Shanawa Uranium Mine Project

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Last Updated: March 1, 2011
Other Name: N/A
Location: Karak District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province (Previously known as North West Frontier Province-NWFP)
Subordinate To: Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC)
Size: Unknown
Facility Status: Construction Suspended

Construction of the Shanawa Uranium Mine began in 2009, and was originally scheduled for completion by June 2014. [1] The Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission assessed the projected cost to be PKR$3.3 billion. [2] With an average ore grade assessed at 0.05 percent, [3] in-situ leaching technology will be used for extraction. [4] In February 2011, Pakistan suspended construction at Shanawa due to insufficient funds. [5]

Sources:
[1] Global Fissile Material Report 2010, Chapter 10, International Panel on Fissile Materials, December 2010, www.fissilematerials.org.
[2] "Pakistan To Mine 60 Tonnes of Uranium Annually," Nuclear Fuel News, 29 August 2009, www.nuclearfuels.energy-business-review.com.
[3] Jack Boureston, "Understanding Pakistan's Energy Security Needs and the Role of Nuclear Energy," South Asian Strategic Stability Institute, June 2008, www.sassu.org.uk.
[4] Global Fissile Material Report 2010, Chapter 10, International Panel on Fissile Materials, December 2010, www.fissilematerials.org.
[5] Umar Farooq, "Valentine's surprise: Rosy start to a fiery debate in K-P assembly," Express Tribune, 15 February 2011, www.tribune.com.pk; Imitiaz Hussain, "KPA protests funds transfer to Multan, Larkana," Islamabad Weekly Pulse, 22 February 2011, www.weeklypulse.org.

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