Saturday, 12 November 2016

Namibia: Rossing Mine near Swakopmund | Урановая шахта Россинг в Намибии


Rossing Mine, Swakopmund area, Namibia

Rossing Mine Swakopmund, Namibia

Rossing Mine is located 60 km east of Swakopmund, off main road to interior. It is the world’s largest open-cast uranium mine. Uranium was first discovered here in the 1920s by Peter Louw, though his attempts at developing the mine quickly failed. In 1965, the concession was transferred to Rio Tinto-Zinc, and comprehensive surveys determined that the formation measured 3 km long and 1 km wide. Ore extraction came on line in 1970, but didn’t reach capacity for another eight years.
Rossing Mine Swakopmund, Namibia
Rossing, with 2500 employees, is currently a major player in Swakopmund and Namibia’s economy. The affiliated Rossing Foundation provides an educational and training centre in Arandis, north-east of the mine, as well as medical facilities and housing for its Swakopmund-based workers. It has promised that the eventual decommissioning of the site will entail a massive clean-up.
Rossing Mine Swakopmund, Namibia
Three hour mine tours depart at 10 am on the first and third Friday of each month from parking area below Hotel Schweizerhaus. Reservations are made at least one day in advance at the Swakopmund Museum.
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