Ranger (Australia)

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The Ranger mine and associated town of Jabiru is about 230 kilometres east of Darwin, surrounded by the Kakadu National Park, a major tourist attraction. This is a monsoonal part of Australia, with pronounced wet season from December to April. The first orebody is now mined out and the second one adjacent is now being mined. In the longer term the Jabiluka orebody, 20km away, may be more significant.
The mine started operating in 1980. Full production was in October 1981 at a rate of about 3300 tonnes per year of uranium oxide concentrate.

History:
In 1969 the Ranger orebody was discovered. The owner of the mine Energy Resources of Australia Ltd (ERA) in 1988 became a 68% subsidiary of North Limited, and this holding was taken over by Rio Tinto Ltd in 2000.

The mine started operating in 1980. Full production was in October 1981 at a rate of about 3300 tonnes per year of uranium oxide concentrate.

Mining at Ranger -1 was by open pit.
Mining at Ranger -3 commenced in June 1997. Uranium recovery is about 91.5%, and up to 93%.
In 1999, mill production was cut back to about 4000 t/yr due to low prices.

According to Australian nuclear-critical organizations Resources of Australia (ERA), the mining company has a horrible track record of discharging radioactive and heavy-metal contaminated water from the milling operations of the Ranger uranium mine, located 20km south of Jabiluka.

Facilities in Ranger

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RangerUranium mine