Day 20 review:

The Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission returned to Topic 7 today, investigating the “expansion of exploration and mining”.

The first witness was Toro Energy’s managing director Dr Vanessa Guthrie. Toro Energy Limited is an Australian uranium company based in Perth. From its establishment in 2006 until 2013, Toro’s exploration operations were concentrated in South Australia. Currently, it holds exploration interests in Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Namibia, Africa, and is undertaking the approvals process to establish the Wiluna Uranium Mine in the Northern Goldfields of Western Australia.

Dr Vanessa Guthrie holds qualifications in geology, environment, law and business management, and has worked in the mining industry for 25 years. Key topics covered included:

  • Economic viability of exploration and mining for uranium
  • Addressing barriers to an expansion in uranium exploration and mining
  • Skills and capabilities to support an expansion in uranium exploration and mining

Representatives from South Australia’s Department of State Development Dr Ted Tyne and Mr Greg Marshall appeared as the next witnesses.

Dr Tyne has been the Executive Director of the Mineral Resources Division within the Department of State Development since 2005. The Mineral Resources Division oversees investment, case management and regulation during the entire minerals value chain Greg Marshall is the Director of Mining Regulation within the Mineral Resources Division. The Mining Regulation Directorate is responsible for regulating mining operations in South Australia. Their evidence covered:

  • The current status of the uranium mining industry in South Australia and projections for the future
  • The role of the Department of State Development in supporting the uranium mining industry
  • Regulation of the uranium mining industry in South Australia, including bonds for mine rehabilitation

Video and transcripts of each session will be uploaded into the Public Sessions archive.

The next public session is on Thursday, November 12, 2015, in the Commission’s office, 50 Grenfell St, Adelaide.

Click here for topic and witness list for this session which covers Topic 13 – Community engagement and nuclear facilities.