The President of Niger visits IMOURAREN
January 24, 2012
On January 22, Mahamadou Issoufou, president of the Republic of Niger, visited the Imouraren mine in the company of Sébastien de Montessus and Christophe Bouchard, the French ambassador to Niger, as well as Mohamed Akotey, chairman of the board of IMOURAREN SA, and the managing directors of AREVA Mines Niger and the entities operating the mines there.
After looking over the site where the future open pit uranium mine will be located, the president visited the workshop where the 220-ton trucks that will be used in removing the overburden are being assembled.
During the meeting with the personnel at the site, President Issoufou noted: “Imouraren is an important project for the economic development of Niger. It has my full support, and I would like to see everyone mobilized so that production can begin as soon as possible.”
Commented Sébastien de Montessus: “The president’s visit is an important moment for AREVA in Niger and an opportunity to salute the work done by the teams here. Right now, more than one thousand people are working at Imouraren, which is one of the six key projects in the group’s Strategic Action Plan. Our objective is to exploit this deposit, which will be the largest uranium mine in Africa and also AREVA’s largest.”
This visit was made during a trip by President Issoufou to the département of Arlit, where the Festival de l’Aïr, a very popular cultural and touristic event of which AREVA and the mining companies SOMAÏR, COMINAK and IMOURAREN SA are sponsors, was being held.