Resource Uranium (U3O8)
Company

Quasar Resources Pty Ltd

Status Operating
Mining operation

In situ recovery (ISR) - the chemical process of extracting minerals from the host rock underground through utilisation of specially designed wellfields. Where the ore exists in an underground aquifer, as is the case at Four Mile, oxygen and a weak acid mining solution is pumped through the ore body to dissolve the uranium minerals. The dissolved uranium is then pumped to the surface, loaded onto resin at the Beverley North Pannikan plant then transferred to the Beverley Processing Plant for further processing via the ion exchange (IX) process, dried and packaged for export.

LocationApproximately 115 km northeast of Leigh Creek, adjacent to the Beverley and Beverley North Uranium Mine, 550 km north of Adelaide, east of the northern Flinders RangesMap: 115 km northeast of Leigh Creek
Tenement information

Mining lease (ML) 6402

Information about Four Mile Uranium Mine tenements is available via the South Australian Resources Information Gateway (SARIG)

The deposit
  • On the western boundary of the Callabonna sub-basin
  • Ground surface consists of about 15 m of gravels of the Tertiary Willawortina formation, overlying sands of Tertiary Upper Eyre Formation
  • Mineralisation occurs within the Tertiary Lower Eyre Formation at a depth ranging from 150 m to 200 m and averaging 180 m

Resource estimates and production estimates

Company released resource estimates and production statistics for South Australia's major operating and approved mines are summarised in South Australia's major operating/approved mines: resources estimates and production statistics (PDF, updated regularly).

Approval process The program for environment protection and rehabilitation (PEPR) submitted December 2016 has been approved.
Documents and reports

Program for environment protection and rehabilitation (PEPR)

Mining compliance report

Mining lease proposal

Uranium incident reports

South Australia’s uranium mines and processing facilities are required to report incidents involving the unplanned release of radioactive process materials, radioactive liquids or radioactive wastes associated with the physical and chemical processing of uranium ores, following standard criteria and procedures.

No incidents have been reported to date at the Four Mile uranium mine.

Standard criteria and procedures for reporting uranium incidents