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In Armenia, uranium prospection and/or exploration is being performed by Global Gold Corporation , Armenian-Russian Mining Company CJSC



Armenian-Russian uranium joint venture liquidated

Russia is not interested in Armenian uranium any more. The decision about the liquidation of "Armenian-Russian Mining Company" was made during the session in the RA Government on July 16. The justification shows that the company engaged in geological and exploration works and it completed its task. As a result it was found out that there are not sufficient uranium reserves on the territory of Armenia.
Reminder: the "Armenian-Russian Mining Company" was established in 2008 by the direct participation of the RA Government and the Russian State Corporation "Rosatom" with equity participation of 50:50. Sergey Kirienko, Chairman of "Rosatom" announced about the perspective of uranium development in Armenia assessing about 100 thousand tons of uranium reserves.
Russia invested 3 million dollars in the initial stage of the work. The company had a license of exploration until 2015. The works continued from 2010 until 2011 in Syunik region on the area of Lernadzor village. After numerous protest actions, as well as fire-raising by unknown persons the company ceased its operation.
According to independent experts who had access to the closed documents, the uranium reserves were assessed long ago, and the maps were formed still in the Soviet times by the members of the so-called "Gromov" and "Koltsov" expeditions. (Ecolur July 18, 2015)

Armenia to fund further uranium prospection

On 29 December 2011, the Armenian Government reached a decision to permit Armenian-Russian Mining Organization (ARMO) to increase chartered capital by 590 million AMD (about 1.3 million USD). These funds will secure geoprospecting of uranium reserves in the territory of Armenia. This decision challenges many statements made by officials that resumption of works within uranium program in Lernadzor in fall 2011 are the final part of uranium geoprospecting and, that most probably Armenia has no uranium reserves. (Ecolur Jan. 11, 2012)

Uranium occurences in Armenia not commercially viable

The first results of the geological prospecting of the uranium reserves in Armenia conducted by “Armenian-Russian Mining Company” had no positive results, according to Energy and Natural Resources Deputy Minister Areg Galstyan. Under him, last year the company conducted drilling works and detected uranium reserves in the republic are insufficient for commercial interest. “Investigations have shown these reserves don't arouse commercial interest,” said Deputy Minister. Altogether he noted the works are still in progress. (Ecolur/Arminfo Apr. 20, 2011)

Uranium found in Syunik province, Armenia

On April 1, 2011, the Armenian-Russian Mining Organization CJSC is to present a final report on geological prospecting of uranium deposits in the village of Lernadzor, Armenia. Responding to the Parliament member Zaruhi Postanjyan's question, Armenian Minister of Energy and Nature Protection Armen Movsisyan admitted that the company discovered uranium near the village of Lernadzor. The Minister stressed that the uranium reserves must be specified before the advisability of exploring the deposit can be discussed. (news.am Feb. 7, 2011)

Uranium fields have been found between the villages of Pkhrut and Lernadzor, Syunik region, Armenia. The RA Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources has provided a 600-page report to the Parliament member Zaruhi Postanjyan . (news.am Dec. 8, 2010)

NGOs to sue Armenia over uranium exploration in Syunik province

A number of non-governmental organizations in Armenia are planning to lodge a court claim against the Government of Armenia, demanding to annul all the government decrees on the uranium program in Syunik province.
"We will demand an international independent expertise, where independent experts will be involved. The government has to prove that the program is safe," says Arthur Ghazaryan, legal consultant of 'For Ensuring Ecological Security and Developing Democracy' NGO.
The geological studies of the uranium mine in Lernadzor, are conducted by the Armenian-Russian Mining Company CJSC, 50 percent shares of which belong to the Government of Armenia. Environmentalists say that uranium exploitation will harm the environment and the health of those people who live near the mine. They assure that uranium exploitation will contaminate Syunik province’s underground waters, flowing to the river Voghji. As a result of the uranium exploitation, the ecosystem of the region will be damaged, say opponents. (ArmeniaNow Nov. 23, 2010)

Demonstration against uranium exploration held in Kapan

On November 11, 2010, at about 5:00 p.m. a protest action against the ongoing prospecting for uranium in Lernadzor started in Kapan, city in south of Armenia.
About 2000 people, mainly Kapan citizens, are participating in the rally, NEWS.am sources reported. The Heritage Party MP Zaruhi Postanjyan, film director Tigran Khzmalyan and Deputy Governor of Syunik region Vache Grigoryan are present as well. Addressing the protestors Vache Grigoryan said that local administration will struggle against ongoing prospecting for uranium as well. (news.am Nov. 11, 2010)

NGO demands stop of uranium exploitation in Syunik

The Kapan 'Ecological Safety and Democracy Development' NGO environmental organization based in Kapan, Syunik province, is planning to appeal to the court against uranium exploitation in Syunik by the Armenian-Russian Mining Organization.
Among other complaints, the NGO says records of a public hearing on the issue were falsified. Legal consultant of the NGO Arthur Ghazaryan told ArmeniaNow that they would appeal to the court before the end of the year, and that a number of NGOs in Syunik and Yerevan had already joined them. Meanwhile, Armen Movsisyan, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, who assures that the mining will not put the village residents' life at stake, and that the works are carried out according to the legislation of Armenia, on October 27 stated at the National Assembly that uranium resources had not been found as a result of current searches. (ArmeniaNow Oct. 28, 2010)
Protest against operation of uranium mine to be held in Kapan: An authorized protest action against the ongoing prospecting for uranium in Lernadzor will be held in Kapan, southern Armenia. An action group was formed of those opposing uranium explorations. The protest action will be held in front of the Kapan Culture Centre, at 5:00 p.m., on November 11, 2010. "It is no secret the operation of the uranium mine is fraught with grave consequences for the population in the region," the group said in a statement. (Armenia Now Nov. 8, 2010)

Environmentalists to hold protest action against uranium mine development in Syunik

The Hraparak newspaper has already reported that the youth wing of the Heritage Party, as well as a number of environmental protection NGOs, intend to hold an action of protest against a uranium enrichment [? presumably mining and milling] program during the opening ceremony of the Tatev-Alidzor aerial cableway. Syunik Governor Surik Khachatryan was enraged at the news and decided to prevent the action himself. According to some information, the Governor carried out "explanatory" work with the local population and NGOs to prevent their participation in the action. However, the environmentalists are determined to fight back to the ropes. They plan to address a letter to the aerial cableway project managers to prevent uranium mine development programs. (News.am Oct. 15, 2010)

Council of elders in Kapan urges cancellation of uranium prospecting work in Syunik

The ongoing geological and prospecting work for uranium in Armenia's southern Syunik province continues to worry both environmentalists and the local population. But the energy minister, who himself hails from the area, says uranium mining is safe if done properly and will only benefit the province economically.
The studies being conducted by the Armenian-Russian Mining Company CJSC will continue until August 2014. But this week the council of elders in the town of Kapan turned to the National Assembly and the Government and urged them to cancel the uranium prospecting work in Syunik. Talking to ArmeniaNow, Kapan-based Khustup Environmental NGO President Vladik Martirosyan said that even without uranium mines the area faces serious environmental problems connected with the local mining industry. In his view, developing uranium mines is senseless for a small country like Armenia. The field which is being looked into is located in-between the towns of Kapan and Kajaran, in the close vicinity of the village of Lernadzor, near the river Voghji. Environmentalists say this location only magnifies the environmental risks. (ArmeniaNow June 25, 2010)

Biodiversity of Armenia's protected areas to suffer also from uranium mining, NGO says

Armenian environmentalists say that control is not properly taken over special protected areas in Armenia, and their biodiversity is periodically damaged by human factor, affecting three state preserves, four national parks and 27 nature preserves. At a press conference on Tuesday, May 4, Karine Danielyan, Chairwoman of the For Sustainable Human Development (ASHD) NGO, says that "protection" is an "imitation" in the areas. She points at the increase in flora and fauna species in the Red Book of Endangered Species of Armenia, as well as cases of active exploitation of the protected areas.
"For example, the Government of Armenia provided permission to exploit uranium mines in Syunik province. Of course, the mine is not in a special protected area, but it is near the area, and the whole negative effect [of the exploitation process] goes to the special protected area," Danielyan says. Aram Aghasyan, head of the department of specially protected areas, Bio-resources Management Agency under the Ministry of Nature Protection, says that in Syunik province, where Shikahogh State Preserve is also located, research works are held only in uranium mines to check the uranium reserves; and those examinations are not dangerous. (Armenia Now May 4, 2010)

