Uranium supplies are found all over the world. Why would a mining company choose to base its operations in Niger? With a partner, list all of the reasons why Niger would be a good choice for uranium mining. Remember to fully develop your ideas.
CASE STUDY: URANIUM MINING IN ARLIT, NIGER
France discovered one of the world's largest uranium deposits in the 1960s
Today Niger has 2 uranium mines = 7.5% of the world's output
4th largest producer of uranium
2 mining towns: Arlit and Arkokan, are 900km north-east of the capital Niamey
Mines are operated by Areva - a French company that owns 70%
Local Tuareg groups feel they have not benefitted from the industry
Uranium from Niger provides 50% of France's energy supply
EXTRA case study: olympic dam mine, australia
“The opportunities for mineral extraction outweigh the challenges in hot, arid areas.” Discuss this statement. [10 marks]
List the opportunities and challenges in two columns. Develop your points using "so". Add data, place names, examples.