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Aura gets environmental approval for Tiris uranium project in Mauritania

EBR Staff Writer Published 06 October 2017

Aura Energy has secured an approval from the Mauritanian Government for the environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) of its Tiris uranium project.

The project, which is wholly-owned by Aura, is based on a major greenfields uranium discovery in Mauritania, with 49Mlb U3O8 in current resources from 66 million tonnes at 334ppm U3O8.

The latest approval comes in line with the target schedule for the project. It follows the submission of the mining lease application by the company in May and the comprehensive process of ministerial and public consultations relating to the possible impact resulting from the development of the project.

Aura Energy executive chairman Peter Reeve called the environmental approval as one of the major steps towards the development of the project.

Reeve added: “Achieving this milestone for Aura’s Tiris Uranium Project on schedule and with the strong support of the Mauritanian Government is another solid step forward for Aura to production and cashflow.

“This step is pivotal as the main project precursor to pursuing production offtake and project financing arrangements.”

The ESIA process carried out key activities like environmental baseline monitoring studies, ecosystem and habitat sensitivity surveys, flora and fauna within and around the tenement area, noise and air quality studies and water studies. It also featured extensive engagement with community to understand the impact caused by the mining project.

Aura will now have to establish a radiation monitoring system that will be overseen by the National Radiation Protection, Nuclear Safety and Security Authority (ARSN). The company should also submit a quarterly report on the position of the execution of the environmental and social management plan.