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June 3, 2022updated 14 Jun 2022 7:26am

World’s ten largest uranium mines in 2021

By Carmen

Here are the ten largest uranium mines by production across the world in 2021, according to GlobalData’s mining database.

1. Cigar Lake Project

The Cigar Lake Project is an underground mine situated in Saskatchewan, Canada. Owned by Cameco, the greenfield mine produced an estimated 4,403 tonnes of uranium in 2021. The mine will operate until 2029.

2. Husab Uranium Mine

Located in Erongo, Namibia, the Husab Uranium Mine is owned by China General Nuclear Power. The surface mine produced an estimated 4,155 tonnes of uranium in 2021. The mine will operate until 2040.

3. Inkai Mine

The Inkai Mine is a in-situ leaching mine located in South Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan. Owned by Kazatomprom, the brownfield mine produced an estimated 3,851 tonnes of uranium in 2021. The mine will operate until 2045.

4. Muyunkum Mine

Owned by Orano, the Muyunkum Mine is a in-situ leaching mine situated in South Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan. The greenfield mine produced an estimated 3,679 tonnes of uranium in 2021.

5. Rossing Mine

The Rossing Mine is a surface mine situated in Erongo, Namibia. Owned by China National Nuclear, the greenfield mine produced an estimated 3,600 tonnes of uranium in 2021. The mine is expected to operate until 2035.

6. Olympic Dam Mine

The Olympic Dam Mine is an underground mine situated in South Australia, Australia. Owned by BHP, the greenfield mine produced an estimated 3,267 tonnes of uranium in 2021. The mine will operate until 2061.

7. Tortkuduk Mine

Located in South Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan, the Tortkuduk Mine is owned by Orano. The in-situ leaching mine produced an estimated 3,263 tonnes of uranium in 2021. The mine will operate until 2033.

8. Novokonstantinovskoye Mine

The Novokonstantinovskoye Mine is an underground mine located in Kirovohrad, Ukraine. Owned by Vostochny Mining and Ore-Dressing Combine, the greenfield mine produced an estimated 3,185 tonnes of uranium in 2021.

9. KATCO Mine

Owned by Orano, the KATCO Mine is a in-situ leaching mine situated in South Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan. The greenfield mine produced an estimated 2,737 tonnes of uranium in 2021. The expected mine closure date is 2035.

10. Karatau Mine

The Karatau Mine is a in-situ recovery mine situated in South Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan. Owned by Kazatomprom, the brownfield mine produced an estimated 2,465 tonnes of uranium in 2021. The mine is expected to operate until 2033.

Methodology: This information is drawn from GlobalData’s mines and projects database, which tracks all operating and developing mines and projects globally. Verdict’s parent company GlobalData provides business information to 4,000 of the world’s largest companies.

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