OUR HISTORY

 

THE EARLY YEARS

 

Uranium was discovered in the Namib Desert in 1928, but it was not until intensive exploration in the late 1950s that much interest was shown in the area. After discovering numerous uranium occurrences, mining company Rio Tinto secured the rights to the low-grade Rössing deposit in 1966. Ten years later, in 1976, Rössing Uranium, Namibia’s first commercial uranium mine, started production and subsequently celebrate its 44th year of production in 2020.

 

TODAY

 

Uranium was discovered in the Namib Desert in 1928, but it was not until intensive exploration in the late 1950s that much interest was shown in the area. After discovering numerous uranium occurrences, mining company Rio Tinto secured the rights to the low-grade Rössing deposit in 1966. Ten years later, in 1976, Rössing Uranium, Namibia’s first commercial uranium mine, started production and subsequently celebrate its 44th year of production in 2020.

 

OUR CAPACITY

 

The mine has a nameplate capacity of 4,500 tonnes of uranium oxide per year and, by the end of 2020, had supplied a total of 140,026 tonnes of uranium oxide to the world.

 

 

OUR LOCATION

The mine is located 12 km from the town of Arandis, which lies 70 km inland from the coastal town of Swakopmund in Namibia’s Erongo Region. Walvis Bay, Namibia’s only deep-water harbour, is located 43 km south of Swakopmund.

The mine site encompasses a mining licence and accessory works areas of 129.79 km2, of which 25 km2 is used for mining, waste disposal and processing.

 

CURRENT OPERATIONS

Mining is done by blasting, loading and hauling from the open pit before the uranium-bearing rock is processed to produce uranium oxide.

The open pit currently measures 3 km by 1.5 km and is 390 m deep.

 

OUR STAKEHOLDERS

This report is aimed at all our partners and stakeholders who include private citizens and their communities, as well as non-governmental organisations, small-scale enterprises, and multinational corporations.

Thus, the benefits of our operations are felt locally, nationally, across the African continent and internationally.