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Civil construction and thickener steel construction of the Counter Current Decanting (CCD) area.

Swakop Uranium gives special attention to the recruitment of females in a male dominated mining world.

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the ablution facilities and recreational areas. he also spoke to several of the residents in the village. During his speech later in the day, he praised swakop uranium on the excellent quality of the accommodation facilities in the village, where up to 4,000 workers will be housed during the life of the project. “the facilities are even better than some windhoek hotels,” he said. he further encouraged workers to cherish the employment opportunities at the husab project: “as a national workforce, namibians should all focus on improving their productivity,” he said. By the end of august 2014, the onsite project workforce stood at 3,500, of whom 87% were namibian citizens. “higher levels of namibian citizens are targeted as we reach the production stages, as local human capital is important to us,” marais adds. swakop uranium has also confirmed plans to build a 500,000 tonne sulphuric acid plant at the mine. sulphuric acid is a key chemical used to recover uranium in an ore body. Construction of the sulphuric acid plant will start in october 2014. the husab mine is expected to utilise all the sulphuric acid produced at the envisaged plant. additional acid, if needed, will be imported or sourced locally.

Komatsu Haul Trucks

Stripping activities in Husab’s Zone 1 pit. After twenty years of mining, the Zone 1 pit will be about 3km long, 1km wide and 412m deep.


manufacturing and assembly of the massive komatsu haul trucks that will be the primary movers of waste and ore on the husab mine, is well in progress. the trucks, each with a payload of 327 tonnes, are delivered in a knockeddown kit form to the husab site, where they are being assembled. the tyres, which are 4m in diameter and weigh 5.3 tonnes each, are shipped from Japan as part of a supply agreement between swakop uranium and Bridgestone. the first 11 trucks have been commissioned


RocKWell AUToMATIon Rockwell Automation supplies control system for Swakop Uranium’s Husab Mine Rockwell automation has been selected to supply and integrate the complete automation and control architecture at swakop uranium’s husab uranium project in namibia. the project represents the single largest investment by China into africa and, once completed, will be the second largest uranium mine in the world. Rockwell automation will supply the complete control system software and hardware; low voltage variable speed drives; soft starters and intelligent motor protection; as well as the engineering and integration of the complete process control system. while the cost of a control system makes up a very small percentage of the overall project capital cost, its failure jeopardises the entire project capital value, which is why Rockwell automation was selected as the integrator of the process control system. Rockwell automation provides a high degree of certainty and reliability of project implementation through a standardised approach, coupled with strong domain expertise and one of the largest teams of control and electrical engineers in the region. Rockwell automation sub-saharan africa is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rockwell automation, Inc. headquartered in milwaukee, wisconsin, Rockwell automation, Inc. is the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, employing over 22,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries with an established reputation for innovation, quality and reliability. enquiries: michelle Junius Field marketing specialist Rockwell automation Tel +27 (11) 654-9700 Fax +27 (11) 654-9706 cell +27 (82) 785-4107 Email

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Africa Outlook Issue 19  

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