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In one of the world's poorest countries, the main operating uranium firms are French firm AREVA (Ex COGEMA), and Chinese firm SOMINA. The Uranium mined here has not made anyone rich, and the problems are manyfold - from toxic tailings to polluted drinking water and horrible working conditions for the miners.


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Grève dans une mine d'Areva au Niger

Le personnel de la mine d'uranium Cominak d'Areva au Niger s'est mis en grève pour trois jours lundi, affirmant n'avoir pas perçu intégralement les primes liées à la réalisation d'objectifs financiers en 2015, ont déclaré deux syndicats. «Sur les 800 salariés de Cominak, seuls neuf n'ont pas respecté l'appel à la grève ce matin», a dit Miou Amadou, patron de la section Cominak du syndicat Synamin. Il précise que 70% du montant des primes seulement avaient été versés. Le syndicat Syntramin a également apporté son appui à la grève.

 

Située dans le nord-ouest du Niger, Cominak a produit 1607 tonnes d'uranium en 2015. Areva détient 34% de la mine et une holding publique nigérienne 31%, le japonais Overseas Uranium Resources Development Company 25% et l'espagnol Empresa Nacional des Uranio les 10% restants.

Indefinite hiatus: The Imouraren project in Niger will not recover any time soon

Nuclear-SymbolThe Imouraren project was supposed to be Arevas uranium poster child. The second largest uranium deposit in the world, being developed in tandem with the government of Niger, to produce uranium for the global market.

In 2015, however, the project seems to be on indefinite hiatus.

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Protests in Niger - ROTAB demonstration March 29th

Find a french report on the ROTAB-demonstration here: http://nigerinformation.blogspot.ca/2014/03/la-marche-du-rotab-du-samedi-29-et-la.html

Who makes the most of Niger's Uranium?

Niger needs French protection and France needs Uranium. But the relationship is far from equal. Sam Piranty of ThinkAfricaPress provides a closer look: Vive la Françafrique! Who Benefits from Niger's Uranium?

Reuters Report: Atomic Split / AREVA in Niger

[13.02.2014] Uranium giant Niger is one of the poorest countries on earth. It wants more from France's AREVA. Report by Daniel Flynn and Geert de Clerq: Atomic Split.

Uranium mining did not bring any money to Niger

[06.02.2014] "Uranium has not enriched Niger. The former French colony remains one of the poorest countries on earth. More than 60 percent of its 17 million people survive on less than $1 a day." (Reuters: Special Report - Area and Niger's uranium fight)

Further information on Niger

Uranabbau im Niger bringt keinen Aufschwung

[05.02.2014] Artikel von Marvin Kumetat auf Spiegel Online: Uranabbau im Niger: Der Fluch des strahlenden Reichtums. Obwohl Niger sehr viel Uran exportiert und dem Westen so einen Betrieb von "sauberer" Atomkraft ermöglicht, kommt nur wenig bis gar kein Reichtum im zweitärmsten Land der Erde an. Die Auswirkungen des Uranabbaus auf Mensch und Umwelt sind derweil katastrophal.

Weitere Informationen zu Niger

Both mines in Arlit still in "maintenance mode"

Areva (Somair and Cominak) has put both its mines in northern Niger in so-called "maintenance mode" since mid-January. Currently, the Nigerian government and the French company are struggling over mining rights and taxes, as the current contract ended last year. Niger : les deux mines d'Areva toujours à l'arrêt pour «maintenance» (RFI)