The Etango Uranium Project is situated on the flat Namib Desert sands, approximately 38 kilometres (by road) east of the thriving coastal town of Swakopmund, and is well located for external infrastructure requirements including; road, rail, water, electricity and a deep water port.
Road – The Etango Project site is located 38km from Swakopmund and access to the site is via the existing C28 sealed road and a short gravel access road.
Rail – The existing railway line from Walvis Bay to Swakopmund is approximately 30km from the Etango site and will provide an option for the transportation of U3O8 and key reagents to and from the port.
Port – Drummed uranium oxide from the Etango site will be shipped from the Walvis Bay Port, approximately 73km by road from the Etango site. Walvis Bay is one of southern Africa’s largest and busiest deep water ports with over 35 years’ experience of importing mining and processing consumables and exporting uranium oxide.
Power – Grid power will be drawn from the nearby high voltage electricity lines owned by the Namibian power utility, NamPower. A short spur line from the main electricity reticulation line will provide all power to site. Namibia is currently a net importer of electricity and is in the process of expanding its hydro-electricity generation capacity as well as planning for new coal-fired and gas-fired power generation capacity.
Water – Etango will source up to 5 gigalitres per year (GLpa) from either the existing 20GLpa desalination plant at Wlotzkasbaken or a second proposed 20GLpa plant to be located immediately north of the town of Swakopmund. Bannerman is part of the National Desalination Task Force working group comprising a number of mining companies and the Namibian water utility, NamWater, which has commissioned an engineering study on the second desalination plant.