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What is Uranium?
- Uranium is a naturally existing element, embedded in low concentration in rocks, soil, water and even in living tissue in animal and individual people. It is a silver grey metallic element, it has the highest weight of atoms of all natural deposits, and is significantly heavier than lead.
- Uranium is mostly known for its radioactive characteristics and it is these characteristics, which makes this element interesting in the context of commercial use primarily within production of energy.
Uranium in Greenland
- Seeing that the primary minerals in Kuannersuit/Kvanefjeld contains both rare earth elements and uranium, it is not possible to extract the rare earth elements selectively and leave the uranium. those two products can only be separated chemically from the mined ore. A "denial" to the use of uranium is consequently a "no" for the use of rare earth elements from Kuannersuit/Kvanefjeld.
- The Greenland government have introduced a rider to the "Standard conditions for exploration in Greenland." This appendix makes it possible, when application is approved, to include radioactive elements as minerals, that can be exploited with the purpose of performing thorough evaluation and report.
- The application by Greenland Minerals & Energy under the new statutory instrument has been approved. Following we have a clear vision for further development for the exploitation of the rare earth elements and uranium for the Kvanefjeld-project, in which final feasibility studies in cooperation with the greenlandic government and interest groups shall be conducted.
- The uranium from the Kvanefjeld-mine can not be used for weaponry. The uranium can exclusively be exported to countries that process the uranium in connection with the production of pure energy in their nuclear power plants, and only if the country has signed the anti-spread treaty of nuclear-weapon, a treaty supervised by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), an organization within UN. The uranium will not be enriched in Denmark or Greenland.
Approximately 16 percent of the worlds electricity comes from nuclear power
- Commercially, uranium is mainly used as fuel to the production of energy. approximately 16 percent of the worlds electricity comes from nuclear power.
- The nuclear fuel circuit produces virtually no greenhouse gas. It prevents emission of multiple billions of tons of CO2 out to the atmosphere. countries such as Finland, Germany and France use nuclear power to produce electricity. Denmark enjoys the benefits of electricity-supply from Sweden, which also uses nuclear power to produce energy.
- Nuclear power plants work, just like all other power plants by generating heat, which boils water to produce steam, which drives the generators. In a nuclear reactor, the steam production is done by core fission.
No greenhouse gasse
- Unlike other forms of energy supply with (grundlast), e.g. goal, oil and gas, uranium does not emit greenhouse gas.
Sourcee: Comparative Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Power Generation.
- Even though the concentration of the uranium at Kvanefjeld-area is low, in particular compared to the concentration in canadian mines, the safety standards for the Kvanefjeld-project are very strict. a number of measures for safety are taken in order to protect the health of the employees: Emission of dust and radon is controlled to minimize the exposure via inhalation. Employees exposed to handle the drill ores, are submit to strict sanitary requirements, and breathing protection mask is a requirement when working in dusty environments.
- Everyone through out the world is exposed to some extent of radiation, whether ore mining is conducted or not. the radiation exposure will be highly reduced (far below the international and australian/canadian guidelines for exposure), since handling period is restricted, the distance to radioactive material is maximized, regularly sanitation of hands is secured and it is required, to carry personal/safety devices, inclusive cloves, safety goggles and boilersuit.
- Rock pieces, which contain minerals with elements, inclusive uranium, has been displayed on the surface in the huge Kvanefjeld-area in millions of years. The outcome is, that radiation has been a natural part of the environment, long before the first man sat his foot in the soil of Greenland, and without visible or known harmful effect on the local ecosystem.