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  Uranium production and demand

In 2018, global uranium production fell by 11% compared with 2017, totalling 53 081 tonnes of uranium. The top three uranium-producing countries were Kazakhstan, Canada and Australia.

Kazakhstan remained the world’s leading uranium producer in 2018, accounting for 41% of total worldwide uranium output. The country’s uranium production accounted for 21 540 tU in 2018, a decrease of 8% on the 2017 output. Canada’s production was estimated at around 7 000 in 2018, a significant decrease of 47% compared with the 2017 data. The drops in production output in both countries are in line with the announced policies of downscaling production in the current market sit uation. Australia’s production increased by 9% from 2017, totalling 6 385 tU at the end of 2018.


Natural uranium production

Natural uranium estimate production in 2018 (compared with 2017, in tonnes of uranium)

Region / Country Production 2018(estimate) Share in 2018 (%) Production 2017(final) Share in 2017 (%) Change (%) 2018/2017
Kazakhstan 21 540 41 23 321 39 -8
Canada 7 001 13 13 116 22 -47
Australia 6 385 12 5 882 10 9
Namibia 5 539 10 4 224 7 31
Niger 2 923 6 3 449 6 -15
Russia 2 923 6 2 917 5 0
Uzbekistan 2 423 5 2 404 4 1
China 1 858 4 1 885 3 -1
Others 874 2 466 1 88
Ukraine 654 1 550 1 19
United States 615 1 940 2 -35
South Africa 346 1 308 1 12
Total 53 081 100 59 462 100 -11

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

 

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