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

 
Arlit uranium mine, Niger

Arlit uranium mine, Niger

 
Street art showing the colonial history of France in Niger

Street art showing the colonial history of France in 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

 
 

HEALTH IMPACTS

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EXTRA case study: olympic dam mine, australia

 
olympic dam mine australia uranium.jpeg
 
 
 
 

REVIEW

“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.

CHALLENGES

OPPORTUNITIES