|Type||Public (ASX: PDN)(TSX: PDN)|
|Headquarters||Perth, Western Australia|
|Key people||John Borshoff, Managing Director/CEO|
|Revenue||$11.2 Million USD (2007)|
Paladin Energy Ltd is a Western Australian based uranium production company.
It currently has two operating mines in Africa, the Langer Heinrich Mine (LHM), in Namibia, and the Kayelekera Mine (KM), in Malawi. Paladin is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and Namibian Stock Exchange (NSX) under the symbol PDN. The Company also trades on the Munich, Berlin, Stuttgart, and Frankfurt Exchanges under the symbol PUR. It also owns deposits in Western Australia
Uranerz Australia started operations in Perth, Western Australia, in 1970 with Mr.John Borshoff, Paladin’s Managing Director/CEO, serving as Chief Executive from 1986 to 1991. Uranerz, the Australian arm of German-based uranium mining house Uranerzbergbau, explored throughout Australia, New Zealand, and Africa, focusing primarily on uranium. When Uranerz decided to close its Australian operations, John Borshoff acquired its extensive proprietary databases, which subsequently formed the nucleus for the public float of Paladin in 1994.
The Company’s uranium projects include Langer Heinrich in Namibia; Kayelekera in Malawi; and Manyingee in Western Australia. Each of these projects had feasibility studies carried out by previous owners during the 1980s, and Paladin secured them at low cost during the depressed uranium market.
Paladin has augmented its resource base in Australia through the acquisition of Valhalla Uranium Pty Ltd, whose primary assets are the 50% joint venture interests in the Valhalla and Skal deposits near Mount Isa in Queensland and 41.71% ownership of the Bigrlyi deposit in the Northern Territory.
Paladin also has an 82.08% controlling interest in Summit Resources Limited, Valhalla’s joint venture partner at Mount Isa and the holder of other promising exploration titles in the region.
In February 2008, Paladin, in conjunction with joint venture partner Cameco, were selected from a highly-competitive field to explore the Angela and Pamela deposits located approximately 25 km south of the town of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. Following successful completion of 2 drilling programmes, an updated Mineral Resource estimate was completed by the JV partners in July 2011.
In February 2009, Paladin completed the takeover of Fusion Resources, adding the Duke Batman and Honey Pot deposits to the existing Mount Isa project area. The capacity of the LHM operation has been successfully expanded to a production rate of 5.2Mlb per annum.
LHM in Namibia is Paladin’s flagship project. Having reached its initial production of 2.7Mlb U3O8 per annum in 2008, the mine completed its Stage 2 ramp-up to 3.7Mlb per annum in the 2010 financial year. Subsequently, the Company has completed a Stage 3 expansion and is now producing at a 5.2Mlb per annum rate. An additional Stage 4 expansion review is currently nearing finalisation with the view to potentially increase production up to 10Mlb per annum at a later date when the economics justify such additional investment. The amount of quality technical work had been completed on this project since its discovery in 1973, mainly by Gencor (the original explorer), a large South African mining house that evolved into BHP Billiton. Paladin acquired Langer Heinrich in 2002, and started a BFS in 2004.
Paladin’s Board approved the development proposal at a capital cost of US$92M in 2005; site works began in September 2005; and, the project construction was completed on time and within budget. The mine was officially opened by the President of the Republic of Namibia in March 2007.
KM in Malawi, the Company’s second mine, provides an excellent follow-up to Langer Heinrich. A Development Agreement with the Government of Malawi was executed in February 2007, which provides fiscal stability for the project for ten years. KM was officially opened in April 2009 and is now operating at design production rates of 3.3Mlb U3O8. Project life is expected to run for at least an additional 8 years with exploration underway to identify feedstocks to extend the current project life.
In November 2010, Paladin completed the takeover of NGM Resources Ltd, which gave the Company access to a significant area of ground prospective for uranium in Niger. This acquisition gives Paladin a foothold in a country with a substantial and long standing uranium production history. Programmes have been developed and are being put in place to both extend and expand the current Inferred Mineral Resource of 10.9Mlb at the Takardeit project and explore the prospective landholding within the tenement package.
In February 2011, Paladin completed the acquisition of its first Canadian project, establishing the Company on another continent. Paladin acquired the uranium assets of Canadian company Aurora Energy Resources Inc. (Aurora) which added a significant tenement package in the highly prospective Central Mineral Belt (CMB) in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Aurora had already established a Mineral Resource base of 40.2Mt at 0.09% U3O8 (83.8Mlb) of Measured and Indicated category material, with an additional 29.0Mt at 0.08% U3O8 (53.0Mlb) of Inferred category resources.
Australian Uranium Mining Ban
A uranium mining ban dating back to 1989 had been in place, hindering the group’s Australian activities for more than a decade. This ban was overturned in October 2012, paving the way for firms like Paladin to take advantage of the vast resources available; exploration had not been prohibited and thus the reserves have been targeted and are ready for mining.
- Rick Crabb – Chairman - Non-Executive (Legal/Corporate)
- John Borshoff – Managing Director/CEO (Technical/Commercial)
- Sean Llewelyn – Director - Non-Executive (Commercial/Finance)
- Donald Shumka – Director - Non-Executive (Finance)
- Peter Donkin - Director - Non-Executive (Finance)
- Philip Baily - Director - Non-Executive (Technical)
- Gillian Swaby – Company Secretary
- Alan Rule – Chief Financial Officer
- Queensland lifts decades-long ban on uranium mining, South Africa: Mining Weekly, 2012, retrieved 22 October 2012