China General Nuclear Power (CGNPC) is reportedly preparing to commence uranium mining at its $2bn Husab project in Namibia in May this year.

The clean energy corporation intends to start processing the ore in February 2016, reported Bloomberg.

CGNPC’s Swakop Uranium spokesman Percy McCallum was quoted by Bloomberg as saying: "We have been clearing the overburden of sand and we will start mining ore from May onwards.

"We expect to have stockpiled one million tons of ore by December."

Said to be China’s largest investment Namibia, the Husab mine is estimated to produce 15 million pounds of uranium oxide.

Swakop Uranium earlier this year said that Husab’s production will allow Namibia to overtake Niger and Australia by 2017.

Work on the Husab project started in November 2012 and is expected to be completed this year.

The project is being developed as a large-scale load-and-haul open pit mine and will feed ore to a agitated acid leach process plant.