Langer Heinrich is a conventional open pit uranium mine located in the Republic of Namibia in southern Africa. The mine site is within the Erongo Region, 180km west of the national capital, Windhoek and 80 km east of the major deepwater seaport at Walvis Bay, a well established city and the main sea port of Namibia, and the coastal town of Swakopmund.
The deposit was discovered in 1973 and the mine was officially opened on March 15th, 2007. Currently, a proven and probable reserve base of 24.5 million tonnes at a grade of 0.07% U3O8 gives the mine a 27 year life with the potential for extension of the reserves and minelife given favourable surrounding geology.
The mining operation is designed to produce 1,180 tonnes per year of uranium oxide concentrate from 1.5 million tonnes of calcrete associated ores by ore beneficiation, alkaline leaching, counter-current decantation, ion exchange, precipitation, and calcining.
Having missed its original date of June, 2007, the mine is now expected to ramp up to the initial stated production of 2.6 million pounds (1,180 tonnes) per year of U3O8 by January, 2008. Having only recently been successfully comissioned, Langer Heinrich is the first new uranium mine and mill to be constructed worldwide in 25 years.