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Domestic Uranium Production Report - Quarterly

Data for 3rd Quarter 2015  |  Release Date: October 27, 2015  |  Next Release Date: February 2016  |   full report

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3rd Quarter 2015

U.S. production of uranium concentrate in the third quarter 2015 was 774,541 pounds U3O8, down 2% from the second quarter 2015 and down 47% from the third quarter 2014. The 33% reduction in the third quarter production compared with the 1,154,408 pounds U3O8 produced in the first quarter 2015 may be attributed to the continued low market price of uranium for some U.S. uranium producers. Additionally, the third quarter 2015 production level was the lowest quarterly U.S. production since the fourth quarter 2005. During the third quarter 2015 U.S. uranium was produced at seven U.S. uranium facilities, one more than in the second quarter 2015, when White Mesa Mill in Utah restarted production.

U.S. uranium mill in production (state)

  1. White Mesa Mill (Utah)

U.S. uranium in-situ-leach plants in production (state)

  1. Crow Butte Operation (Nebraska)
  2. Hobson ISR Plant/La Palangana (Texas)
  3. Lost Creek Project (Wyoming)
  4. Nichols Ranch ISR Project (Wyoming)
  5. Smith Ranch-Highland Operation (Wyoming)
  6. Willow Creek Project (Wyoming)

At the end of September 2015, U.S. uranium concentrate production totaled 2,718,929 pounds U3O8. This amount is 29% lower than the 3,805,798 pounds produced during the first nine months of 2014.

Figure 1. Uranium concentrate production in the United States, 1996 - 3rd Quarter 2015
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