Drones to help with uranium exploration in Niger

Delta Drone International (DDI) will be trying out its new surveying and data capture technology in Niger, after the international drone-as-a-service company won the rights to tag alongside a Canadian mining giant hoping to strike new uranium deposits in the west African nation.

The Australian stock exchange listed company was contracted by uranium explorer and developer, GoviEx Uranium, to perform a virtual 3D model baseline survey for the latter’s potential new Madaouela mine in the West African country.

GoviEx Uranium is a Toronto-listed mineral resource company focused on the exploration and development of uranium ore in Africa, including the mine-permitted Madaouela Project in Niger, as well as the Mutanga Project in Zambia and the exploration at Falea Project in Mali.

The mining company received government approval to prospect for uranium in the Madaouela area in 2017, which was renewed two years later. Having previously worked on the Madaouela 1 project in the early 2010s, GoviEx thought to include modern survey technologies this time.

So they picked DDI for the job.

And Delta Drone International will use grab chance to break new ground on baseline survey with new advanced surveying and data capture technology that will create a shareable view of a potential mining site with GoviEx Uranium stakeholders who are unable to attend the site due to current travel restrictions.

The data will also be available for use by the engineering teams for project construction design.

Over a two-week period, DDI’s specialist mining pilots will deploy their drone-based survey technology, with the data captured set to be used by GoviEx Uranium as the base to build a virtual 3D model of the new site and consult with key international stakeholders, virtually.

“This is the first time Delta Drone International has been commissioned for a project in Niger – a region where aviation, including drone operation, requires military clearance,” DDI CEO Christopher Clark said. “This project with GoviEx Uranium is an example of the many ways drones are being used to more efficiently share the data needed to guide decision making among business leaders.

“Working with the GoviEx Uranium team right from the planning phase of their new mine ensures we can seamlessly collate multiple data sets of areas where low-quality, outdated or even no data is available, export it into easy-to-utilise formats and virtually share with their international stakeholders – removing the need for onsite attendance. This type of data capture is likely to be increasingly used in remote sites to support more efficient and timely stakeholder engagement and decision making around key milestones in projects.

“We look forward to working with GoviEx Uranium to make their new mine a reality by providing them with accurate, cost-effective data performed by specialists in the mining field.”

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