Sulphuric acid plant for Husab

Swakop Uranium, developers of the N$20 billion Husab mine, have confirmed plans to build a 500,000 ton sulphuric acid plant at the mine.
In an e-mailed response to questions, Grant Marais, Swakop Uranium’s Director for Communication and Stakeholder Involvement told the Economist on Thursday that construction of the sulphuric acid plant will start in the second quarter of this year.
Sulphuric acid is a key chemical used to recover uranium in an ore body.
Sources said this week that Swakop Uranium was planning on building a sulphuric acid plant after the company failed to secure a guarantee of supply from Gecko. However, Marais said construction of an acid plant has always been part of the original feasibility studies.