NEMC okays Mkuju River uranium project


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Mantra Tanzania Limited has received an environmental impact assessment (EIA) certificate from the National Environment Management Council (NEMC) for its Mkuju River uranium project in Namtumbo district, Ruvuma region, marking a significant milestone towards the project's kick-off.
The company had already submitted an application for a special mining licence to the Ministry of Energy and Minerals, issuing of which will now be facilitated by the EIA certificate.
According to NEMC official Kamugenyi Ruteganya, the council had already completed a technical review of Mantra Tanzania’s EIA, which was carried out by consulting firm MTL Mining.
“The documents submitted by Mantra Tanzania meet our environmental standards. We have already issued an EIA certificate for the company’s Mkuju River uranium project and our challenge now is to ensure that what has been approved is implemented on the ground," he said, adding:
"Our role is to ensure that mining companies operating in Tanzania, including Mantra, comply in full with all general and specific conditions of the EIA in order to ensure best practices and sound environmental management.”.
He said NEMC will ensure that the safety of the surrounding communities is given first priority before and after commencement of the project in a bid to minimise risks.
Mantra Tanzania managing director Asa Mwaipopo, for his part, said, “The received EIA certificate is a crucial step in the mine’s operational process and a prerequisite to obtaining a special mining licence,” he said, adding:
“This really demonstrates the support the project has received from both the government and the surrounding local communities. Mantra and its investors, Uranium One, are responsible operators and will operate with strict emphasis on the compliance of best environmental practices."
He said the Mkuju River Project had an updated resource of 119.4 million pounds (54 159 tonnes) of uranium, adding that it will take up to two years to complete the construction of infrastructure for the project.
Development of the Mkuju River Project will apart from attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) worth $1 billion in Tanzania during the life span of the mine, but also generating direct and indirect cash flows to Tanzania worth $640 million.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
 
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Uranium yenyewe mmeshaanza kuuza nje siku nyingi!mapato kwa nchi yetu zero
 
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Watanzania tuna sifa ya kujitangaza kuwa tuna kila kitu hapa duniani, kama vile ardhi ya kubwa yenye rutuba kwa ajili ya uwekezaji, mito na maziwa makubwa(ukiondoa Nyasa), madini mengi, gesi na kadhalika. Hata hivyo wanaonufaifa na utajiri huo ni wawekezaji kutoka nje na wajanja watu wachache!
 

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