Protest widening against proposed uranium mine in Armenia

A protest movement against a planned Russian-Armenian uranium mine in southern Armenia appears to be picking up steam, with discussions underway with three political parties about a partnership. The mine, a 50-50 joint venture between Armenia and Russia, will be located in the mineral-rich region of Syunik, already the home to two copper and molybdenum mining operations.
But local residents, including inhabitants of the nearby regional capital, Kapan, and the mining town of Kajaran fear the consequences. Expressing concern about chances for a spike in cancer rates and genetic mutations once uranium mining starts, the head of the Greens' Union of Armenia, Hakob Sanasarian, called the project "a disaster for both the local and the national population." The director of a local Karabakh War veterans' rights group agreed. "If they start mining uranium, we will fight using all possible methods," Khoren Harutiunian declared. "We will even block the roads." Discussions are being held with three prominent political parties about an alliance to block the mine, Harutiunian said. He declined to identify the parties involved in the discussions. The anti-mine movement also plans to start a letter-writing campaign to government officials this week; some 2,000 Kapan residents have already joined the protest, they claim.
Geochemist Sergei Grigorian, a member of the National Academy of Sciences who is overseeing the geological survey of the Syunik uranium deposits for the Armenian-Russian Mining Company, called the outcry misplaced. "[T]his is ... caused by some misunderstanding because what we do now is safe," Grigorian said. "The mining work should be organized so that they will not cause any environmental problems." If the project proceeds on schedule, work on the surface of the mine site will start in 2010, and holes will be drilled to reach the uranium ore deposits, he said. But environmentalists question Grigorian's assurances on the environment. "It's up to an international independent expert group to decide whether [the uranium mining] is safe or not," affirmed Inga Zarafian, chairperson of the non-governmental organization EcoLur. (EurasiaNet Dec. 1, 2009)

NGOs concerned about uranium exploration in Armenia

Syunik already is home to the copper mining works of Kapan and Kajaran. Inga Zarafian, chairman of the non-governmental organization Ecolur , said that opening a uranium mine in the area would greatly increase the ecological hazards.
Traces of heavy metals such as mercury and arsenic have already been found in the hair of children living near what is expected to be the uranium project's primary mining site, Lernadzor, some three kilometers away from Kajaran. Surveys by the Armenian National Academy of Science's Ecosphere Research Center show that ground radiation in the area exceeds the permitted level by more than three and a half times; ground contamination by heavy metals is several times higher than allowed. (EurasiaNet March 26, 2009)

Uranium exploration plans in Armenia provoke fears among villagers

The villagers of Lernadzor in the southern hills of Armenia are alarmed at plans to prospect for uranium ore in the area, nearly forty years after a local mine was closed. In April this year, a contract was signed between the Armenian environment minister, Aram Harutiunian, and the Russian company Atompredmedzoloto to mine uranium throughout Armenia. The hills around Lernadzor, in the Syunik region, 340 kilometres south of the Armenian capital Yerevan, are a prime candidate for exploratory work, because the region is well known as a source of uranium since Soviet times. Experts believe there are thousands of tonnes of ore still in the ground. The Armenian and Russian partners have said they will start prospecting by means of drilling in the hills near the villages of Lernadzor, Pukhrut and Katnarat. If they find sufficient amounts of uranium, as they expect, they will start to mine them from 2010. (Caucasus Reporting Service Nov. 12, 2008)


Russia enters uranium mining joint venture in Armenia

On April 23, 2009, the Armenian government approved uranium exploration in Armenia by the Armenian-Russian Mining Company for five years. The Armenian-Russian Mining Company was set up in September 2008. (RIA Novosti Apr. 23, 2009)

A joint venture established between Russia and Armenia plans to start uranium prospecting in the south of Armenia by late 2008, the venture's Russian participant said on April 22, 2008. Atomredmetzoloto, which manages all Russian uranium-producing assets, and the Armenian Environmental Ministry, signed on April 22, 2008, in Yerevan an agreement on establishing a joint venture to prospect and mine uranium and other mineral resources on the territory of the South Caucasus state. (RIA Novosti Apr. 22, 2008)

On Feb. 6, 2008, Russa and Armenia concluded an agreement on the establishment of a joint venture for the exploration and mining of uranium on Armenian territory. Russia plans to invest US$ 3 million into uranium exploration in Armenia in 2008. (RIA Novosti Feb. 6, 2008)

An armenian-russian joint venture for the mining and milling of uranium ore on Armenian territory is to be founded in the first half of 2008, according to Armenian minister of environment Aram Arutjunjan. During the Soviet era, the Armenian uranium resources were estimated at 30,000 t. (RIA Novosti Dec. 25, 2007)

Russia and Armenia have signed an agreement on geological exploration, extraction, and refining of uranium ore on the territory of the latter country. According to this agreement, the sides will form a joint venture on development and production of uranium in Armenia. They will also undertake necessary measures to prepare uranium deposits for uranium production. (RBC Apr. 23, 2007)


Concern raised over proposed uranium mining at Nor Getik

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Uranium found in Bangladesh

Chief scientific officer of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) Dr AKM Fazle Kabria on Saturday (Dec. 5) said uranium of 500 ppm has been found in Sylhet and Moulvibazar areas. He, however, said this is still at the study and research level whether this uranium will be commercially extractable or not. (Financial Express Dec. 5, 2015)

Russia and Bangladesh sign agreement on exploration and development of uranium deposits, among others

Russia and Bangladesh have signed an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in the field of atomic energy for peaceful purposes. Among others, the agreement covers cooperation in the exploration and development of uranium and thorium deposits, and the supply of nuclear fuel for power and research reactors. (World Nuclear News May 21, 2010)

Bangladesh and Russia Thursday (Feb. 24) reached an agreement that is expected to lead to the construction of the country's first nuclear power plant, a two-unit facility at Rooppur, 200 km (124 miles) from the capital of Dhaka, a top government official said. [Rosatom head] Kiriyenko said the agreement also provides for cooperation in the areas of prospecting and developing uranium and thorium deposits, nuclear fuel cycle services, including supplies of nuclear fuel to power and research reactors. (Platts Feb. 24, 2011)


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"Enormous" amount of uranium found in Kalimantan (Indonesia): Kalimantan local administrations are waiting for the central government to approve a plan to build a nuclear power plant in the region, Fathan A.R, head of the West Kalimantan Development Planning Board (Bappeda), said.
He said the local administration had cooperated with the National Atomic Energy Agency (Batan) in assessing the amount of uranium that could be enriched for the purpose. He said an enormous amount of uranium, approximately around 900 tons, had been found in Melawi regency, West Kalimantan. (Jakarta Post Nov. 15, 2010)

Uranium exploration in Papua could harm indigenous population: The chairman of the Papuan Customary Council (DAP), Forkorus Yoboisembut is concerned that the explorations into uranium now being conducted by Freeport in the Timika region are failing to take the interests of the indigenous people into account and could result in having a negative impact on their welfare. These explorations, which have already been under way for eight months are not transparent. 'We have made strong representations to the company that these exploration can be harmful to the customary groups,' he said.
To ensure that the local communities do not have any objections regarding the exploration of uranium, the investors and the government should co-ordinate with the traditional owners (of the land).' There is a need for transparency by the investors about how long the explorations will be conducted and what the local communities will receive in payment,' he said. (Scoop Sep. 7, 2010)

Mining of Indonesia's uranium reserves not feasible under current market conditions: Indonesia has an uranium reserve of at least 53,000 tons which could be used as basic material for building nuclear power plants (PLTN), including 29,000 tons in West Kalimantan and 24,000 tons in Bangka Belitung.
"Besides, Papua may also have a very large uranium reserve. But it still needs some research," Deputy for Development of Cycle Technology of Nuclear Substance and Engineering of the National Nuclear Energy Agency (Batan) Dr Djarot S Wisnubroto said here on Tuesday (Aug. 31) night. It had been estimated that Papua island has uranium reserves or nuclear basic material in large amounts on the basis of the similarity of the rocks in Papua and those in Australia already known to have the biggest uranium reserves in the world, he said.
If a 1,000 MW PLTN needs 200 tons of uraniuam per year, with the reserves in West Kalimantan alone reaching 29,000 tons, Djarot said, it means uranium can be supplied for as long as 145 years.
"But it does not mean we will be producing uranium ourselves for a PLTN, because under the existing conditions, the price of uranium is quite low. It would be more efficient for us to buy it from other countries. The uranium reserve could be used for the future," he said. (Antara News Sep. 1, 2010)

House demands inquiry into alleged uranium mining by Freeport in Papua: The House of Representatives on Thursday (July 15) demanded an immediate investigation into accusations that PT Freeport Indonesia was illegally mining uranium in secret in Papua, despite the widely-held belief that the nation does not possess viable deposits of the strictly controlled mineral. The House said the miner would need to provide clarification on the matter. (Jakarta Globe July 16, 2010)

Expert: Indonesia's uranium reserves are too little to be extracted: Nuclear energy expert Iwan kurniawan has said that uranium sources in Indonesia are too little to be extracted with feasible cost, while a local non governmental organisation have accused that plans to mine uranium in the country is a result of pressures from global nuclear traders. (Tempo Interactive Feb. 11, 2010)

Indonesia's West Kalimantan province has uranium reserves enough to generate electricity for 150 years, a local development planning official said here on Saturday (Dec. 26). "Based on data West Kalimantan minimally has 25,000 tons of uranium reserves spread in Melawi district," Fathan A Rasyid, the head of the regional development planning board, said. (ANTARA News Dec. 26, 2009)

Kusmayanto Kadiman, Indonesia's Minister for Research and Technology, says that with help from Australian officials and mining companies, Indonesia has identified its own uranium reserves in Kalimantan, which it hopes to exploit, with Australia's help. (ABC Jan. 10, 2008)

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Kazakh uranium exports to Iran delayed

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Iran announces discovery of new uranium resources

State TV [...] says that Iran has discovered new uranium resources in the country that will put its reserves at 4,400 tons compared to 1,527 tons three decades ago. (AP Feb. 23, 2013)

