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  Uranium production and demand

In 2015, global uranium production increased by 8 % compared with 2014, totalling 60 773 tonnes of uranium. As in 2014, the top three uranium-producing countries were Kazakhstan, Canada and Australia.

 Kazakhstan remained the world’s leading uranium producer in 2015, accounting for 39 % of total worldwide uranium output. The country’s uranium production accounted for 23 800 tU in 2015, a 3 % increase compared to the 2014 figure. Canada’s production was estimated at around 13 300 tU in 2015, a significant 46 % increase over the 2014 data, due to the Cigar Lake mine ramping up. Australia’s production increased by 13 % compared to 2014, totalling 5 654 tU at the end of 2015.


Natural uranium production

Natural uranium estimate production in 2015 (compared with 2014, in tonnes of uranium)

Region / Country Production 2015(estimate) Production 2014(final) Share in 2015 (%) Share in 2014 (%) Change (%) 2015/2014
Kazakhstan 23 809 23 127 39 41 3
Canada 13 308 9 134 22 16 46
Australia 5 654 5 001 9 9 13
Niger 4 154 4 057 7 7 2
Namibia 3 039 3255 5 6 -7
Russia 3 000 2 990 5 5 0
Uzbekistan 2 423 2 400 4 4 1
United States 1539 1 919 3 3 -20
China 1231 1 500 2 3 -18
Others 1192 1336 2 2 -11
Ukraine 1039 962 2 2 8
South Africa 385 573 1 1 -33
Total 60 773 56 254 100 100 8

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

 

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