Kazakhstan ups uranium production in 2013
By Aynur Jafarova
Uranium production in Kazakhstan amounted to 22,500 tons in 2013, which corresponds to the planned targets, Trend Agency reported on January 23 with reference to the Kazakh national company Kazatomprom.
Kazakhstan produced 20,900 tons of uranium in 2012.
The exports on contracts in Kazakhstan (excluding Stepnogorsk Mining-Chemical Complex) amounted to 23,400 tons of uranium concentrate.
Kazakhstan has maintained leadership in the global uranium mining industry, providing more than 38 percent of global uranium production, which, according to preliminary data, totaled 58,800 tons of uranium.
In 2013, Kazatomprom extracted 12,600 tons of uranium, or 21 percent of world production (on the expected forecasts). Sales on contracts of Kazatomprom stood at 10,200 tons of uranium concentrate.
Kazatomprom also continued exploration activities aimed at increasing the resource base of uranium in Kazakhstan and more than 2,300 exploratory wells were drilled.
Kazakhstan has 0.85 million tons of uranium reserves and ranks second in the world in terms of reserves.
The country ranks first in the world in terms of uranium mining. As of 2012, uranium production in Kazakhstan amounted to 21,240 tons, or about 37 percent of world production.
Earlier CEO of the Kazenergy Association Aset Magauov said all the uranium produced in Kazakhstan is being exported, in particular to China and Europe.