Iran to explore for uranium across the country

Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Director Ali Akbar Salehi has stated that Iran plans to explore for uranium to meet the country's growing need for energy in the future. "Previously, approximately a third of the country had been explored for uranium. But now, with the ample budget that the administration has committed to the organization (the AEOI), all of the country has been surveyed and some very promising veins of uranium have been discovered," Salehi said in Tehran on Wednesday (Aug. 25). The exploration project is being carried out to help the efforts to provide a major portion of the uranium Iran will require over the next eight years, he added. (MNA Aug. 25, 2010)

Report: Iran seeking to smuggle raw uranium from Kazakhstan

Diplomats are concerned about an intelligence report that says Iran is trying to import 1,350 tons of purified uranium ore from Kazakhstan in violation of U.N. Security Council sanctions. Such a deal would be significant because Tehran appears to be running out of that material, which it needs to feed its uranium enrichment program. A summary of the report obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday (Dec. 29) said the deal could be completed within weeks. It said Tehran was willing to pay $450 million, or close to 315 million euros, for the shipment. (AP Dec. 29, 2009)


Shahid Bakri mining and industrial complex, Jangsar mining area, West Azarbaijan province

Construction begins at Jansar uranium and rare earths mine: On Aug. 10, 2023, an opening ceremony was held at the Shahid Bakri Mining and Industrial Complex (Jangsar Mining Area) in West Azarbaijan province. The construction is to take 30 months and the investment required is about one thousand billion tomans (IRR 10 trillion / US$ 235 million). (AEOI Aug. 10, 2023)


Narigan uranium-molybdenum mine, Yazd province

Construction begins at Narigan uranium-molybdenum mine: Work has begun at the Narigan Mining and Industrial Complex in Yazd province, the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI) has announced. AEOI describes it as the country's largest uranium-molybdenum mine.
According to the Fars news agency, Eslami said the uranium from Narigan will be sent to Isfahan for "purification" and fabrication into nuclear fuel. He said the site is estimated to hold "650 tons of uranium metal" and "4,600 tons of molybdenum metal ... in the category of definitive and probable reserves".
No timescale for mining operations was given. (WNN Feb. 7, 2023)


Shahid Rezaeenejad Yellowcake Production Plant, Ardakan, Yazd province

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Ardakan uranium mine delivers yellow cake consignment: Thirty tons of yellow cake from a production plant in the city of Ardakan in central Iran was sent to a uranium conversion facility in Isfahan on Wednesday (Jan. 30), the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported. (Reuters Jan. 30, 2019)

Iran said on Tuesday (Apr. 9) operations had begun at the Shahid Rezaeenejad yellowcake plant in the town of Ardakan in the central province of Yazd. (Reuters Apr. 9, 2013)

Iran will inaugurate a new uranium ore processing plant in less than a year in Ardakan, central Iran, a top nuclear official said on April 9, 2008. Hossein Faghihian, deputy head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran in charge of nuclear fuel, said the Ardakan Yellowcake Production Plant would open before the end of the current Iranian calendar year, which is March 20, 2009. Faghihian said the new plant at Ardakan is to have a capacity to produce 70 tons of yellowcake a year. (AP April 9, 2008)


Saghand mines, Yazd Province

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Saghand uranium mine delivers first yellow cake consignment: Iranian nuclear chief said here Monday (Apr. 9) that Iran has extracted yellowcake domestically for industrial use in nuclear technology. "Iran has transferred the first yellowcake consignment from Saghand uranium mine in the central Yazd Province to the uranium conversion facility (UFC) in Isfahan," Press TV quoted Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi, as saying. (Xinhua Apr. 9, 2018)

Iran said on Tuesday (Apr. 9) operations had begun at the Saghand 1 and 2 mines in the central province of Yazd. (Reuters Apr. 9, 2013)

Iran plans to start mining of uranium at Saghand soon, the Iranian agency ISNA announced on Oct. 19, 2010. The ore is to be milled at Ardakan. (RIA Novosti Oct. 19, 2010)

"We will be able to extract uranium ore in the first half of 2006 from Saghand mine. More than 77 percent of the work has been accomplished," Ghasem Soleimani, the British-trained director of mining operations at the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, said at the Saghand mine on Sep 4, 2004. Soleimani said uranium could be extracted from the shafts as early as mid 2005 if the Iranian leadership wants things speeded up, but there was no suggestion that political leaders in Tehran want that to happen. (AP Sep 5, 2004)

Some information on the project was given by Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Vice President for Nuclear Fuel Production M. Ghannadi-Maragheh at the WNA Annual Symposium 3-5 September 2003 in London:
The Saghand uranium mine project is situated 185 km north-east of the city of Yazd, covering an area of 20 hectares. The detail exploration, completed in 1994, was concentrated on two important anomalies called no. 1 and 2, resulting in a calculated reserve of 1.58 million metric tonnes of uranium ore, at an average grade of 533 ppm (0.0533% U). This corresponds to a total uranium contents of 842 metric tonnes of U.
The projected underground uranium mine will have two shafts 350 meters deep each.
Ores with grades above 300 ppm are to be sent to the uranium mill, while ores with grades between 100 and 300 ppm are to be exploited by heap leaching.
An uranium mill with an annual capacity of 120,000 metric tonnes of ore and an annual output of 50 metric tonnes of uranium is being built 35 km north of Ardakan city.

On Feb. 9, 2003, President Khatami said that Iran has adopted plans to exploit the uranium mines 200 km off Yazd in central Iran and set up plants in Isfahan and Kashan to extract uranium composites to provide fuel for generating electricity. (IRNA 9 Feb. 2003)
According to Reuters, the extraction of uranium has already started.
(The deposit in question presumably is located at Saghand. According to the IAEA/NEA 2002 Red Book, this deposit has Reasonably Assured Resources of only 491 tonnes U and Estimated Additional Resources (Cat. I) of 876 tonnes U, both in the $80 - 130/kg U recovery cost category, that is 3 - 5 times the current world market price of approx. $10/lb U3O8.)

Bandar Abbas deposit, Hormozgan

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Iran starts domestic uranium production at Bandar Abbas: Iran claimed Sunday (Dec. 5) it could now use domestically mined uranium to produce nuclear fuel, giving the country complete control over a process the West suspects is geared toward producing weapons. The nuclear chief said Iran had for the first time delivered domestically mined raw uranium to a processing facility - allowing it to bypass U.N. sanctions prohibiting import of the material. Four rounds of U.N. sanctions have targeted Iran's uranium enrichment program. Nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi said the uranium ore concentrate, known as yellowcake, was produced at the Gachin uranium mine in southern Iran and delivered to the uranium conversion facility in the central city of Isfahan for processing. The Gachin uranium mill near Bandar Abbas processes ore extracted from a nearby mine into yellowcake. (AP Dec. 5, 2010)

Iran said Tuesday (Oct. 19) it has discovered higher uranium reserves than previously thought at a key southern mine and was stepping up exploration of the ore - which is the basis for the country's nuclear program - across the nation. Nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi said the new reserves were found at Iran's only operating uranium mine near Bandar Abbas in southern Iran, 840 miles (1,340 kilometers) south of the capital, Tehran. (AP Oct. 19, 2010)

Iran's nuclear chief Gholamreza Aghazadeh said on May 3, 2006, studies show there are considerable amounts of uranium ore at Bandar Abbas, mineable in open pits. According to first estimates, an annual production of 30 t of U3O8 seems to be possible, at lower mining cost than at Saghand. (AFP May 3, 2006)

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Al Qaim

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According to intelligence information, Iraq is performing repair work at the Al Qaim uranium concentration plant, where it used to extract uranium before the 1991 Gulf War. (dpa Feb 23, 2002 / Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung Feb 24, 2002)

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In Israel, uranium prospection and/or exploration is being performed by Zerah Oil And Gas Explorations LP , Gulliver Energy Ltd.


Uranium exploration in the Negev

Uranium exploration in Judaean Desert halted: Gulliver Energy Ltd., the first Israeli company to receive a permit to explore for uranium, announced yesterday evening that it was halting its activity after findings in the field indicated that production of uranium from the exploration area was not economically worthwhile. The permit, given in 2012 for one year, covers an area of 1,223 acres between Arad and Sedom. (Globes Mar. 18, 2013)

Uranium exploration to be licensed in the Negev: The Water and Energy Ministry (formerly the National Infrastructures Ministry ) is set to grant a license to Gulliver Energy to search for uranium in the Negev. This is the first time uranium mining will be taking place in Israel. The chairman of Gulliver Energy (formerly known as Urieli) is former Mossad chief Meir Dagan.
The uranium search will center on an area in the southern Negev, where oil exploration is being conducted by the Zerach exploration company. That exploration is taking place near the Dead Sea, at the Maya exploration site, south of Tzuk Tamrur, another exploration site near Arad. The license to be granted to Gulliver will allow the company to conduct tests and set up several drilling projects in the area, southwards toward the town of Sedom. The Ministry said that Gulliver had informed it that seismic and other tests indicated that there was a "strong likelihood" that uranium and other materials would be found at the site. The Ministry added that a special permit was needed because of the proximity of the search site to several nature preserves, and the sensitivity of the matter. (Arutz Sheva Dec. 22, 2011)

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Uranium to be extracted as byproduct of tunnel construction for Maglev train line in Japan?

