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Top Uranium Companies by Production
Mining Technology has identified the top uranium companies by production by ranking the annual output of major uranium miners in the world.
Among the world’s top uranium companies by production, Kazatomprom was the biggest in 2020, followed by Rosatom and Orano.
The world’s five biggest uranium mining companies together contributed 57% of the global total uranium output in 2020.
|Current Rank||Rank 2020||Company Name||Headquarters|
|4||4||Rio Tinto||United Kingdom|
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Biggest Uranium Mines in the World
The world’s biggest uranium mines are identified from GlobalData’s comprehensive database of uranium mines that tracks the output and recoverable reserves of uranium mining projects across the globe.
With an output of 5,000tpa, Cigar Lake Project in Canada ranked as the world’s biggest uranium mine in year.
The world’s ten biggest uranium mining operations together accounted for 70% of the global uranium output in 2020.
|Mine Name||Country||State||Owner||Mine Type & Method||Production 2021 (TTPA)|
|Cigar Lake Project||Canada||Saskatchewan||Cameco Corp(54.55%), Orano SA(40.45%), Tepco Resources Inc.(4.99%)||Underground & Long Hole Stoping||6|
|Husab Uranium Mine||Namibia||Erongo||China General Nuclear Power Corp(54%), China Africa Development Fund(36%), Epangelo Mining Company (Pty) Ltd.(10%)||Surface & Open Pit||4|
|Inkai Mine||Kazakhstan||South Kazakhstan||Kazatomprom(60%), Cameco Corp(40%)||In-situ Leaching & In-situ Leaching||4|
|Muyunkum Mine||Kazakhstan||South Kazakhstan||Orano SA(51%), Kazatomprom(49%)||In-situ Leaching & In-situ Leaching||4|
|Rossing Mine||Namibia||Erongo||China National Nuclear Corp(68.6%), Iran Foreign Investment Co.(15%), Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Ltd(10%), Undisclosed(3.4%), Government of Namibia(3%)||Surface & Open Pit||4|
|Olympic Dam Mine||Australia||South Australia||BHP(100%)||Underground & Long Hole Stoping||3|
|Tortkuduk Mine||Kazakhstan||South Kazakhstan||Orano SA(51%), Kazatomprom(49%)||In-situ Leaching & In-situ Leaching||3|
|Novokonstantinovskoye Mine||Ukraine||Kirovohrad||Vostochny Mining and Ore-Dressing Combine(100%)||Underground & To be confirmed||3|
|KATCO Mine||Kazakhstan||South Kazakhstan||Orano SA(51%), Kazatomprom(49%)||In-situ Leaching & In-situ Leaching||3|
|Terrafamen Sotkamo Mine||Finland||Kainuu||Finnish Minerals Group Ltd(71.8%), Trafigura Group Pte Ltd(27.6%), Sampo plc(0.6%)||Surface & Open Pit||3|
Major Upcoming Uranium Mines
Mining Technology lists the major upcoming uranium mines in the world by comparing annual production capacities of upcoming uranium mining projects.
The Bigrlyi Project in Australia is the biggest upcoming uranium mine in the world, with an annual production capacity of 0.56Mtpa.
The Gogi Project in India and the Rook I Project in Canada are the next major upcoming uranium mines with capacities of 0.15Mtpa and 0.013Mtpa, respectively.
|Mine Name||Country||State||Owner||Mine Type & Method||Annual Production Capacity (TTPA)|
|Bigrlyi Project||Australia||Northern Territory||Energy Metals Ltd(72.39%), Elevate Uranium Ltd(20.82%), Southern Cross Exploration NL(6.79%)||Surface and Underground & Open Pit/Sub Level Stoping||566|
|Gogi Project||India||Karnataka||Uranium Corp of India Ltd(100%)||Underground & To be confirmed||150|
|Rook I Project||Canada||Saskatchewan||NexGen Energy Ltd.(100%)||Underground & Long Hole Stoping||13|
|Horseshoe-Raven Project||Canada||Saskatchewan||UEX Corp(100%)||Surface and Underground & Open Pit||7|
|Patterson Lake South Project||Canada||Saskatchewan||Fission Uranium Corp.(100%)||Underground & Long Hole Stoping||7|
|Imouraren Mine||Niger||Agadez Region||Orano SA(66.65%), SOPAMIN-Inc.(23.35%), Government of Niger(10%)||Surface & Open Pit||5|
|Elkon Project||Russia||Sakha (Yakutia) Republic||State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom(100%)||Underground & Cut and Fill||5|
|Elkonskoye Project||Russia||Sakha (Yakutia) Republic||ARMZ Uranium Holding Co(100%)||Underground & Cut and Fill||5|
|Haggan Project||Sweden||Jamtland||Aura Energy Ltd(100%)||Surface & Open Pit||4|
|Wheeler River Project||Canada||Saskatchewan||Denison Mines Corp(90%), JCU (Canada) Exploration Company Ltd.(10%)||In-Situ Recovery & To be confirmed||3|