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Niger Withdraws Operating License for Its Uranium Mine From French Group Orano

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Earlier, Niger gave the French nuclear company Orano a deadline of June 19 to resume operations or risk losing the right to operate the mine.
Niger has withdrawn the operating license for its large uranium mine from the French group Orano, the company said in a press release.
The Imouraren deposit, north of Nigerien city Agadez, is one of the largest in the world, with estimated reserves of 200,000 tonnes. However, it has been idle for more than a decade.
Plant equipment is pictured at France's state-owned nuclear giant Areva's uranium mine on September 26, 2010 in Arlit.  - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 15.06.2024
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France's Orano Reportedly Risks Losing Uranium Mine in Niger
In early June, Niamey reminded Orano that it had until June 19 to resume work; otherwise, it would lose the right to operate the mine.
Niger's Minister of Mines, Colonel Ousmane Abarchi, also referred to his earlier announcement that he would return the site "to the public domain" if "exploitation work" had not begun within "three months" of March 19.