Central Japan Railway Co.'s maglev (magnetic levitation) line, approved Friday (Oct. 17), will speed travelers from Tokyo to Nagoya in just 40 minutes, beating the fastest shinkansen by more than half the time.
Some 86 percent of the 286-km stretch from Shinagawa to Nagoya will be either underground or in mountain tunnels. The route runs through mountains in Mizunami, Gifu Prefecture, that have 20 to 30 uranium deposits scattered beneath the area. It is one of the largest uranium concentrations in the nation, and digging 100 to 200 meters deep could result in the extraction of radioactive soil containing radioactive substances, the Japan Atomic Energy Agency says.
The tunnel in this area will run around 100 meters underground. JR Tokai said it has selected a route that avoids the deposits by using information from the agency. In the 3-km interval in the city of Mizunami, JR Tokai will be checking uranium concentrations in air, slush water and soil during the construction process. (Japan Times Oct. 18, 2014)

Japanese government to subsidize overseas uranium exploration

The Natural Resources and Energy Agency will subsidize half the cost of uranium exploration to support private companies conducting geological surveys and other operations overseas, prompted by rising concerns about a possible shortage of the mineral due to surging energy demand worldwide.
"We want to secure concessions in large uranium deposits to improve the level of self-reliance in the nuclear fuel cycle," said the agency, which is under the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. For fiscal 2007, 1 billion yen [US$ 8.4 million] in subsidies will be provided via Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corp. to trading companies and power utility-affiliated companies that are exploring uranium deposits. The funding aims at six to seven locations, including Australia, in addition to Canada and Kazakhstan, the agency said. The agency said Japan is totally dependent on imported uranium to fuel its nuclear plants. But uranium from decommissioned nuclear weapons and from commercial inventories are likely to shrink as the United States resumed construction of new nuclear plants recently and as energy demand in India and China continue to surge. (Japan Times Jan. 6, 2007)


Uranium extraction from seawater

New absorbent may reduce cost for uranium extraction from sea water

Research has been underway in Japan on technologies to recover traces of uranium contained in seawater. One of the technologies uses a method involving submerging a material that adsorbs uranium in the sea, and chemically separating and refining the collected uranium after the adsorbent material is pulled out of seawater. While the cost of recovering uranium through this method is estimated to be about three-fold higher than the current market price of uranium, research and development efforts for cost reduction are also in the works.
One ton of seawater contains about 3.3 mg of uranium. By calculation, there is expected to be about 4.5 billon tons of uranium in all of the seawater on earth. Studies on uranium recovery have been carried out in Japan since the 1970s against the background of scarce resources in the country.
The Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) conducted experiments in 1999 and 2001 in the sea off Japan using a uranium adsorbent having an amidoxime structure, which reacts sensitively only with heavy metals. The second experiment succeeded in collecting 1.5 g of uranium for each kg of the adsorbent over a period of 30 days. Based on this result, the cost of recovering 1 kg of uranium can be estimated to be about 32,000 yen, about three times higher than the current uranium price on the market. However, because this method allows vanadium, a rare metal, to be recovered together with uranium, there is a potential for reducing the cost burden, according to JAEA.
Meanwhile, the Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (CRIEPI) has been studying a technology that uses tannin, which is a natural compound, in its uranium adsorbent. The cost of the required raw materials is only one-third of that for the adsorbent studied by JAEA, and an estimate suggests that the total cost could be about 40% lower. (The Denki Shimbun Dec. 10, 2010)

Japanese institute proposes uranium extraction from seawater by seaweed

The Mitsubishi Research Institute (MRI) has recently recommended Japan mass-culture seaweed to collect natural resources such as bio-ethanol and uranium. In the "Apollo and Poseidon Initiative 2025," MRI suggests that Japan cultures gulfweed, which can grow more than 2 metres high a year in the sea. The plants could also absorb carbon dioxide and purify the seawater, and can be used as non-food alternative energy sources for bio-ethanol. In April, MRI plans to inaugurate a consortium comprising public research institutes and manufacturers to move the plan forward. Using advanced molecular and gene-engineering technologies, MRI estimates that Japan would be capable of producing 65 million metric tons of gulfweed a year, and recovering 195 million tons of uranium [?!?] - 40% of Japan's total consumption - that is absorbed in the seaweed. (Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, 19 February 2008, as cited in Science & Innovation Section Newsletter, British Embassy Tokyo, February 2008)

Note: According to the 2008 NEA/IAEA Red Book, Japan's reactor-related uranium requirements in 2007 were 8790 t U, so 40% would correspond to 3516 t U.


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In South Korea, uranium prospection and/or exploration is being performed by Woulfe Mining Corp. , Korea Resources Corporation , Stonehenge Metals Ltd

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Yongchun deposit, Songhak-ri, Hoiryeong

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Development of Yongchun uranium mine started

In September 2007, development of a uranium mine started at Yongchun, Songhak-ri in Hoiryeong. The works were interrupted in November 2007, though. Uranium production is expected to begin in the second half of 2008. (DailyNK Dec. 12, 2007)

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Russia signs agreement with Kuwait on nuclear cooperation, uranium exploration and mining

Russia's state atomic energy corporation, Rosatom and the Kuwait National Nuclear Energy Committee (KNNEC) have signed a cooperation agreement in the peaceful uses of atomic energy. The memorandum was signed at the 54th IAEA General Conference in Vienna, Austria on 20 September.
Director general of Rosatom, Sergey Kiriyenko said that Russia is ready to assist Kuwait in development of the civil nuclear power programme, including exploration and mining of uranium, training of personnel, research, as well as in construction of nuclear power plants, if the country’s authorities make such a decision. (Nuclear Engineering International Sep. 21, 2010)

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In Kyrgyzstan, uranium prospection and exploration is being performed by AusAmerican Mining Corporation NL , Gate Bridge Company Ltd, Sinosteel Corp. , EMX Royalty Corporation , Linia Prava Uranium Ltd , Nimrodel Resources Ltd , Stans Energy Corp. , Greenwich Global Capital Inc. , Monitor Energy Ltd , Hebei Mining Resources Ltd, Leopard Minerals plc , Tau Mining Ltd (UK), Long Alpha Mining Company LLC, Dynamite Resources Ltd , Pangaea Energy Ltd , Namibian Copper NL , International Mining Company Invest Inc (USA) , U-Energy, Toyo Bial International, Miya, Vostok Geo Invest Group, Avante, CIS Insan Exploration, Zhany-Zhyldyz Gold Ltd, Resource-IMS, Kentor, Biran, Uranium Metals, Urasia Kyrgyzstan, Eurasia Mining Plc , Afrasia Mining & Energy Investment Holdings Ltd, Energy Resources Asia Limited, ZAO Primera Group Inc., Kyzylsuu Kek LLC, Karasai Ken LLC (Jasper Gold Corp), Ant Ant Company LLC, Ex-libris Group LLC, State Enterprise "North Kyrgyz Geological Expedition" (State Agency for Mineral Resources), Artybash LLC (Bezengi LLC), Mineral Explorer LLC, Rich Mt. Hong Kong Mining LLC (AnBo Resources Limited Company), Golden Pass LLC (Central Asia Minerals Ltd), Yntymak88 LLC, "Asia Invest" LLC



Moratorium on development of uranium deposits in Kyrgyzstan lifted:
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Kyrgyz president signs law banning uranium exploration and mining:
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Kyrgyzstan issued 20 uranium prospection and exploration licenses, so far: According to the State Committee for Industry, Energy and Subsoil Use of the Kyrgyz Republic, a total of 20 licenses have been issued for prospecting and exploration of deposits containing uranium. A license for uranium mining, filed by the Urasia in Kyrgyzstan LLC [for Kyzyl-Ompul] in October last year, is also being considered. (AKIpress May 3, 2019)

Kyrgyzstan's parliament bans uranium exploration and mining after protests:
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At demonstration in Bishkek, more than 300 demand ban on uranium mining in Kyrgyzstan: A rally against uranium mining in Kyrgyzstan is held in the center of Bishkek on April 26. At 11:30, the number of protesters exceeded 300 people and continues to increase. According to historian Eleri Bitikchi, they require a complete ban on the extraction of uranium, they are not satisfied with just introducing a moratorium. (AKIpress Apr. 26, 2019)

Kyrgyzstan rejects uranium exploration applications in Arsy area: On Nov. 18, 2013, the Commission of the State Agency on Geology and Mineral Resources refused the application for search of uranium on 19,600 hectares in the area of Arsy by UrAsia in Kyrgyzstan, LLC, Azarga Uranium Corp., UrAsia Mining Company, citizens KR Ashyralievoy EA, Kazakbaev EA, and Kasenova DR.
The area is located in the Kochkor district of Naryn oblast. The applications were rejected due to the overlapping with an existing license for gold and other metals held by Naryn Gold LLC. (Tazabek Nov. 18, 2013)

Kyrgyzstan expects the manifestation of interest from the side of Belorussia in the development of uranium deposits and minerals in the territory of the republic. (Kazakhstan today July 28, 2009)


Mailuu-Suu tailings reprocessing project

> See also: Cleanup of Mailii-Su uranium mill tailings

On Jan. 9, 2008, Nimrodel Resources Ltd announced that its 100% owned Kyrgyz subsidiary Linia Prava Uranium Ltd has been issued licenses to allow prospecting for the reprocessing and extraction of uranium and other metals from 23 tailings deposits in the Mailuu-Suu district of Central Kyrgyzstan.

