COMINAK soothes the thirst of animals in Iferouane

November 12, 2013

On October 18, 2013, Compagnie Minière d’Akouta (Cominak)*, operated by AREVA in the north of Niger, handed out water wells fed by solar pumps to four villages in the rural town of Iferouane.

Four tanks, each designed to contain 10m3 of water, were installed in the villages of Fowdet, Etagas, Agadal and Tchiaran. The tanks are filled by submerged solar pumps. They will feed water to basins providing water to farm animals.

The cattle and goat farmers of this pastoralist region thanked Cominak for its contribution to the development of their economic activities. The city's Vice-Mayor, Mr. Mohamed Ilatou, offered the following comment: "We are immensely satisfied. These facilities contribute to the restoration of peace by preventing disputes between animal farmers who need to provide water to their respective herds. This support will also contribute to the schooling of our children, who will not have fetch water for the animals day after day."

* Since 1978, Cominak has operated several uranium deposits in the Arlit Department. The company's shareholders include AREVA (34%) Société du Patrimoine des Mines du Niger (SOPAMIN) (31%), Overseas Uranium Development Company Ltd of Japan (OURD) (25%), and Empresa Nacional del Uranio S.A. of Spain (10%).