Tanzania to become fifth top uranium producer in Africa

Published by Théophile Niyitegeka
On 20 October 2016 saa 02:05
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Tanzania is expected to be among the top five producers of uranium in Africa after the completion of Mkuju River Uranium Project, which is in the final stage, the Urenium One Chief Operation officer, Mr Andrey Shotov said yesterday.

He told journalists that upon its completion in the coming two years, the project will help to boost the country economy. “We are finalising the Mkuju River project, we are looking forward to start trail as in the coming two years,” he said.

According to Mr Shotov, the project started seven years ago and that it has reached to the implementation stage after various research studies were conducted. He said the project is expected to provide employment to various Tanzanians and promote various economic activities across the country.

“Mkuju River Project in Tanzania is among the world’s most promising uranium projects.

The project is currently maintained in the active status as research work and preparatory operations are under way,” he said. MANTRA Tanzania Mnaging Director Mr Frederick Kibodya said that Mkuju River Project would be the first uranium mine in the country.

He said since establishment of the project, over 200m/- US dollar have already been used in exploration, constructing infrastructure and supporting local communities. “The projects will increase national income and employment to many Tanzanian.

Tanzania will be the leader in mining technologies,” he said. He said upon the completion Mkuju River Project would employ 1,600 people.