On Oct. 23, 2008, Nimrodel Resources Ltd announced that "In the context of the prevailing global economic uncertainty and current uranium prices, the investigations carried out to date do not support the development of the re-processing of the Mailuu Suu Tailings in its current form. However, the Scoping Study has also established financial parameters and attractive low-cost, modular re-processing technology, which can be readily applied to large quantities of tailings in diverse locations."


Kara-Balta mill

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Kara Balta uranium mill for sale

A Russian asset-management group -- Renova Group member UralPlatina Holding -- has won a tender for the Kyrgyz state's majority stake in uranium processor Kara Balta Mining. (RFE/RL Feb. 22, 2007)

On Sep. 4, 2006, a new tender for the Kara Balta uranium mill was opened. It will be open until Oct. 2, 2006. (Kazakhstan Today Sep. 4, 2006)
The tender failed again. (Interfax Oct 9, 2006)

On Aug. 18, 2006, the Kyrgyz government announced a tender for a stake in the Kara-Baltinsk uranium mill, beginning August 28, 2006. The Kyrgyz State Property Management Committee said 72.28% of the company's shares will be offered at an initial price of 155.424 million soms (about US$ 4 million). (RIA Novosti Aug. 18, 2006)
A tender on the sale of the state block of stock of the Kara Balta uranium processing and mining facility in Kyrgyzstan has failed. There have been no investors to apply for participation in the tender organised by the State Property Committee of Kyrgyzstan on August 28, 2006. It has been the third attempt to sell the enterprise (Itar-Tass, Aug. 29, 2006)

The Kyrgyz government announced its intention to conduct an international tender for the sale of the Kara Balta Mining Combine. Kara Balta controls a large hydrometallurgical facility near Bishkek. Annual uranium production of the facility was listed at 3600 tU per year. Most recently, the facility provided final processing for in-situ leach (ISL) slurries from mines in southern Kazakhstan and is reportedly involved in the Zarechnoye joint venture with Kazakhstan and Russia. According to a government spokesman, the processing facility - 72.28% state-owned - closed in 2004 due to "unstable raw material supplies from Kazakhstan". (WNA News Briefing 05.11, 22 Mar 2005)
The auction will be held on July 26, 2005. The initial price is 140.02 million Soms (US$ 3.4 million). (AKIPress July 2, 2005)

Kara Balta mill to process uranium-containing waste material from BNFL Springfields (UK)

The German company RWE Nukem GmbH has contracted the Kara Balta uranium mill to process 1750 tonnes of uranium-bearing material. The material contains natural uranium at a concentration of 3%. According to a Nukem speaker, the material originates from the decommissioning of a non-specified "West-European facility", not from Nukem's own operations. The residual material that will be left over from the uranium extraction will remain in Kyrgyzstan. (AKIPress Feb. 24, 2004, RIAN Feb. 25, 2004, NUKEM Feb. 27, 2004)

On Feb. 26, 2004, Kyrgyzstan Prime Minister Nikolai Tanayev said the Kyrgyz government objects to bringing uranium waste from abroad into the country. "The government disapproves of the project. It will not allow the country to be turned into a uranium waste dump," Tanayev said. "First and foremost, Kyrgyzstan must solve the problem of uranium tailing storage facilities." On Feb. 25, 2004, a number of non-governmental organizations made a joint statement opposing the waste import. (Interfax Feb. 26, 2004)

An expert commission, composed of specialists, government members, and parliamentarians, has supported the processing of nuclear wastes from Germany at Kyrgyzstan's Kara-Balta mining combine.
The Kara-Balta mining combine and the German company RWE NUKEM GmbH in 2003 concluded a contract under which 1,700 used graphite crucibles containing no more than 5% of uranium would be processed and stored in Kyrgyzstan. (Interfax Jul. 13, 2004)

According to an article in New Scientist (Sep. 25, 2004), the material in question comprises 1800 tons of radioactive material currently stored in 10,600 drums at the BNFL Springfields nuclear fuel plant near Preston in north-west England. The Kara-Balta mill - said to be one of the few plants capable of separating the uranium from the graphite - will recover 90 tons of reactor-grade uranium from the material, while the remaining 1710 tons will be disposed of in Kyrgyzstan. (The Guardian, The Independent, AKIPress Sep. 23, 2004)
However, the Kyrgyz authorities have not agreed to the import of the uranium waste and have not even received a license application for it. (IRIN Sep. 23, 2004)
The Kyrgyz government now has prohibited the import of the waste material in question. (AKIPress Sep. 29, 2004)

Kyrgyzstan ratifies IAEA non-proliferation regulations - Kara Balta mill to restart

The Kyrgyz parliament's ratification of IAEA non-proliferation regulations on the production and turnover of raw uranium will make it possible to resume uranium production at the Kara-Balta plant, which had been idle for one year. Agreements have been signed on the supply of 400 tonnes of raw uranium from Kazakhstan in January. In total, the supply will make 1,700 tonnes in 2004. Kyrgyzstan became a member of the IAEA in 2003. (Interfax, Kabar Dec. 8, 2003)


Kyzyl-Ompul, Ton district (Issyk-Kul region) and Kochkor district (Naryn region)

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Kyzyl-Ompul uranium mine project sold to Russian-owned Central Asian Uranium Company: On Nov. 12, 2019, Azarga Uranium announced that its 93.1% owned subsidiary, UrAsia in Kyrgyzstan Limited Liability Company, has been sold to Central Asian Uranium Company Limited Liability Company. UrAsia owns a 100% interest in the Kyzyl Ompul Uranium Project located in the Kyrgyz Republic.

Residents mined sand from Kyzyl-Ompul uranium deposit: Residents of Kochkor region mined sand on the site of Bake, Kyzylompol group of uranium-thorianite placers. This became known during the work of members of the interdepartmental working commission on monitoring the impact of activities carried out on the Kyzylompol license area.
According to a member of the interdepartmental commission Bolot Duyshobaev, this area is territorially related to the Kochkor region, in connection with which local entrepreneurs were engaged in the extraction of sand for the further production of the sand block. Duyshobaev suggests that the sand block used in the construction of utility rooms may have an increased radiation background. Therefore, he believes that it is necessary to ban mining in this area. (Turmush Aug. 26, 2019)

UrAsia filed application for uranium mining license at Kyzyl-Ompul in 2018: An application for a uranium mining license was filed by UrAsia in Kyrgyzstan LLC in October last year. (AKIpress May 3, 2019)

Demonstration in Karakol against Kyzyl-Ompul uranium mine project: A rally against uranium mining is taking place at the central stadium of Karakol in the Issyk-Kul region, a Turmush correspondent reported. The rally under the motto "Kyrgyzstan without uranium!" began with the song "Сен ооруба, мен ооруйун Ата журт", the verses of which belong to Alykul Osmonov. The rally is attended by activists, representatives of non-governmental organizations and local residents. They require a complete cessation of uranium mining, as well as the declaration of a moratorium. (Turmush May 2, 2019)

Russian-owned Central Asian Uranium Company taking over Kyzyl-Ompul uranium mine project: UrAsia, the company developing Kyzyl Ompul and in which Azarga owns a 70 percent stake, is being taken over by the Central Asian Uranium Company for $5.85 million in cash payments and a commitment to fund $1.5 million of exploration and development expenditures. (Reuters May 2, 2019)

Hundreds join march from Balykchy to Bishkek to protest against proposed uranium mine: Several hundreds of people gathered in front of the Balykchy mayor's office to protest against uranium development on April 29. Residents of the Issyk-Kul region, as well as some people from Naryn region gathered for the rally. One of the protesters said the crowd is marching from Balykchy to Bishkek. (AKIpress Apr. 29, 2019)

Licensing commission suspends exploration license for uranium at Kyzyl-Ompul: The Subsoil Use Licensing Commission has suspended the license of 2852 MR LLC "Urasia in Kyrgyzstan" for uranium exploration on Kyzyl-Ompolskaya Square (Naryn oblast, Kochkor, Issyk-Kul oblast, Ton district). (Tazabek Apr. 29, 2019)

Prime Minister orders suspension of works at proposed Kyzyl-Ompul uranium mine site amid growing protests: The Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan ordered to suspend works at the Kyzyl-Ompul uranium site amid growing protests in Kyrgyzstan.
During the government meeting to discuss this matter, the PM said he ordered to create an interdepartmental commission to look into the impact of development of uranium on people and environment. All decisions on the uranium deposit should be made only taking into account the results of the work of this commission, he noted.
"The company working on the uranium deposit received permission to carry out geological exploration at the site in 2010 and in 2013, it received a second license," PM said.
If the activities at the uranium site will be found to be dangerous for the health of people and environment, the deposit development must be cancelled, he said. "That's the government's position," he noted. "There should be no politics when it comes to people's health and environmental safety." (AKIPress Apr. 22, 2019)

Exploration of the Kok-Moinok uranium deposit was completely stopped, the Issyk-kul region government said April 25. (AKIPress Apr. 25, 2019)

