Project to extract uranium from coal ash

02 February 2007

[Sparton Resources, 16 January] Sparton Resources Inc of Canada has signed an agreement with the Xiaolongtang Guodian Power Co, a subsidiary of China Guodian Group, for a program to test and possibly commercialize the extraction of uranium from waste coal ash at one of the company's thermal power stations in Yunnan province. Spartan, together with its partner ARCN - the remote sensing and research branch of state-owned China National Nuclear Corp (CNNC) - has identified Xiaolongtang and nearby power plants as a possible major supply of uraniferous coal ash. The company said that "if amenable to economic uranium extraction methods [this] could develop into a significant supply of uranium for China's developing nuclear power program."

Further information

China Guodian Corp
Sparton Resources

WNA Naturally-Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORM)information paper