Uranium mine imports 7500 metric tonnes of Pyrolusite

The amount of a mineral used in the production process of uranium landed at the Port of Walvis Bay has seen a significant increase.

26 November 2019 | Infrastructure

The third consignment of about 7 500 metric tonnes of Pyrolusite (black or dark grey mineral with a metallic lustre, consisting of manganese dioxide) intended for Swakop Uranium was. imported from Safi, Morocco via the port of Walvis Bay recently.

A statement from the Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) said that the mineral mainly used in the production of uranium, was discharged from the general cargo vessel, Unistar, at the Port of Walvis Bay at the multi-purpose terminal.

Pyrolusite contains about 63.19% Manganese and 36.81% Oxygen, better known as MnO2, and the Manganese (Mn) is used as a reducing agent during uranium production.

Around 5000 bags, each weighing about 1.5 tonnes, was loaded on to seven trucks, about 20 to 22 bags per trip, and transported to its final destination.

Since January 2019 Namport handled more than 37000 metric tonnes of Pyrolusite, in comparison to about 29800 metric tonnes in 2018.

Another consignment of about 7500 metric tonnes is expected to arrive at the Port in December.

Namport's executive for commercial services Immanuel !Hanabeb is quoted as saying that the utilization of the Trans-Kalahari corridor, an efficient logistics and supply chain route, allows for a quicker turn-around time of vessels at the Port.

"According to the World Nuclear Association, Namibia has significant uranium mines capable of providing 10% of world mining output. Namport is thus strategically located to provide excellent facilities and services to support the production of uranium in Namibia and boost the economy," !Hanabeb said.

The Port of Lüderitz recently shipped the first consignment of Manganese destined for China. Manganese, mainly used in the steel industry, removes oxygen and sulphur when iron ore (an iron and oxygen compound) is converted into iron.

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