Lawmaker demands Cabinet to voice its stand on situation around uranium development at Kyzyl-Ompul: Lawmaker Janar Akayev is demanding the government to voice its stand on the situation around the uranium development at the Kyzyl-Ompol site in Issyk-Kul region. Tourism brought $358 million, while mining earned just $30 million, he said speaking at the parliament committee meeting on April 22. "Government keeps silence, we don't know the position of the Cabinet," he said and demanded the Prime Minister to voice his stand on this matter. "International donors are giving grant to get rid of uranium tailings, but here we are trying to damage the environment for $30 million and say goodbye to our tourism," Akayev said. (AKIPress Apr. 22, 2019)

More than 300 people gather for protest at proposed Tash-Bulak uranium mine site: Activist Akjoltoi Tukuyev said about "300-400 people" from different districts of Issyk-Kul region gathered in Boom gorge on April 22. Tukuyev said the crowd headed to the Tash-Bulak uranium site. (AKIPress Apr. 22, 2019)

Over 10,000 people sign online petition against proposed uranium mine at Kyzyl-Ompul: Over 10,000 people signed an online petition urging the authorities to cancel the development of a uranium deposit in Issyk-Kul. The change.org petition author is Alena Homenko.
Geological exploration of the Kyzul-Ompol uranium site is being conducted since 2010. It is located in the Kochkor district of Naryn region and in the Ton district of the Issyk-Kul region. UrAsia in Kyrgyzstan owns a license for doing so until 31 Dec 2020.
On 27 March 2019, Kara-Balta Mining Plant and Economy Polimers Ru LLC signed a cooperation agreement worth $30 million during the state visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Kyrgyzstan. The money will be used to modernize the existing plant and develop uranium deposits in Issyk-Kul.
Kara-Balta Mining Plant will process the uranium ore from the Kyzyl-Ompol site. The uranium tailings will be buried in the decommissioned tailing storage near the village of Marmara, Sokuluk district.
Locals protest against the development of uranium since December last year. (AKIPress Apr. 22, 2019)

Russian-owned Central Asian Uranium Company to take over Kara Balta uranium mill and Kyzyl-Ompul uranium mine project:
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Residents rally against development of Tash-Bulaksky uranium deposit: On March 26, citizens gathered near the building of the city hall of Balykchy. They oppose the development of the Tash-Bulaksky uranium deposit in the Kok-Moinok ayil okmotu of the Ton district.
According to the participants, in the event of the development of the field, it is possible that the health of the residents living in this area, the environment and the Issyk-Kul lake, may be injured. According to the gathering, work on the study and further development of the field was suspended in 1960. (Turmush Mar. 26, 2019)

Uranium mining to begin at Kyzyl-Ompul: The Kara-Balta uranium mill is ready for restart and in the near future it is planned to start production for raw materials from the Kyzyl-Ompul field. (AKIPress Sep. 29, 2018)


Kamushanovskoe project, Sokuluk district, Chui oblast

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A bankable feasibility study ("BFS") for the project incorporating pilot work directed at optimizing uranium extraction is in preparation. It is the intention that the BFS will be completed by the end of 2011 in advance of project development. (Eurasia Mining Plc, June 6, 2011)

Eurasia Mining Plc has executed a legally binding Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU") to acquire an interest in the Kamushanovsky uranium project in Kyrgyzstan. (Eurasia Mining Plc, Jan. 17, 2011)

"The deposit [...] represents an unusual style of uranium mineralization as it is hosted within peat deposits in back-swamp areas of the Chu river. [...] IMC propose to construct a simple mining operation at Kamushanovskoye. The uraniferous peat will be directly loaded onto road trucks for transport to the uranium processing facilities at Kara Balta some 100 km to the south west. Here the peat will be incinerated and the resultant as acid washed to recover the uranium." (Snowden Technical Report July 2007, emphasis added)


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Presumed Thabeikkyin uranium mill - part of Burmese nuclear weapons program?

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Reporters working for the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), a respected dissident radio station that broadcasts into South-east Asia out of Oslo, say they have collected files and photographs which suggest that the country's ruling junta is mining and experimenting with uranium with the aim of one day creating a bomb.
The bulk of the evidence comes from Sai Thein Win, a major in the Burmese army who was trained in missile technology in Burma and Russia and has since defected. Sai Thein Win claims to have worked in a series of secret facilities near the town of Myaing, 100km west of Mandalay, where he was ordered to make prototype components for missile and nuclear programmes. He also claims a further nuclear facility is located at Thabeikkyin, a town north of Mandalay that he visited on numerous occasions. (The Independent June 4, 2010)

"In Google Earth imagery we can see a small ore concentration plant and ore reserve about 7 miles east of the Irrawaddy at Thabeikkyin. This is very close to the point he describes. A group of buildings with one thickener and a tailings pond are visible. There is a pile of ore nearby.This could be a uranium ore concentration plant, consistent with multiple source reports of uranium mining in this general area. The mine itself has not been found." (Nuclear Related Activities in Burma, by Robert E. Kelley, May 2010)

Myanmar government intensifies exploration for uranium

The Myanmar government has stepped up its exploration for uranium in the country. Surveys and test mining are taking place at four sites, including in the ethnic Kachin and Shan states, a government official told Asia Times Online on condition of anonymity. At the time the original plans for a nuclear reactor were mooted, the government had reportedly discovered uranium deposits in five areas in central and northern Myanmar, according to official government statistics. (Asia Times May 24, 2007)


Hpakant uranium mine project, Kachin State

Myanmar government resumes plans for uranium mining in Hpakant

Kachin villagers told KNG they opposed the Union government's request to Kachin State government to mine uranium in Hpakant Township. Lamawng La Tawng, who lives in Hpakant, said they don't want any more mineral extraction projects in the township, pointing out the excessive environmental damage that jade mining has already caused [see also: Chronology of major tailings dam failures].
In cooperation with a Russian company, the military government sent a team in 2008 to evaluate how much uranium ore was in Kaseng Bum, located in Hawng Per village-tract. It was determined there could be deposits of as much as 200 million tons in the mountain. After fighting broke out between the Burma Army and Kachin National Army in 2011, the Russians dropped its feasibility study.
"The country can use its natural resource if the country needs it," Dashi La Hseng, the minister of natural resource for Kachin State, told KNG. Mining the uranium would generate a lot of money for the country, and if the project was implemented systematically and according to rule of law, he said the state government wouldn't oppose it.
Residents indigenous to the area pointed out that the government has never requested their consent. Nor have they been transparent about plans to extract the uranium from Kaseng Bum. A committee is being formed to oppose it. (BNI Jan. 18, 2021)

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Radiometric ground survey locates potential uranium deposit near China border in Nepal

The Upper Mustang region in Nepal bordering China could have large deposits of uranium, says a recent survey. The ground radiometric survey was carried out recently in the remote Himalayan region by a team from the Department of Mines and Geology . (Hindustan Times June 10, 2014)

Nepal to explore for uranium near Tibet border

Nepal is gearing up to explore for uranium mines in its remote mountainous north, adjoining the border with Tibet, more than two decades after preliminary studies suggested the mineral is present in northern, southern and central Nepal. "The science and technology ministry has been given approval by the cabinet to conduct preliminary explorations in a 150 sq km area in Mustang," said Krishna Dev Jha, senior engineer at the mines and geology department. "The work will start this year."
There were three earlier surveys conducted for the precious mineral from 1992-94 during which visible uranium deposits were found in several areas. These have the Siwalik mountain ranges, rich in minerals, running through them: Buka khola in Sindhuli district, Tinbhangale, Chandi Kola and Chiruwa Khola (Makwanpur), Mardar Khola and Panpa Khola (Chitwan) and Jamari Gad, Bangabagar, Baggoth and Gorang (Baitadi). Explorations for gold also revealed the presence of uraninite, the chief ore of uranium, in four remote western regions - Darchula, Bajhang, Baitadi and Bajura - which have been ruled out for exploration, for now, due to the inaccessibility of the terrain.
While the studies indicated Tinbhangale to be the most promising site, the preliminary exploration will start in the Lo Manthang area of Upper Mustang, a former Tibetan kingdom that is also a sensitive area from where in the past Tibetan resistance fighters waged a guerrilla battle against the Chinese army invading Tibet. (The Shillong Times Aug. 5, 2011)

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Rosatom and Oman sign document on nuclear cooperation, including uranium exploration and mining

Russian Rosatom and Oman have signed a declaration of intent for the cooperation in the field of nuclear power. The document covers, among others, the exploration and mining for uranium. (RIA Novosti June 2, 2009)

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Pakistan approves further uranium exploration in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: The government has approved work for exploration of uranium in Bannu basin and Kohat plateau at an estimated cost of Rs926.03 million [US$ 5.61 million]. (Dawn June 15, 2020)

China and Pakistan agree to cooperate in uranium exploration and mining: China and Pakistan have"agreed to cooperate in uranium exploration and mining."China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) said it had signed a framework agreement with the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission yesterday for technical cooperation in the exploration and development of uranium resources. China signed a similar agreement with Saudi Arabia earlier this year. (WNN July 31, 2017)

The government has allocated Rs22 billion [US$ 255 million] for 25 new and ongoing projects of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC), including detailed exploration of uranium resources in Bannu Basin and Kohat Plateau. (The News International June 4, 2011)

