Cameco receives conditional approval for Kintyre uranium deposit in Pilbara

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Leading uranium producer Cameco has been granted a conditional environmental approval by the Western Australia Government to develop the Kintyre uranium deposit in the remote East Pilbara region of WA.

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Kintyre at twilight
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The approval, which was granted by WA Environment Minister Albert Jacob, comes after more than four years of extensive community consultation and rigorous environmental and technical studies.

“We are confident the Kintyre project can be constructed, operated and closed in a way which maintains the ecological functions and environmental values in the area and will ensure all regulatory conditions are met,” said Cameco Australia managing director Brian Reilly in a press release.

He said the company was taking prudent steps to prepare its Australian projects for a development decision when market conditions signal new uranium production is required.


“For Kintyre, this means advancing the project through the environmental assessment process, continuing to build strong relationships with stakeholders and identifying additional resources to improve the economics of the project.”

Cameco released the Kintyre Environmental review and management program for public review in November 2013. During the two week review period, it received over 2,500 submissions, including ten individual submissions from government agencies.

Western Australia’s Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) recommended conditional approval in July 2014, which resulted in 17 appeals against its report and recommendations.

The Kintyre uranium deposit is owned by joint venture partners Cameco and Mitsubishi Development, with the former holding a 70% stake in the project. It is located 60km south of Telfer and 260km northeast of Newman, at the western edge of the Great Sandy Desert in the East Pilbara region of Western Australia.

The joint venture project includes building an airstrip, processing plant, waste rock dump, tailings storage facility, offices, accommodation and a haul road, subject to approval by the Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt.