Kazakhstan to amend regulations on uranium mining

Kazakhstan Materials 13 April 2022 17:58 (UTC +04:00)
Nargiz Sadikhova
Nargiz Sadikhova
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BAKU, Azerbaijan, April 13. Kazakhstan’s Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov informed about the issue of extending the term for subsoil use and the maintenance of jobs for employees of uranium mining enterprises commenting on the MP’s request, Trend reports citing the government.

“The Code "On Subsoil and Subsoil Use" envisions chapter 22 “Peculiarities of granting and terminating the right to subsoil use for uranium mining”, which regulates uranium mining,” Smailov said.

At the same time, according to him, during the practical application of the code norms, a number of shortcomings were revealed in such matters as the extension of the uranium mining period and the conditions for the transition from the exploration period to the mining period.

“Besides, the transitional provisions of the code don’t contain a rule providing for an extension of the mining period for contracts concluded before the code came into force,” he noted. At present, the Ministry of Energy, together with NAC Kazatomprom JSC, has developed an appropriate package of amendments to the code. Their adoption will allow solving social and economic issues, including the issue of extending subsoil use contracts for uranium mining enterprises.”

“These amendments will be considered as part of the legislative activities of the Government this year,” concluded the prime minister.