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prefeasibility study and design and environmental review

prefeasibility study and design and environmental review
client
Rio Tinto Canada Uranium
location
Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan’s Athabasca Basin is home to the world's highest-known grade of uranium. When Rio Tinto Canada Uranium Corporation considered advanced exploration options for a uranium mine in the Athabasca Basin, it turned to Barr for a prefeasibility study of surface infrastructure to support its shaft pilot drilling, shaft sinking, and headframe construction. With a focus on the planned exploration activities and mine-water quality and quantity, Barr prepared prefeasibility-level designs with sufficient detail for advanced exploration planning, provided prefeasibility-level cost estimating, and reviewed environmental assessment and permitting regulations and their applicability to the project.

Barr’s designs included site layout and grading, access roads, water storage and management, mine-water treatment, discharge pipeline for treated effluent, rock stockpiles for clean and special waste, and potable-water and sewage treatment.

Barr worked with Rio Tinto to identify and review potential cost, schedule, and environmental risks associated with the project’s design and construction. Then, as part of a project-wide risk assessment, we entered those risks into a client-approved risk register. In addition, Barr performed value engineering and participated in a value-improvement workshop to identify ways to optimize project cost and schedule.

We continue to provide ongoing design services and assess project risks and opportunities.