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Water management at Rössing uranium mine, Namibia

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Abstract

Water Management at a large uranium mine and leaching plant located in a desert environment is described in respect of reducing water consumption and controlling and containing contaminants. The extent to which water consumption has been reduced by innovative measures to reduce water losses and increase water recycle is described. Although the recycling of untreated solutions generated in the process has had negative effects on plant throughput and recovery, the overall benefit has been significant. Measures employed to ensure that no contamination of local groundwater occurs are described.

Keywords

Tailing Pond Desert Environment Water Affair Tailing Impoundment Stainless Steel Component 
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© Institution of Mining and Metallurgy 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Rössing Uranium LtdSwakopmundNamibia

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