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Uranium Mining in Kazakhstan

Uranium production and the environment in Kazakhstan report added to PMWL

15 March 2016 – Almaty, Kazakhstan – A new resource has been added to the PM World Library related to major power plants in Kazakhstan. The new resource is titled “Uranium Production and the Environment in Kazakhstan”.

160315 - Askarova - Uranium IMAGE1Kazakhstan has been an important source of uranium for more than 50 years. During 2001 to 2013 production rose from 2022 to about 22,550 tonnes U per year, making Kazakhstan the world's leading uranium producer. Mine development has continued with a view to further increasing annual production by 2018, 23,400 tU being the target for 2015. Capacity is around 25,000 tU/yr, but in October 2011 Kazatoprom announced a cap on production of 20,000 tU/yr, which was evidently disregarded.

Of its 17 mine projects, five are wholly owned by Kazatomprom and 12 are joint ventures with foreign equity holders, and some of these are producing under nominal capacity. In 2013, 9402 tU was attributable to Kazatomprom itself – 16% of world production, putting it slightly ahead of Cameco, Areva and ARMZ-Uranium One.

To access this new resource, go to, scroll down and click on “Mining”. Must be a registered member to access.

Posted by: Saya Askarova