Dr Andy WildeFAusIMM
Chief Geologist, Deep Yellow Limited
Andy has enjoyed a career in exploration and academic research spanning over 35 years. After a spell with Uranerz in the 1980s exploring for uranium in the Northern Territory, he completed a PhD on the major uranium deposits of the Alligator Rivers region. He then joined BHP Minerals exploring for gold and base-metals worldwide and later Gold Fields. His academic experience includes teaching of various geoscience courses at Sultan Qaboos University in Oman and leading projects of the co-operative research centre in predictive mineral discovery based in Melbourne. He was chief geologist at Paladin Energy from 2010 until 2015 where he was involved in the exploration of world class uranium deposits in Australia, Canada, Malawi and Namibia and during that time was also a consultant for the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency. He is currently chief geologist at Deep Yellow providing technical expertise for the Tumas pre-feasibility study and potential M & A opportunities.
Keynote Presentation: Uranium geology quo vadis?
The world’s nuclear reactors consume the equivalent of two or three moderately sized uranium deposits every year; however, discovery of new high-quality resources has been insufficient to replenish losses. Conventional exploration philosophy can be effectively applied through quantitative mineral prospectivity maps at the scale of individual countries, if not globally. Crowdsourcing offers an alternative whereby companies can call upon a vastly increased range of talent and expertise and thinking that is not constrained by conventional paradigm. Another key role for the uranium geologist will be in the field of geometallurgy: a better and more complete understanding of metallurgical characteristics at orebody scale is key to profitable mining. It is clear, however, that the industry in partnership with academia will need to remedy the shortage of well-trained uranium geoscientists, and to support further research and development particularly in the fields of geometallurgy and exploration science.