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Kayerekera Uranium Extraction, Malawi


The project is Uranium mining at the Kayelekera Uranium mine owned by Paladin Resources Limited - an Australian Company.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Kayerekera Uranium Extraction, Malawi
State or province:Karonga
Location of conflict:Kayerekera
Accuracy of locationHIGH (Local level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Nuclear
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Mineral ore exploration
Uranium extraction
Specific commodities:Uranium
Project Details and Actors
Project details

The amount of Uranium extracted from the Kayelekera Uranium mine is 3.8 Mlb of U3O8 [1,462 t U] per annum ( source:

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Project area:5,550
Level of Investment:15000000
Type of populationSemi-urban
Affected Population:100,000 people
Start of the conflict:2009
Company names or state enterprises:Paladin Africa Limited from Malawi - a subsidiary to Paladin Energy Limited
Paladin Energy Limited from Australia
Relevant government actors:Department of Energy, The Environmental Affairs Department, Department of Mines, ministry of Labour, The Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Citizens for Justice (CFJ), ActionAid Malawi (AAIM), Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR), The Catholic Relief Services (CRS), The Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP), Foundation for Community Support Services (FOCUS), Institute for Policy Interaction (IPI), Uraha Foundation
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityMEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
Reaction stageIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups mobilizing:Indigenous groups or traditional communities
International ejos
Local ejos
Social movements
Trade unions
Religious groups
Forms of mobilization:Community-based participative research (popular epidemiology studies, etc..)
Creation of alternative reports/knowledge
Development of a network/collective action
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Media based activism/alternative media
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Global warming, Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Soil contamination
Potential: Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Desertification/Drought, Fires, Floods (river, coastal, mudflow), Food insecurity (crop damage), Genetic contamination, Noise pollution, Soil erosion, Waste overflow, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion, Large-scale disturbance of hydro and geological systems, Reduced ecological / hydrological connectivity, Mine tailing spills
Health ImpactsVisible: Accidents, Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…), Health problems related to alcoholism, prostitution, Occupational disease and accidents, Other environmental related diseases
Potential: Infectious diseases
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors, Displacement, Social problems (alcoholism, prostitution, etc..), Violations of human rights, Land dispossession
Potential: Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment
Project StatusIn operation
Conflict outcome / response:Compensation
Deaths, Assassinations, Murders
New legislation
Violent targeting of activists
Application of existing regulations
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:No
Briefly explain:All the issues of concern raised by the communities, CSOs, and faith groupings have not been adequately addressed.
Sources & Materials
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Other comments:The total investment is estimated to be between US$10 million - US$15 million.
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Contributor:William Nyirenda
Last update08/04/2014
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