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Leading Practice Mining Acts Review | Central Eyre Iron Project mining lease approved

Resource Uranium (U308)
CompanyHeathgate Resources Pty Ltd
Status Care and maintenance. Wellfields in Standby, Beverley and Pannikan (Beverley North satellite plant), processing plants utilised to process Four Mile product.
Mining operation

Beverley and Beverley North Mines are both in situ recovery (ISR) mines.

ISR is the chemical process of extracting minerals from host rock underground using specially designed wellfields. Where the ore exists in an underground aquifer, as is the case at Beverley and Beverley North, oxygen and a weak acid mining solution is pumped through the ore body to dissolve the uranium minerals. The dissolved uranium is then pumped to the surface, where it is taken out of solution through the iron exchange (IX) process, dried and packaged for export.

The operation at Beverley and Beverley North Mines involve wellfields to extract uranium from the deposit, and the processing plants to recover the extracted uranium and produce a dried and packaged solid product for export. Beverley North Mine comprises wellfield satellite plants to capture uranium on resin which is trucked to the Beverley processing plant for final processing and packaging.

Production at Beverley commenced in 1999 and Beverley North in 2010.

Locationbeverley_north_blueBetween the Northern Flinders Ranges and Lake Frome, approximately 550 km north of Adelaide and 300 km north-east of Port Augusta.
Tenement information

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The deposit Low to medium grade uranium ore deposits at Beverley and Beverley North exist in permeable sediments contained in the saline and naturally radioactive aquifers between 100 m to 250 m below the ground surface, in either the Namba or Eyre Formations. The aquifer sediments are confined above by clays and confined below by impermeable mudstones. The Beverley North Mine is comprised of a number of deposits - Pepegoona, Pepegoona West and Pannikan deposits.
Resource estimates and production estimates

Company released resource estimates and production statistics for South Australia's major operating and approved mines are summarised in South Australia's major operating/approved mines: resources estimates and production statistics (updated regularly).

Approval process

On 28 August 2008 the Commonwealth Minister for Environment, Heritage and the Arts gave approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act 1999 for an extension to the Beverley Uranium Mine.

The application for the new mineral lease surrounded the existing mineral lease 6036, and miscellaneous purposes licences 57, 58 and 59. The new lease (ML 6321) was granted on 16 September, 2008.

The most recent programs for environment protection and rehabilitation (PEPRs) for Beverley and Beverley North were approved in 2016.

Documents and reports

Program for environment protection and rehabilitation (PEPR)

Mining compliance reports (MCRs)

Uranium incident reports

South Australia’s uranium mines and processing facilities are required to report incidents involving the unplanned release of radioactive process materials, radioactive liquids or radioactive wastes associated with the physical and chemical processing of uranium ores, following standard criteria and procedures.

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For a copy of reports in an alternative format contact the Resource Information Centre
Customer Services
Phone: +61 8 8463 3000
Email: resources.customerservices@sa.gov.au
For inquiries relating to this mining operation please contact the Mining Regulation Branch
Phone: + 61 8 8463 3484
Email: DSD:MiningRegRehab@sa.gov.au