Paladin: “Langer Heinrich” Uranium Mine, Namibia

The uranium production company Paladin Energy Ltd. operates the uranium mine “Langer Heinrich” in Namibia. A 2010 Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report on water consumption at the “Langer Heinrich” mine contains disturbing conclusions over the mine’s water use. It stated that the proposed water withdrawal is not sustainable and explained how the existence of a vulnerable tree species might be threatened if the water table is further lowered. Paladin has not explained how or if it will address these concerns.[1]

In an earlier report released by the World Information Service on Energy (WISE) entitled “Environmental Impacts of Current Uranium Mine Projects”, Paladin Energy was criticised for its operation in the Langer Heinrich open pit mine. The deposit is located in a National Park (the Namib-Naukluft ) which has a large biodiversity adapted to Namibia’s extreme climate. Paladin Energy is also criticised because of the water it uses for processing which comes from one of Namibia’s scarce groundwater sources. The current water extraction is damaging the landscape. However, the company plans to use more water to increase its production capacities.[2]

[1] http://www.the-eis.com/data/literature/Langer%20Heinrich%20Water%20Supply%20
Draft%20EIA%20Nov%202010.pdf

[2] WISE Uranium Project 27.09.10, Inter Press Service News Agency,
22.08.09 and 17.07.07

Case location
Mt Langer Heinrich, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia
Namibia


Affected topics
  • Environmental and Climate protection
Directly and indirectly (through shareholding) involved companies Indirect investors through shareholding

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