COMUFCompagnie des Mines d'Uranium de Franceville (French: Uranium Mining Company of Franceville; Franceville, Gabon)
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Therefore each Mercury will produce about 240 t of ore daily; the four units providing Comuf with its current target of 1,000 t/d of ore.
Since Comuf's operation is the only underground mine in the country there are no local distributors of such equipment.
The mobility of these drill jumbos has been important to mechanising Comuf's operations but no jumbo is designed to have its mobility tested to such a degree!
Comuf's ore is treated in a conventional uranium processing plant using acid leaching and solvent extraction.
Recent years have seen a cutback in exploration due to the weak uranium market, but Comuf will be conducting an exploration programme over Okelo North following a re-interpretation of this deposit and its genesis by a sedimentologist.
As it is, Comuf is not short of reserves, with an inventory estimated at 28,000 t of uranium metal contained in ores averaging 0.3% U.
It is already a vital link for Comuf and Comilog to receive supplies and ship their products to the port of Owendo.
Le Syndicat or Eteke, a joint venture between the government (45%), Comuf (35%) and BRGM (20%) has carried out a major exploration of the Eteke gold district south of the centre of the country.
Ownership: Comuf 100% (itself owned by the French uranium company Cogema 57.8%, the government holds 24.8%, Uranium Pechiney 10.6%, Cofimer 5.8% and the remaining 1 % is held by private Gabonese investors)