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 Post subject: Indian Uranium Mines
PostPosted: Dec 29, 2009 1:18 am 
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jagdish has written many times that India is short of conventional nuclear fuels. A correspondent on the forum said that "India just needs to develop $200/lb Uranium."

I thought there might be more to the story, so I found a web reference that accumulates substantial information about world uranium resources, including India: http://www.wise-uranium.org

I analyzed the difficulties. The basic one is that nuclear fuel development is wildly unpopular in India. It seems to me that India's present difficulties with Uranium show that India's future with Thorium fuel will also be very difficult, even after the reactors, etc. are available. So, this means that cultural issues may doom India to an indefinite future of poverty and misery caused by perennial energy shortages or pollution from fossil fuels. (Please understand, I would love to be wrong about this, but also, culture is destiny, unless it changes.)

It seems that Indian U developers, to wit, "The Uranium Corporation of India, Ltd." could access many available deposits of U, but often fail because of successful social opposition. So, it may be that the most important Indian issue is to increase the social acceptance of nuclear power in India, rather than develop Thorium. Buying foreign fuels is a logical response (export U mining deaths to Austrailia!), but is prevented by the wide acceptance of the NPT, which forces an embargo. India can't sign the NPT because it is threatened by nuclear war from Pakistan, and must defend itself.

One real way forward might be to recognize that the cost of fuel is a tiny fraction of the cost of nuclear power, and to extract it with greatest attention to the quality of the environment and the health of miners and other workers. The combination of skillful public relations and fulfilled promises should eventually permit successful fuel development. (Perhaps this is the $200/lb fuel the correspondent proposed?)

Most of India's U deposits are small, but there, so development is physically possible.
However, many of these are also opposed by local groups of concerned citizens.
For example:
Mohuldih mine: http://www.wise-uranium.org/upin.html#MOHULDIH
Lambapur-Peddagattu: http://www.wise-uranium.org/upin.html#LAMBAPUR

There are a few that are unopposed, but it's clearly because of desperation,
not reasoned agreement that U mining is safe:
Baghjanta mine, 500t/day: http://www.wise-uranium.org/upin.html#BAGHJANTA
The locals said they would "prefer dying of radiation to dying of hunger"

Also, India doesn't seem to be missing any tricks about using low concentration
ores that require merely a big factory, but these just aren't up to the job yet:
The Rakha, Surda and Mosaboni Uranium Recovery Plants recover small amounts of U from copper mine tailings.
India's working on sea water recovery: http://www.wise-uranium.org/upin.html#Uranium recovery from sea water
Also alkali recovery leaching: http://www.wise-uranium.org/upin.html#Pulivendula


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 Post subject: Re: Indian Uranium Mines
PostPosted: Dec 29, 2009 4:52 am 
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India is a large tract of densely populated area and any change of land use inconveniences a lot of people. A recent glaring example was opposition to the NANO car plant which could have brought jobs and development to the area. A near complete plant had to be abandoned in West Bengal after the local Communist Government had acquired the land and handed it over! Uranium mines or mills carry the stigma of radioactivity in addition. It happens in other countries but unpopulated land can generally be spared.


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 Post subject: Re: Indian Uranium Mines
PostPosted: Dec 29, 2009 8:13 am 
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India is a large tract of corrupt political demogogues and a very large uneducated rural population that is often manipulated by typical fearmongering politicians. When they actually bother to jail Lalu, maybe I'll believe they can actually pursue independant mining contracts. As is Indias entire strategic policy is a mishmash of incompetant civil servants trying to get the biggest chunk of corrupt entitlements.


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 Post subject: Re: Indian Uranium Mines
PostPosted: Dec 29, 2009 11:42 pm 
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FYI wise-uranium.com is a product of the hardcore international antinuke group based in the Netherlands. The US branch is know as NIRS.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Info ... _on_Energy
http://www.nirs.org/about/wise.htm


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 Post subject: Re: Indian Uranium Mines
PostPosted: Dec 30, 2009 7:50 pm 
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It seems that WISE has only one agendum / dogma: Oppose nuclear power.

When an organization has only one agendum, there is little point in attempting to work with it since if it lost its agendum, it would cease to have a reason to exist thereby threatening the livelihoods and reason for living of the people working for it.

At least other organizations opposing nuclear power do not have that as their sole agendum and therefore they are more likely to be open to reason.


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