Uranium producer UraMin-Areva Resources Namibia has proposed that the Namibian government expand a desalination plant currently being built by the company instead of building a second one, The Namibian reports.

The mining company, a subsidiary of the French energy giant Areva, recently submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Agriculture, proposing that “the Ministry weigh the potential advantages of co-operation in the current plant before proceeding with the second one”.

“Not only is the current plant near completion, but its expansion will cost a fraction of building a new one,” UraMin-Areva Resources Namibia was quoted as saying.