AREVA Namibia has donated laboratory equipment and chemical reagents, valued at about N$120 000, to the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) Mining and Process Engineering Department in the Faculty of Engineering.
The equipment consists of a Scintillation Gama Radiometer, as well as chemical reagents, which will be used to measure radiation levels of uranium ore samples in the surrounding environment.
The chemical reagents will also be used as part of the student laboratory practical courses.
Associate professors, Chris Magombedze and Dick Groot as well as Foibe Uahengo, a lecturer from the department, received the donation on behalf of the institution.
The staff expressed their profound gratitude for the donation and the mutually beneficial partnership with the company.
Leonard Eiman, Areva Namibia’s Superintendent for Research and Development, handed over the donation.
The gesture comes after Areva Namibia and the department recently concluded a scoping study that was centred around test work on the Trekkopje uranium, which is a low-grade deposit.
Focus was placed on reducing the cost of uranium recovery during leaching, by employing flotation as a means of removing reagent consuming minerals.
The two partners have a standing technical cooperation agreement for test work on uranium processing and metallurgy, which commenced in 2016.
The findings of the study will be published and shared at the upcoming International Uranium Conference, taking place in Swakopmund during September.
In addition, Foibe Uahengo, a post-graduate student at NUST, will continue with additional tests, as part of her doctoral studies during the year.
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