Heathgate Resources Pty Ltd
|Status:||Care and maintenance|
Beverley is one of the largest, and most advanced, in situ recovery (ISR) mines in the world.
ISR is the chemical process of extracting minerals from the host rock underground, or in situ. Where the ore exists in an underground aquifer — as is the case at Beverley — oxygen and a weak acid mining solution is pumped through the ore body to dissolve the uranium minerals. The dissolved uranium is then pumped to the surface, where it is taken out of solution and packaged for export.
The operation of the ISR mine at Beverley involves wellfields to extract uranium from the deposit and the processing plant to recover the extracted uranium and produce a dried and packaged solid product for export.
Production at Beverley commenced in 1999.
|Tenement information:|| |
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|The deposit:|| |
Low to medium grade uranium ore deposits in the Tertiary age Eyre Formation. The ore bodies exist in permeable sediments contained in the saline and naturally radioactive aquifers some 250 m below the ground surface. The aquifer sediments are confined above by clays and confined below by impermeable mudstones 70 to 80 m thick.
Resource estimates and production estimates:
Resource estimates and production statistics are available from South Australia's Major Operating Mines table on the Mineral Resources Information page of this website
|Approval process:|| |
On 28 August 2008 the Commonwealth Minister for Environment, Heritage and the Arts gave approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act 1999 (external site) for an extension to the Beverley Uranium Mine.
The application for the new Mineral Lease surrounded the existing Mineral Lease 6036, and Miscellaneous Purposes Licences 57, 58 and 59.
The new lease (ML6321) was granted on 16 September, 2008.
Heathgate Resources submitted a Mining and Rehabilitation Program (now deemed to be a program for environment protection and rehabilitation (PEPR)) in September 2008.
The Beverley Mine Extension Mining and Rehabilitation Program (MARP) was approved by the Chief Inspector of Mines on 7 October 2008.
|Documents and reports:|| |
Program for environment protection and rehabilitation (PEPR)
Previous Mining and Rehabilitation program (MARP) - now deemed to be a program for environment protection and rehabilitation (PEPR)
Other public documents
Other publicly available documents relevant to the project can be accessed via the South Australian Resources Information Geoserver (SARIG).
Open the application, go to Databases (top left grey navigation bar), select Publications and Reports from the drop-down list.
For a copy of the reports in an alternative format contact DMITRE's Resource Information Centre:
Uranium incident reports
South Australia's uranium mines and processing facilities are required to report incidents involving the unplanned release of radioactive process materials, radioactive liquids or radioactive wastes associated with the physical and chemical processing of uranium ores, following Standard criteria and procedures.