It almost took my breath away; the wind howling through London’s streets was bitterly cold. I was in the city back in late November to tape an interview with a member of the world’s most famous mining families, Govind Friedland. Govind’s father, billionaire Robert Friedland, has been responsible for some of the world’s largest and most lucrative mining projects of the last 30 years.
I wanted to meet with Govind and his team because just two weeks before arriving in London I was in Niger. The West African country is the world’s fourth-largest producer of uranium and is home to a gigantic uranium project being pushed forward by Goviex Uranium (TSXV:GXU), a resource company Govind built.
Goviex has a 100 million+ pound uranium discovery near the mining town of Arlit, in the northern part of the country that straddles the Sahara Desert. Since the 1970’s Arlit has been home to Niger’s two operating uranium mines both run by Areva, the French nuclear energy giant.
What I discovered in Niger surprised me. Goviex has a project that everyone in the country seems to want exploited. Fast.
I met with government officials ranging from the local governor of the town of Arlit to Niger’s Minister of Mines. All of them told me Goviex is a tremendous partner and they’re each doing what they can to quickly move the project from a dream to reality. The company already has its mining permit (granted in only 6 months back in early 2016) and is now looking to raise the money to build the mine.
I initially thought the government’s enthusiasm was based on Goviex’s unique 100% Nigerien employment policy. The company doesn’t hire expats to drop in and run the mine the way Areva does. But, after some digging I came up with the real rationale: Areva’s operations are old and it’s no secret that at least one of their mines is running out of ore. The Nigerien government is hugely dependent on tax revenues derived from Areva’s mines. If one shuts down, there will be a massive hole in the government’s budget that only a new mine will fix. Enter Goviex.
Back in London I wanted Govind to explain why he felt a uranium miner was something investors should be looking at? After all, uranium prices are at decade lows and the nuclear industry still hasn’t fully recovered from Japan’s Fukushima disaster caused by the 2011 earthquake.
His answers, and the answers of his able CEO, Daniel Major, were absolutely compelling. They matched what I found on the ground in Niger. Both Govind and Daniel made a convincing case that uranium prices are on their way back up and that their mine, tentatively scheduled to be operational by 2020, will be coming online at just the right time.
I walked away extremely impressed. Goviex already lays claim to some very serious shareholders; roughly 57% of the company is owned by the combination of Cameco, Toshiba, Ivanhoe Industries and Denison Mines. After spending a week on the ground in Niger, now I know why. They saw the same thing I did: incredible opportunity.
The story I produced represents what I saw in Niger. It’s a country allied with The West, open for business with a solid government and well-trained security force. And, they want Goviex to build a mine. Watch my mini documentary to find out more.
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