Beverley (Australia)

Beverley was discovered in 1969 by the OTP Group (Oilmin NL, Transoil NL, & Petromin NL). A draft EIS was produced in 1982 but plans to mine it by in situ leaching (ISL) were abandoned in 1983 when a newly-elected South Australian Government made it clear that mining leases would not be approved. The deposit was sold to Heathgate Resources Pty Ltd, an affiliate of General Atomics of USA, in 1990.

On 30 April 1999, Australian Industry, Science and Resources Ministry gave final approval for Heathgate Resources to proceed with its Beverley uranium mine in South Australia. Heathgate expects commercial production to begin in the second quarter of the year 2000, with production capacity of 1000 tonnes of U3O8 a year, and initial annual production of 500 tonnes.

The Beverley uranium deposit is 520 kilometres north of Adelaide, on the plains north-west of Lake Frome and 25 kilometres north east of the Arkaroola Resort in the northern Flinders Ranges. It is a relatively young sandstone deposit with uranium mineralisation leached from the Mount Painter region, and is the basis of Australia's first commercial in situ leach operation.

A field leach trial in 1998 was outstandingly successful, with performance three times better than similar deposits in USA.
A royalty equivalent to 2% of gross sales has been negotiated with four Aboriginal Native Title Claimant groups, and the first payments totalling more than $100,000 were made to trust accounts in mid 2000.

Facilities in Beverley

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BeverleyUranium mine