AREVA Hosts Open Houses on Kiggavik Project

AREVA is hosting a series of open houses Nov. 13-21 in seven Kivalliq communities focusing on its proposed Kiggavik Project. Residents from the communities are encouraged to stop by to learn more about the Kiggavik Project and pose questions or offer comments to the AREVA team members there.

More than 100 residents attended the first two days of the open house in Baker Lake, NU, the closest community to the proposed project. The Kiggavik Project is located 80 km west of Baker Lake. On Nov. 15, AREVA held an open house at Repulse Bay, near the Arctic Circle, which was attended by some 25 local residents. The tour concludes at Arviat on Nov. 21.

In each community, AREVA representatives are available to meet with people interested in finding our more about the Kiggavik Project. Residents can also ask questions about AREVA’s draft environmental impact statement on the Kiggavik Project, which was submitted to the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) in 2012. Earlier this year, AREVA provided responses to more than 400 technical comments from various organizations about the project.

One key goal of the open houses is to receive feedback from residents on how to improve the project especially regarding how the project would monitor potential environmental effects and how it would mitigate any potential effects. This feedback may be incorporated in the final environmental impact statement, which the company expects to submit to NIRB late next year.

In addition, AREVA staffers meet with local high school students to discuss potential careers in the uranium mining sector. They also fielded many questions about uranium mining, nuclear energy and other energy sources from students and teachers.

For more information about the Kiggavik Project, please visit: www.kiggavik.ca.

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AREVA Participates in Kivalliq Trade Show

AREVA Resources Canada was proud to take part in the Kivalliq Trade Show, which took place in Rankin Inlet from September 30 to October 2. The Trade Show, which brings together over 45 exhibitors and 160 delegates from across Nunavut, explored the theme “Road to Opportunities” for this year’s gathering. AREVA was also happy to support the event as a “Leading Partner”.

Barry McCallum, AREVA’s Manager of Nunavut Affairs, and Dan Zunti, Facility and Logistics Coordinator, attended the trade show and spent time discussing the proposed Kiggavik project with government officials, members of Inuit organizations, and other members of the Nunavut business community.

McCallum also provided a “Uranium 101” presentation to conference delegates. The presentation gave an overview on the global uranium industry, and provided specific focus on how companies such as AREVA work to protect employees and the environment from the radiation risks that uranium mining can present.

“The trade show was a great opportunity for companies working in the Kivalliq region to get together,” said MCallum. “This year’s theme, Road to Opportunities, is a perfect fit for what we’re doing at AREVA. The Kiggavik project has already created a number of economic opportunities for small businesses and willing workers across the Kivalliq region, and we believe these opportunities will continue to grow as the project moves forward.“

For more details on the Trade Show, please visit their website here.

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AREVA Supports Kivalliq Science Camp

A group of 32 students and their teachers from the Kivalliq region recently spent a week learning about geology, first aid, and the global positioning system (GPS) at the Kivalliq Science Camp, which was held from September 4-9. The camp, which is run by the Kivalliq Science Educators Community (KSEC), aims to provide students with hands-on learning experiences that complement the theory that is taught within the walls of a classroom. AREVA Resources has been a proud sponsor of the Science Camp since 2007 and participated for the third time in the week’s events.

Along with speaking to the students about geology in the Kivalliq region, health, safety and Environmental Protection at the Kiggavik camp and the Nunavut Environmental Assessment process, AREVA Resources also provided each student with the opportunity to go for a helicopter ride. This aspect of the camp was particularly well-received, as 30 out of 32 students listed the ride as their favorite part of the camp.

Despite less than cooperative weather, camp organizer Glen Brocklebank said the students remained enthusiastic and engaged throughout the week. An especially exciting aspect was the lessons that participants shared amongst themselves, including when some of the students from Repulse Bay, who are experienced with camping, showed the others how to light a stove and lantern.

“AREVA is always excited to get involved with activities involving youth within the Kivalliq region. This event is especially important to us, as workers with a science-based background will make up a sizeable portion of AREVA’s Kiggavik workforce. It just makes sense for us to help the schools with developing an interest in the field early on,” said Barry McCallum, AREVA’s Manager of Nunavut Affairs.

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AREVA Completes 2013 Kiggavik Exploration Program

On Thursday, September 5, AREVA Resources Canada employees and various contractors departed from the Kiggavik exploration camp to their homes from all over Canada.  The beginning of September was a busy time for the Kiggavik team, as the drills had to be put into storage on-site, and the core shacks and other buildings around camp were winterized.  Local helpers assisted biologists with their aquatic work during the final weeks of the season.  After most contractors left site, two local helpers also remained on site to assist with the closing of camp.

As of September 9, the camp closure and demobilization of everyone was complete.  “Closing the camp is bittersweet as it was such a productive and enjoyable season. With a total of 10,593 meters drilled in 39 drill holes, and ground geophysics conducted on ten grid areas for a total of 463 km, the season can certainly be considered a great success,” said Kiggavik SHEQ Supervisor Naomi Stumborg. 

AREVA was proud to hire 17 local Inuit employees for this past season’s program, four of which were graduates of the Arviat Drillers Program. It was an exciting season, and AREVA looks forward to the upcoming 2014 program!

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Staying Local: AREVA Utilizes Inuit-Owned Contractors for Kiggavik Procurement

ForestHeliAt the Kiggavik exploration site, AREVA Resources Canada relies upon a diverse collection of local contractors to supply everything from groceries to jet fuel. Ensuring that these goods and services are delivered in a cost-efficient and timely manner is often a challenge, especially in the demanding environment of Canada’s North.

One such business able to enter into a mutually beneficial relationship with AREVA to meet our procurement needs is Forest North Aviation and Logistics. Forest is an Inuit owned joint venture (JV) between Forest Helicopters and Peter’s Expediting Limited that provides helicopter services for the Kiggavik site. Since 2010, two Inuit owned companies, including Forest North, have been awarded the helicopter services contract for the project.

While local contracting expenditures would rise drastically should the Kiggavik project proceed to construction and operation, AREVA has already spent over $20 million dollars for northern contracting and services during Exploration and Environmental Baseline work since 2007, accounting for 34% of total contract expenditures. Of this, $12M or 21% went to Inuit owned firms. In fact, it is estimated that during the life cycle of the proposed Kiggavik mine, the value of contracts going to northern suppliers could exceed $1 billion. These relationships will contribute to the region’s economic growth through the creation of new jobs and business opportunities.

 Inuit owned businesses provide an efficient and cost-effective way to procure much-needed goods and services for the Kiggavik exploration team, and AREVA looks forward to strengthening these partnerships as the project continues to advance.