Pakistan's government has prepared a $600 million extensive plan for exploring and mining uranium deposits in the country to fuel future nuclear power plants (NPPs). Informed sources told Dawn that uranium deposits so far discovered in 'Siwalik rocks' in some parts of central Punjab were of low grade. However, by applying new mining technique, good quality uranium could be produced at a competitive rate with a view to progressively developing the uranium mining sector. The mineral sector is required to produce 350 tons of yellow cake (U3O8) per year by 2015 for meeting one-third requirements of the planned NPPs. The mining of uranium will be undertaken at three sites -- Bannu Basin, Suleman Range-3 and Suleman Range-4 in Dera Ghazi Khan -- to produce the required fuel for NPPs. Through these NPPs, the government wants to produce 8,800 MW of electricity by 2030. (Dawn March 1, 2007)

On June 24, 2004, the Central Development Working Party (CDWP) of the Planning Commission has approved a uranium resources exploration project, which will cost Rs614.1 million (US$ 11 million). The project is "to ensure indigenous supply of uranium against abrupt suspension of such foreign supplies in the future". (Dawn July 11, 2004)

Shanawah ISL project, District Karak, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

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The area of Dargai village in Pakistan has been of interest to the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) for mining uranium, under the New Gudi Khel Uranium Mining Project. The project, with an estimated cost of Pakistani Rs 2,416 million [US$ 14.35 million], was slated to be implemented during 2020-2025. However, it has been delayed for various reasons.
As per plans, 36 wells are to be drilled to facilitate uranium enrichment [should read extraction] through a process of In Situ Leach (ISL) to produce 125 tons of uranium over 5 years.
Exploration of uranium is a critical subject and of concern to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the international community. Pakistan has been carrying out these explorations without informing the concerned international agencies. (Times of India Sep. 18, 2021)

Pakistan has embarked upon a vital initiative to mine uranium from Shanawa Uranium Mine, District Karak in North West Frontier Province (NWFP). "This project is to cost Rs 3.348 billion [US$ 40.5 million] and will be completed in 5 years by June 30, 2014," a senior official at PAEC (Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission) on condition of anonymity told Pakistan Observer. He said that Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC) has already accorded approval to this project. The working paper of the project available with this scribe, PAEC will be able to get 60 tonnes of uranium per year after completion of this project. The annual recurring expenditure would stand at Rs 453.02 million [US$ 5.5 million] while the annual income after completion of the project would stand at Rs 752.4 million [US$ 9.1 million]. The paper further says that PAEC has obtained the no objection certificate from Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for launching the project. In-Situ Leach (ISL) mining method, the official said, will be used to produce uranium using alkaline solution (lixiviant) with hydrogen peroxide as an oxidant. "The production of uranium will start by July, 2010." (Pakistan Observer Aug. 29, 2009)

Dera Ghazi Khan, Punjab

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Currently, there are 18 ongoing development projects of the commission and Rs23.09bn has been allocated for these projects in the new budget. [...] These projects include uranium exploration in the Dera Ghazi Khan area of Punjab for which Rs140m [US$ 848,000] has been allocated in the budget though the project's total cost is Rs794.9m [US$ 4.8 million]. (Dawn June 15, 2020)

The government has allocated Rs 156 million [US$ 1.77 million] for the detailed exploration of uranium (Phase-vii) in Dera Ghazi Khan. The completion of phase vii had been lingering due to lack of funds. (Express Tribune, June 7, 2010)

On Feb. 6, 2008, the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec), approved the uranium mining project Taunsa 2, Dera Ghazi Khan, worth Rs 2.386 billion (US$ 38.18 million) including foreign exchange component (FEC) of Rs 1.15 billion (US$ 18.4 million). (Business Recorder Feb. 7, 2008)

Tumman Leghari, Punjab

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A new uranium field has been 'developed' in Tumman Leghari, South Punjab, by the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC), it is reported. (UI News Briefing 99.42)

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In the Philippines, uranium prospection and exploration is being performed by Macro Asia Corp. (application filed)

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Saudi Arabia may have enough uranium ore to produce nuclear fuel: Saudi Arabia likely has enough mineable uranium ore reserves to pave the way for the domestic production of nuclear fuel, according to confidential documents seen by the Guardian.
Details of the stocks are contained in reports prepared for the kingdom by Chinese geologists, who have been scrambling to help Riyadh map its uranium reserves at breakneck speed as part of their nuclear energy cooperation agreement.
The disclosure will intensify concerns about Riyadh's interest in an atomic weapons programme.
The survey report describes how geologists worked all year round despite blistering summer heat to identify reserves that could produce over 90,000 tonnes of uranium from three major deposits in the centre and northwest of the country.
These are "inferred deposits", estimated from initial surveys. Further exploration would be needed to confirm uranium reserves and calculate the cost of extraction. (The Guardian Sep. 17, 2020)

IAEA, together with China, assists Saudia Arabia to tap uranium resources: The United Nations nuclear watchdog has been working in parallel with Chinese officials to help Saudi Arabia exploit uranium -- the key ingredient for nuclear power and weapons -- despite its inspectors being frozen out of the kingdom.
The International Atomic Energy Agency published a document ahead of its annual conference next week showing the Vienna-based organization assisting Saudi efforts to make nuclear fuel. An institute in Beijing affiliated with the IAEA has been prospecting for uranium in Saudi Arabia. (Bloomberg Sep. 15, 2020)

Saudi Arabia constructs uranium mill with help from China: Saudi Arabia has constructed a facility for extracting uranium "yellowcake" from ore with help from China, Western officials revealed to the Wall Street Journal yesterday.
According to the officials, the facility is located in a sparsely populated area in the north-west of the Kingdom. The Saudi Energy Ministry said in a statement, however, that it "categorically denies" having built the facility in that area, although it acknowledged that it has contracts with China on uranium exploration within certain other areas of the country. (Middle East Monitor Aug. 5, 2020)

Jordan to train Saudis on uranium mining: King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy announced on Sunday (Mar. 10) the launch of national cadre development program in uranium mining. The one-year Uranium Mining Project in cooperation with the Jordanian Atomic Energy Commission and Jordanian Uranium Mining Company (JUMCO) will train Saudis in the exploration of uranium ore, uranium oxide development and feasibility study. The first batch of Saudi trainees to Jordan includes 13 specialists. (Saudi Gazette Mar. 10, 2019)

Saudi Arabia announces uranium exploration program: Saudi energy minister Khalid al-Falih said on Monday (Nov. 19) the kingdom had launched a uranium exploration program and initial indications were positive, Al-Arabiya Business reported on Twitter. (Reuters Nov. 19, 2018)

Saudi Arabia begins uranium exploration in cooperation with CNNC: The Saudi Geological Survey (SGS) has started a survey to explore and assess uranium and thorium resources in the Hail region of the Al Hail Province. The project, which is being carried out in cooperation with the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE) and the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC), aims to explore uranium and thorium deposits for peaceful use.
During the launch of the project last Thursday (Dec. 14), SGS president Zohair Nawab said the Kingdom had no intentions to use nuclear energy for military purposes. The exploration survey is intended for mineral wealth exploration, power generation, seawater desalination, and developing renewable energy sources, he added.
In March, SGS and CNNC signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Beijing for bilateral cooperation in mineral resources. The two companies signed another MoU in September to explore uranium and thorium resources. (Argaam Dec. 17, 2017)

Saudi Arabia to mine uranium for 'self-sufficient' nuclear program: Saudi Arabia plans to extract uranium domestically as part of its nuclear power program and sees this as a step towards "self-sufficiency" in producing atomic fuel, a senior official said on Monday (Oct. 30).
Extracting its own uranium also makes sense from an economic point of view, said Hashim bin Abdullah Yamani, head of the Saudi government agency tasked with the nuclear plans, the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE).
"Regarding the production of uranium in the kingdom, this is a program which is our first step towards self-sufficiency in producing nuclear fuel," Yamani told a conference organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). "We utilize the uranium ore that has been proven to be economically efficient."
Preliminary studies have estimated Saudi Arabia has around 60,000 tonnes of uranium ore, Maher al Odan, the chief atomic energy officer of KACARE said at an electricity forum in Riyadh on Oct 11. (Reuters Oct. 30, 2017)

CNNC furthers cooperation on uranium exploration in Saudi Arabia: Qian Zhimin, president of the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC), and Dr Zohair A Nawab, president of the Saudi Geological Survey (SGS), signed a memorandum of understanding regarding CNNC and SGS furthering a partnership for uranium and thorium resources in Saudi Arabia on Aug 24.
To extend mine exploitation, CNNC and SGS will continue to carry out work based upon accomplishments already gained in the first phase of the collaboration. The exploration of mineral resources will be expedited to meet the demand of radioactive resources for Saudi nuclear power, according to the MoU. (CNNC Sep. 1, 2017)

CNNC intensifies uranium exploration in Saudi Arabia: China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) convened the Saudi uranium and thorium resources evaluation symposium in conjunction with the first coordinating committee conference on Sino-Saudi nuclear energy cooperative projects in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region on July 17. Witnessed by top officials from both countries, the uranium and thorium resources project has achieved significant results, laying a solid foundation for CNNC to promote cooperation on the whole industry chain with Saudi Arabia, as well as in carrying out negotiations with countries along the Belt and Road.
Prior to the symposium, on March 16, CNNC Chairman Wang Shoujun and Dr Zohair A Nawab, president of the Saudi Geological Survey (SGS), had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) regarding bilateral cooperation on uranium and thorium resources [...].
CNNC has promised to work on detecting radioactive resources in nine potential areas in Saudi Arabia within the next two years, according to the agreement. As the project executor, CNNC's China Uranium Industry Company organized nearly 100 geologists to conduct fieldwork in Saudi Arabia. In late May, CNNC staff completed the fieldwork phase and discovered and labeled several target mineral areas, building a solid foundation for further assignments. [...] (CNNC July 20, 2017)

