Kazakhstan increases uranium production in 2014
Astana, Kazakhstan, Jan.28
By Daniyar Mukhtarov - Trend:
The volume of uranium production in Kazakhstan amounted to 22, 829 metric tons on the results of 2014, and the country has maintained its leading position as the largest producer of uranium in the world, said the press service of Kazakh national atomic company Kazatomprom Jan.28.
In 2013, Kazakhstan produced 22, 500 metric tons of uranium.
The report said that uranium mining in Kazakhstan on the results of 2014 corresponds to the planned targets. The share of Kazatomprom NAC JSC (including shares in subsidiaries and affiliates) on the results of 2014 accounts for 13, 156 metric tons of uranium.
The National Atomic Company in 2014 continued exploration work in order to increase the resource base of uranium in Kazakhstan, according to the report.
"During the year, more than 986 exploration wells were drilled," said the statement.
As for the subsidiaries of Kazatomprom NC, the Center of uranium enrichment JSC implemented shipment of finished products in the amount of 4.9865 million separative work units, which is 0.2 percent higher than the production plan of the enterprise.
MAEK-Kazatomprom LLP generated 5.08 billion kWh of electricity, 3,296 million Gcal of heat energy, 1.235 billion cubic meters of water, including 11,400 cubic meters of drinking water for consumers of Aktau city and Mangistau region in 2014.
Volume of production of tantalum products was 154, 458 metric tons, niobium -72, 228 metric tons, beryllium - 1.776.180 metric tons.
SARECO joint venture produced 240, 4 metric tons of bulk concentrate of rare earth metals in 2014. The finished products were shipped to customers in Russia.
Astana Solar LLP produced 51,069 panels in 2014, which corresponds to 12,706 MW of energy.
Kazatomprom JSC is the national operator of Kazakhstan for the export of uranium and uranium compounds, rare metals, nuclear fuel for nuclear power plants, special equipment, technologies and materials with dual purposes.
Its main activities are geological exploration, the extraction of uranium, the manufacturing of products involved in the nuclear fuel cycle and construction materials as well as power industry, science, social security and personnel training.