Yozgat Uranium Mine Project, Turkey


Adur Madencilik Ltd. which is a subsidiary of Aldridge Uranium Inc. has been searching for uranium reserves in rural parts of Yozgat City in central Anatolia. Spokesmen of the company announced that they are going to continue drilling and feasibility studies for the next 3 years and they are optimistic about starting uranium mining in the area.

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Basic Data
NameYozgat Uranium Mine Project, Turkey
Accuracy of LocationHIGH local level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Mineral Ores and Building Materials Extraction
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Mineral processing
Metal refineries
Uranium extraction
Specific Commodities
Project Details and Actors
Project DetailsAccording to the 39 explorations wells drilled in the area, it is said that there is 7000 tons of uranium that could be extracted. Between 150 to 200 jobs will be created in the mine.

Project Area (in hectares)Unknown
Type of PopulationRural
Start Date2008
Company Names or State EnterprisesAdur Madencilik Ltd. from Turkey - 'Aldridge is a near development stage mining company focused on advancing its Yenipazar polymetallic VMS deposit Au, Ag, Cu, Pb, Zn in Turkey a country that is committed to developing its natural resources and is rapidly emerging as an economic powerhouse.', http://www.aldridgeminerals.ca/ subsidiary of Aldridge Uranium Inc.
Aldridge Uranium Inc. from Canada
Relevant government actorsGeneral Directorate of Mineral Research and Exploration of Turkey
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)LATENT (no visible organising at the moment)
When did the mobilization beginLATENT (no visible resistance)
Groups MobilizingLocal scientists/professionals
Forms of MobilizationMedia based activism/alternative media
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Noise pollution, Soil contamination, Mine tailing spills
Health ImpactsPotential: Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…)
Socio-economic ImpactsPotential: Militarization and increased police presence, Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Project StatusProposed (exploration phase)
Do you consider this as a success?No
Why? Explain briefly.News of uranium findings in the area was given in the mainstream media as: 'Treasure has been found under Yozgat'. Local people seem happy about the recent developments and do not oppose the project at all so far.
Sources and Materials

Newspaper article - Samanyoluhaber: Yozgattan Uranyum kartlyor (Uranium extracted from Yozgat Turkish)
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Anatolian Energy: Uranium claims in Yozgat English
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Uranyum Piyangosu Masal (The tale of winning the uranium lottery Turkish)
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Media Links

Video: Yozgatta 7 ton uranyum (7 Tons of Uranium in Yozgat - Turkish)
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ContributorSerkan Kaptan
Last update08/04/2014