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Workshop on Recent Developments in Evaluation of Uranium and Thorium Resources and Possibilities for Application of UNFC

Workshop on Recent Developments in Evaluation of Uranium and Thorium Resources and Possibilities for Application of UNFC

15 - 18 October 2012
Lisbon Portugal

Jointly organized by:

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Ibero-American Programme for Science, Technology and Development (CYTED)
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) 
In collaboration with  
Direção Geral de Energia e Geologia, Government of Portugal 
Empresa de Desenvolvimento Mineiro, SA

The Workshop was hosted by the Government of Portugal and opened by Mr. Carlos Caxaria, Deputy Director General, Directorate General for Energy and Geology, Ministry of Economy and Employment of Portugal. 

More than 60 Government representatives with expertise in uranium, thorium and minerals participated from Argentina, Brazil, Cameroon, Chile, China, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Indonesia, Iraq, Mongolia, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom and Venezuela.

Mine Visit
On 17 October, a site visit was undertaken to the Urgeiriça Uranium and Radium Mine, which is an underground mine that used conventional techniques until 1973 and, after that, in-situ leaching to recover low-grade ore.  A uranium mill facility was also built nearby for ore processing.  The visit was organized by Empresa de Desenvolvimento Mineiro, SA (EDM), which is the state enterprise responsible for the restoration of mining sites in Portugal. Technical details relating to the remediation of the mine were explained during the visit.


Document Title & Symbol ENG FRE RUS
Final Programme PDF    
Uranium and thorium experts agree on widespread need for UNFC 
(UNECE Weekly 502 (pages 2-3), 6 Nov 2012)
Mapping the Full Life Cycle of Uranium Mining: Landmark Meeting in Lisbon
(IAEA News Report, 9 November 2012)


Presentation Title & Author ENG
15 October 2012  Session 1: UNFC and Nuclear Fuel Resources
Chairs: David MacDonald and Jim Ross
Adoption of the Agenda and Meeting Objectives
Introduction to Uranium and Thorium Resources – Evaluation and Reporting Issues
Hari Tulsidas, IAEA
UNFC - Background and Historical Evolution
Charlotte Griffiths, UNECE
Purpose of Resource Classification, Fundamental Principles and System Applications
David MacDonald, BP, UK and Chairman, EGRC
UNFC - How it works in Practice
Jim Ross, Ross Petroleum, UK and Chairman, EGRC Specifications Taskforce
UNFC – Stakeholder Benefits
David MacDonald, BP, UK and Chairman, EGRC
Reporting Uranium and Thorium Resources: Applying UNFC
Hari Tulsidas, IAEA
Uranium and Thorium Resources of Latin America: UNFC applications 
Roberto Villas-Bôas, CYTED/CETEM
Nuclear Energy and Uranium Requirements for Brazil
Leonam Guimaraes Santos, Electronuclear, Brazil
‘Comprehensive Extraction’ and UNFC
Julian Hilton, Aleff Group, UK
Radiometric Mapping in Portugal
Daniel de Oliveira, LNEG, Portugal
16 October, 2012 – Uranium and Thorium Exploration and Resources – Possibilities for UNFC Application
Chairs: Roberto Villas-Bôas and Luis Martins
Uranium Resources in Portugal
J M Matos Dias, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Uranium Resources in Poland - History and Current Research
Ewelina Chajduk, Institute of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology, Poland
Mining Conflicts in Latin America
Hugo Nielson & Roberto Sarudiansky, UNSAM & OLAMI, Argentina
Uranium and Thorium Resources Perspectives for the Nuclear Power Generation in Argentina
Luis Lopez, CNEA, Argentina
Prospecting, Exploration and Evaluation of Uranium and Thorium in Paraguay
Benjamin Pistilli, Ministerio de Obras Publicas y Comunicaciones, Paraguay
Experience of Cuba in Changing Public Perception Regarding Nuclear Energy
David Pérez-Martin, Cubaenergia, Cuba
Uranium and Thorium Production in Brazil: Present and Near Future Status
Luiz Alberto Gomerio, INB, Brazil
Thorium Resources of Brazil – Exploration History
Getulio Shoji Miyasaki, CNEN, Brazil
Thorium Potential of Turkey - Resources and Recent Developments
Numan Bodur, ETI Mine Works, Turkey
Management of Radioactive Residues in Spain
Amparo Espartero, CIEMAT, Spain
Recent Developments in Uranium Industry in China
Yi Zhang, CNNC, China
Uranium and Thorium Exploration Activities and Their Processing Research in Indonesia
Agus Sumaryanto, BATAN, Indonesia
Historical Review and Current Exploration Activities for Nuclear Minerals in the Philippines
Rolando Reyes, PNRI, Philippines
Uranium and Thorium Resources in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Historical and Current Status
François Kazadi Kabuya, CGEA, DR Congo
17 October, 2012  
18 October, 2012
Chairs: Julian Hilton and Hari Tulsidas
Uranium in Sudan
Suliaman Garallah, Geological Research Authority & Hajo Idriss, SAEC, Sudan
Current Status of Uranium Exploration in Cameroon
Julie Pulcherie, ANRP, Cameroon
Nuclear Power Plants Development Programme in Chilé, 2009 - 2030
Fernando Sierpe, Colego de Ingenieros de Chile, Chilé
Uranium in Egypt with Abu Rusheid Area as an Example
Khaleal Farrage, Nuclear Materials Authority, Egypt
Current Status of Uranium and Thorium Exploration in Sri Lanka
Kithsiri Dissanayake, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka