Uranium Mine and Mill Tour
The CRPA 2017 Conference in Saskatoon is proud to provide a once in a lifetime opportunity to tour a uranium mine and mill in northern Saskatchewan. Participants will get a tour of Cameco’s Cigar Lake uranium mine, as well as the uranium mill operated by Areva Resources Canada at McClean Lake.
Cost $400 (+13% HST) – Costs include travel to and from the hotel to the hangar, airfare, and lunch and snacks provided on-site. Register early as availability is limited! (42 Seats)
All personal protection equipment (PPE) will be provided at the tour sites, however, it is recommended to have the following:
- Closed toed shoes
- Long pants
- Light jacket
- Backpack or carry-on bag (for storing of any personal items during the tours)
- Personal identification
Saskatchewan is the world leader in uranium production. Cameco Corporation and Areva Resources Canada are the two uranium producers in Saskatchewan, producing all of Canada’s uranium. Canada has made a transition from second-generation uranium mines (started 1975-83) to new high-grade ones, all in northern Saskatchewan, making its uranium mining operations among the most advanced in the world.
OPERATION: Cigar Lake
Cigar Lake is the world’s second-largest known high-grade uranium orebody. Cigar Lake is a 450 m deep underground mine in poor ground conditions, using ground freezing and high-pressure water jets for excavation of ore. Cameco developed an innovative jet-boring technique for this challenging deposit. A major flood in 2006 and another in 2008 set the project back several years and production began in May 2015.
High-grade ore slurry from remote mining is trucked for treatment at Areva’s expanded McClean Lake mill, 80 km northeast, to produce planned production of 18 million lb annually.
OPERATION: McClean Lake
The AREVA operated McClean Lake mill is a unique facility – it is the most technologically advanced mill in the world for the processing of high-grade uranium ore without dilution. The McClean Lake mill opened in 1999 and underwent a period of care and maintenance from 2010 to 2014. In October, 2014, coinciding with Areva’s celebration of 50 years in Canada, the McClean Lake restart began with the processing of all ore from the newly opened Cigar Lake mine located 80 kilometres away. In 2015, during the first full year of production after its restart, the mill processed a record 11.3 million pounds of uranium concentrate.
Tour: Sunday June 4 2017
06:30 AM – Transport pick up from conference hotel to Westwind Hangar
06:50 AM – Arrive at Saskatoon airport
07:30 AM – Depart Saskatoon
09:30 AM– Arrive at Cigar Lake
10:00 AM – 4:30 PM – Tours of the McLean Lake Uranium mill and the Cigar Lake mine. Lunch and snacks will be provided on site.
5:00 PM – Board plane to Saskatoon
07:00 PM – Arrive in Saskatoon
07:15 PM– Transport from Westwind to conference hotel