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  Uranium production and demand

In 2016, global uranium production increased by 3 % compared with 2015, totalling 62 328 tonnes of uranium. As in 2015, the top three uranium-producing countries were Kazakhstan, Canada and Australia.

 Kazakhstan remained the world’s leading uranium producer in 2016, accounting for 40 % of total worldwide uranium output. The country’s uranium production accounted for 24 617 tU in 2016, approximately the same output as in 2015. Canada’s production was estimated at around 14 040 tU in 2016, almost 5 % higher than the 2015 data. Australia’s production increased by almost 11 % compared to 2015, totalling 6 270 tU at the end of 2016.


Natural uranium production

Natural uranium estimate production in 2016 (compared with 2015, in tonnes of uranium)

Region / Country Production 2016(estimate) Production 2015(final) Share in 2016 (%) Share in 2015 (%) Change (%) 2016/2015
Kazakhstan 24 617 23 800 40 39 3
Canada 14 040 13 325 23 22 5
Australia 6 270 5 654 10 9 11
Niger 3 500 4 116 6 7 -15
Namibia 3 462 2 993 6 5 16
Russia 3 000 3 055 65 5 -2
Uzbekistan 2 423 2 385 4 4 2
China 1 745 1 616 3 3 8
United States 1 115 1 256 2 2 -11
Ukraine 1 000 1 200 2 2 -17
Others 810 703 1 1 15
South Africa 346 393 1 1 -12
Total 62 328 60 496 100 100 3

Data from the WNA and specialised publications (totals may not add up due to rounding).

 

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