18:41 / 07.07.2022

Uzbekistan among top uranium miners in the world – WNA

Uzbekistan maintained its position as the world’s fifth leading uranium miner in 2021.

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Kazakhstan, Canada and Australia account for two-thirds of the world’s natural uranium production, according to the World Nuclear Association (WNA).

In 2021, Kazakhstan accounted for the largest share of mined uranium. In the neighboring republic, 21,800 tons of uranium were produced last year, and this figure is 45% of the total production produced in the world. The next places are occupied by Namibia (5.7 thousand tons), Canada (4.6 thousand tons) and Australia (4.1 thousand tons).

Uzbekistan is ranked fifth on the list. Last year, the republic mined 3.5 thousand tons of uranium. The figure was the same in 2020 and 2019, and a little less in 2018 (3.4 thousand tons).

Natural uranium reserves around the world are estimated at 6.14 million tons. Australia accounts for 28 percent, Kazakhstan 15 percent, and Canada 9 percent of the total reserves. Russia, Namibia and the Republic of South Africa, which are in the next places, own 8%, 7% and 5% of uranium reserves, respectively.

According to data, 132,300 tons of resources are available in uranium deposits discovered in Uzbekistan. This is 2% of all uranium raw materials worldwide.