powers in the world, is shunning from using uranium as a source of energy, who are we (Tanzania) to try? Look at what happened in Japan!" he exclaimed.

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