Kazakhstan raises uranium output by 4.3% to 23,800 tonnes in 2015

By bne IntelliNews January 19, 2016

Kazakhstan increased uranium production by 4.3% y/y to 23,800 tonnes in 2015, according to national uranium miner Kazatomprom.

Kazakhstan is the biggest uranium producer in the world and the result achieved in 2015 allows the company to retain its leading position. Since last year, the country has been hosting international nuclear fuel bank in Oskemen in the country's east, although there is no nuclear power plant in Kazakhstan.

Kazatomprom and its subsidiaries produced 13,000 tonnes of uranium last year. This means a decline of 1.2% against 2014. Ulba Metallurgical Plant produced 141.3 tonnes of tantalum, 97 tonnes of niobium and 1.687 tonnes of beryllium.

Kazatomprom is also a national operator for uranium exports. The company produces compounds, rare metals, nuclear fuel for nuclear power plants, special equipment, technologies and dual-use materials. 

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