BAKU, Azerbaijan, November 25. The State Committee for Geology and Mineral Resources of Uzbekistan, the Navoiuran state enterprise and the French Orano Mining company signed a trilateral agreement on strategic cooperation, Trend reports via Uzbek media outlets.
The document provides for the intensification of joint work on the extraction and processing of uranium, as well as building an industrial chain for the production of nuclear fuel.
Nurlikum Mining, a joint venture for the exploration and production of uranium in the Navoi region, established by Orano and the State Committee for Geology has been operating in Uzbekistan since December 2019.
At the end of 2021, 3,526 tons of uranium were mined in Uzbekistan. In 2022-2030, production is planned to be doubled to 7,100 tons.