U.S. Energy Information Administration - EIA - Independent Statistics and Analysis
Nuclear & Uranium
Domestic Uranium Production Report - Quarterly
Data for 3rd Quarter 2013 | Release Date: October 31, 2013 | Next Release Date: February 2014 |
3rd Quarter 2013
U.S. production of uranium concentrate in the third quarter 2013 was 1,171,278 pounds U3O8, down 16 percent from the previous quarter and up 12 percent from the third quarter 2012. Third quarter 2013 uranium production is at its highest level since 1999. During the third quarter 2013, U.S. uranium was produced at six U.S. uranium facilities.
U.S. Uranium Mill in Production (State)
- White Mesa Mill (Utah)
U.S. Uranium In-Situ-Leach Plants in Production (State)
- Alta Mesa Project (Texas)
- Crow Butte Operation (Nebraska)
- Hobson ISR Plant/La Palangana (Texas)
- Smith Ranch-Highland Operation (Wyoming)
- Willow Creek Project (Wyoming)
New during this quarter, Ur-Energy USA's Lost Creek Project in Wyoming became operational but did not process any uranium concentrate. In Utah, White Mesa milled alternate feed (other uranium-bearing materials, such as tailings or waste from a nuclear fuel facility) exclusively instead of also milling uranium ore from mines.
As of September 2013, U.S. uranium concentrate production totaled 3,712,541 pounds U3O8. This amount is at its highest level since 1997 and is 16 percent higher than the 3,187,711 pounds produced during the first nine months of 2012. Production from the above six uranium facilities has increased by 20 percent over the past 2 years, potentially fulfilling a larger share of the demand at U.S. civilian nuclear power reactors. Most of the U.S. uranium demand is largely met from foreign countries1. Total anticipated uranium market requirements at U.S. civilian nuclear power reactors are 50 million pounds for 2013.2