Tuesday, March 18, 2008

New uranium mines increasing demand for power

New uranium mines in Namibia increasing power demand
(miningnamibia)-March 18-New uranium mines in Namibia are increasing the country's power consumption, according to a recent study conducted by the Windhoek based by the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Institute (REEEI).
REEEI is looking at several options of increasing power production for the next 18 years until 2026, with low, medium and high electricity demand scenarios.
The country's has a generation capacity of 384 megawatt (MW) and imports about 200 MW when demand perks especially in winter.
Skorpion Zinc mine consumes about 80 MW and Forsys, Deep Yellow and Uramin are developing uranium mines in the country. Paladin Energy's Langer Heinrich mine was opened last year.
According to REEEI, if Namibia use renewable energy sources to produce electricity, this could contribute 20 per cent of the country's electricity supply.

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