With global interest in uranium increasing again and the future of uranium mining in Australia looking brighter than ever, the timing of the AusIMM International Uranium Conference in Darwin on June 11 and 12 is ideal. The conference, which is entering its eighth year, will be held at the Holiday Inn Esplanade Hotel in Darwin, Northern Territory.
In its eighth consecutive year, the conference returns to Darwin after four years and will present more than 40 technical papers during a two-day program. Papers will showcase themes relating to geology and exploration, processing technologies, mining, milling and transport, supply and demand, approvals, policy and the ever important best practices across health, safety, education and training. The program includes a similar number of papers to 2012 which indicates resilient times in the uranium industry and sponsor and exhibitor support continues to build and is close to the 2012 figures.
This year, tours will be held at Energy Resources Australia’s (ERA) Ranger Mine and the Northern Territory Government’s Rum Jungle Mine. In addition to the formal program and tours there will be a number of social functions, including the annual conference dinner, which will be held at the SkyCity Darwin Casino.
Recognizing the importance of continuing public education and transparency, there will also be a Public Information Session held during the program. This session continues to be free to give the wider public and delegates the opportunity to hear from experts that attend the event to address key industry and community concerns and explain how risks are managed and how best practice is applied.
2013 will build on a solid history of a highly renowned technical conference program with valued industry speakers who are accepted into the conference after peer reviews on all content.
Keynote speakers include Australian Uranium Association chief executive officer Michael Angwin and World Nuclear Association director for information Ian Hore-Lacy. Michael Angwin has been responsible for establishing the association, its decision-making processes, its agenda and its advocacy approach. His interest is in research-based advocacy; in widening and deepening the industry’s stakeholder relationships based on clearer understandings about how stakeholders perceive the nuclear fuel cycle; and on the need for the uranium industry to establish and make known its stewardship and best practice credentials. The World Nuclear Association is an international trade association based in London and Ian Hore-Lacy’s function is primarily focused on public information on nuclear power via the Web.
Government speakers include Federal Member for Brand, Minister for Resources and Energy, Minister for Tourism and Minister for Small Business Gary Gray; NSW Government Minister for Resources & Energy, Special Minister for State, Minister for the Central Coast and Member for Terrigal Chris Hartcher; and Northern Territory Minister for Primary Industry and Fisheries, Minister for Mines and Energy, Minister for Land Resource Management and Minister for Essential Services Willem Westra Van Holthe.
Other speakers include Strata Energy chief executive officer Ralph Knode and Cameco Australia managing director Brian Reilly. Conference chair will be FAusIMM and Paladin Energy’s Mark Chalmers.