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  Uranium production and demand

In 2017, global uranium production fell by 5% as compared with 2016, totalling 59 236 tonnes of uranium. As in 2016, the top three uranium-producing countries were Kazakhstan, Canada and Australia.

Kazakhstan remained the world’s leading uranium producer in 2017, accounting for 40 % of total worldwide uranium output. The country’s uranium production accounted for 23 463 tU in 2017, a decrease of 5% on 2016 output, in line with the country’s announced policy of downscaling production in the current market situation. Canada’s production was estimated at around 13 263 tU in 2017, almost 7% lower than the 2016 data. Australia’s production was 15% lower than in 2016, totalling 5 347 tU at the end of 2017.


Natural uranium production

Natural uranium estimate production in 2017 (compared with 2016, in tonnes of uranium)

Region / Country Production 2017(estimate) Share in 2017 (%) Production 2016(final) Share in 2016 (%) Change (%) 2017/2016
Kazakhstan 23 463 40 24 756 39 -5
Canada 13 116 22 14 039 23 -7
Australia 5 347 9 6 315 10 -15
Namibia 3 923 7 3 507 6 12
Niger 3 462 6 3 479 6 0
Russia 2 923 5 3 004 5 -3
Uzbekistan 2 423 4 2 404 4 1
China 1 896 3 1 616 3 17
United States 962 2 1 125 2 -15
Others 797 1 661 1 21
Ukraine 615 1 1 005 2 -39
South Africa 308 1 490 1 -37
Total 59 236 100 62 221 100 -5

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

 

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