28 Aug 2015 14:20pm
HUSAB, 28 AUG (NAMPA) - President Hage Geingob on Thursday made his first visit to Swakop Uraniums Husab Mine, where he was updated about the construction of the mine.
The N.dollars 20 billion uranium mine is located 22 kilometres south of Arandis in the Erongo Region.
Geingob was accompanied by Zambian President Edgar Lungu; First Lady Monica Geingos; Mines and Energy Minister Obeth Kandjoze; as well as Urban and Rural Development Minister Sophia Shaningwa, amongst others.
Briefing Nampa immediately after a closed-door meeting with the two presidents, Swakop Uranium's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Zheng Keping said the construction is progressing well, with 82 per cent of the work already completed.
The commissioning of the mine will take place early next year, while the actual production of the yellow cake is expected in June the same year, said Keping.
Yellowcake is a type of uranium concentrate powder obtained from leach solutions in an intermediate step in the processing of uranium ores. It is a step in the processing of uranium after it has been mined.
President Geingob, Lungu and the rest of the delegation were taken on a tour of the mine where they inspected the workers accommodation, kitchen and the mining pits.
The delegation then proceeded to Walvis Bay, where Geingob and Lungu were briefed on the progress of the Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) container terminal currently under construction at the Port of Walvis Bay.
Namports Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Bisey /Uirab noted that work on the N.dollars 3 billion container terminal project is expected to be completed by May 2017.
President Lungu flew back to Zambia immediately after the Namport meeting.
Geingob is on a two-day visit to the Erongo Region. He was scheduled to interact with community members of Swakopmund as well as traditional and political leaders in the region.
The visits started in the Oshana Region last week, where he also interacted with community members who informed him of difficulties they are experiencing and suggestions on a number of matters.