CNNC and Saudi Arabia collaborate on uranium extraction from seawater: CNNC's Beijing Research Institute of Chemical Engineering and Metallurgy signed a collaborative agreement regarding research on uranium extraction from seawater with Saudi Arabia's King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology on July 15. Chinese and Saudi experts will conduct a two-year-long investigation into uranium extraction from seawater, according to the agreement. (CNNC July 20, 2017)


Ghurayyah tantalum-niobium deposit

In view of the increased uranium market price, Tertiary Minerals PLC considers by-product recovery of the uranium contained in the ore of its Ghurayyah tantalum-niobium deposit in Saudi Arabia. The company's scoping study for development of Ghurayyah considered mining at an initial rate of 1.5 million tonnes of ore per year. The uranium contents of this ore would be 466,000 lbs per year of U308 (179 t U) per year. Recoveries have yet to be estimated. (Tertiary Minerals PLC April 19, 2006)

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Areva interested in "uranium processing" in Tajikistan

The French mining firm AREVA is considering processing uranium in Tajikistan, Avesta.tj reported Tajik Main Geological Administration chief Azim Ibragim as saying July 9. AREVA and the Tajik government are drafting a memorandum of co-operation, he said. (Central Asia Online July 10, 2013)

Russia to help Tajikistan to develop uranium deposits

Russia will help Tajikistan to develop gas and uranium deposits, Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev said following talks with his Tajik counterpart, Emomali Rahmon. "We want to assist in geological prospecting in Tajikistan with the aim of subsequent extraction and possible processing of energy resources. I mean gas and uranium," he said. (Itar-Tass/BBC Monitoring Central Asia Aug. 29, 2008)

Tajikistan investigates feasibility of uranium recovery from reprocessing of uranium mill tailings

In the north of Tadzhikistan, specialists of state enteprise Vostokredmet began research works on the study of the possibilities of the extraction of uranium from uranium mill tailings. (Kazakhstan today July 17, 2008)

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In Turkey, uranium prospection and/or exploration is being performed by Vetter Uranium Ltd, Anatolia Energy Ltd


Russia signs agreement with Turkey on nuclear cooperation, including uranium prospection and mining

On Aug. 6, 2009, Russia and Turkey signed an agreement on nuclear cooperation, covering the construction and operation of nuclear power and research reactors, delivery of fissile materials, the nuclear fuel cycle, prospection and exploitation of uranium deposits, among others. (RIA Novosti Aug. 6, 2009)


Temrezli project (ISL)

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Turkey's license revocation for Temrezli uranium mine project breached treaty, ICSID arbitral tribunal rules: On March 3, 2023, the [International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)] arbitral tribunal issued its final award in the proceeding.

(Westwater Resources Inc. Annual Report for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2022, Mar. 6, 2023)
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Turkey revokes license for Temrezli uranium mine project: On June 22, 2018, Westwater Resources, Inc. announced that the mining and exploration licenses for WWR's Temrezli and Sefaatli projects have been revoked and potential compensation has been proffered.

On Nov. 9, 2015, Uranium Resources Inc. announced the closure of the merger with Anatolia Energy Ltd.

Positive Pre-Feasibility Study announced for Temrezli in situ leach uranium mine project: On Feb. 16, 2015, Anatolia Energy Ltd announced the results of a Pre-Feasibility Study, concluding that "even at current term prices or lower, the Temrezli Project is capable of generating strong financial returns." (UxC's current price for long-term contracts is US$ 49 per lb U3O8)
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On May 12, 2014, Anatolia Energy Ltd announced the results of an updated Preliminary Economic Assessment for the Temrezli in situ leach uranium project.

Operation licenses awarded for Temrezli in situ leach uranium project - even before submission of Environmental Impact Assessment: On Oct. 8, 2013, Anatolia Energy Ltd announced that it was awarded operation licenses for the Temrezli uranium project. First production is targeted for early 2016.
Anatolia will now carry out a major work program over the next 10 months that includes refined metallurgical and hydrological studies as well as an infill and step out drilling program to be incorporated into a Pre-Feasibility Study. Upon completion of the Pre-Feasibility Study, it is expected that a development decision will be made.
The Operation Licences also enable the company construct the ISR well field and processing plant upon issue of an Operation Permit, typically granted within 14 days of application. The application for an Operation Permit will occur shortly after the submission of the Environmental Impact Assessment that the Company commenced in 2010, and will follow the granting of the relevant property and business permits.

On July 1, 2013, Anatolia Energy Ltd released a positive Preliminary Economic Assessment for the Temrezli in situ leach uranium project.

On March 20, 2013, Anatolia Energy Ltd announced that it has commissioned a Preliminary Economic Assessment for the Temrezli uranium project.



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Turkey carries out uranium exploration at Yozgat: Turkey announced that it has started exploration and development studies at the uranium deposits in order to produce raw materials for the nuclear power plant which is under construction, and to reduce foreign dependency. The General Directorate of Mineral Research and Exploration (MTA) will handle the mineral exploration studies [...]. (Mining Turkey Jan. 10, 2022)

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In Turkmenistan, uranium prospection and/or exploration is being performed by AXG Mining Ltd


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Vietnam identifies three areas with potential uranium resources

Vietnam has identified three areas in the northern and central highlands regions which are most likely to house uranium ores, local media reported on Friday (Jan. 20). The areas include Pia Oach in northern Cao Bang province, Tuyen Lam Lake in central highlands Da Lat city, and Dinh Van in central highlands Lam Dong province, daily newspaper Tien Phong (Pioneer) quoted the Vietnamese Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment as reporting. (Xinhua Jan. 20, 2017)

Japan, Vietnam sign nuclear cooperation agreement, including uranium exploration and mining

Vietnam and Japan will cooperate in developing and using nuclear energy for peaceful purposes under an agreement signed in Hanoi on January 20. The agreement will cover such fields as radioactive isotope and radiation research; light water reactor design and operation; radioactive waste storage, transport, and treatment; and legal framework for the peaceful nuclear energy sector as well as uranium exploration and exploitation. (VOV Jan. 20, 2011)

Vietnam plans to explore for uranium

On Sep. 7, 2010, NWT Uranium Corp. announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU") with Vietnam Atomic Energy Institute ("VAEI"). Under the current MOU, NWT will be directly involved in all aspects of uranium exploration including analyzing and assessing uranium ore, evaluating technical and economic feasibility of properties and ultimately, and assistance with developing the Country's nuclear energy sector.

The Vietnam Geology and Minerals Department reported that it will implement projects on uranium exploration in Pa Lua-Pa Rong in Nam Giang district, Quang Nam province in the central region. (VOVNews/VNA Jan. 21, 2010)

On August 4, 2008, the Ministry of Industry and Trade announced plans to explore for precious stones, rare earths and uranium through 2020. They are found mainly in northern and central regions like Son La, Yen Bai, Thanh Hoa, Bac Kan, Lam Dong and Binh Thuan. It estimated demand for uranium to rise to 680 tons. (Thanh Nien News Aug. 6, 2008)

Domestic uranium eyed for Vietnam's nuclear power plant

The Viet Nam Government is planning to source input materials for the nation's first nuclear energy plant domestically. The nuclear plant is expected to begin operation in 2020. The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources's Department of Geology and Minerals has recently completed a scheme on the survey and investigation of the nation's uranium reserves, said head of the department Tran Xuan Huong. The Governmental decision of 2007 regulates the project on investigation and assessment of uranium reserves in Quang Nam's Nong Son District (the area estimated to have the richest reserves) and other potential areas, and sets targets for exploiting 8,000 tonnes of uranium octaoxide (U3O8) from Nong Son in two phases to 2020.
The geology and mineral department's primary investigations showed that uranium existed in various geological structures in Viet Nam, with the Northwest and Central regions having the most density, said Huong. Uranium ore in the Central region's gritstones have the most potential. Initial exploration and research by the Radioactive and Rare Earth Geological Division under the Department of Geology and Minerals showed that geological conditions in Nong Son District in the central province of Quang Nam warrant further formal investigation. Hung said the production cost of extracting 1kg of uranium from reserves in Nong Son is estimated to be lower than that from Cao Bang's Binh Duong and Lai Chau's Nam Xe districts in the North-western region. According to the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources' publications, available figures and information estimate that uranium reserves in Viet Nam may be as large as hundreds of thousands of tonnes; however, specific and formal research and investigation remains limited. (VNS May 30, 2008)

India to assist Vietnam with uranium ore processing technology

Among eight cooperation agreements signed by India and Vietnam is a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Department of Atomic Energy of India and the Ministry of Science and Technology of Vietnam. The MoU envisages the study and evaluation of Uranium ore processing technology for Vietnamese uranium ores, among others. (New Kerala July 6, 2007)

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In Yemen, uranium prospection and/or exploration is being performed by Cantex Mine Development Corp.

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