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Domestic Uranium Production Report - Quarterly

Data for 1st Quarter 2016  |  Release Date: May 5, 2016  |  Next Release Date: August 2016  |   full report

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1st Quarter 2016

U.S. production of uranium concentrate in the first quarter 2016 was 626,522 pounds U3O8, up 0.4% from the fourth quarter 2015 and down 46% from the first quarter 2015. During the first quarter 2016, U.S. uranium was produced at six U.S. uranium facilities, two more than in the fourth quarter 2015.

U.S. uranium mill in production (state)


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

  1. Crow Butte Operation (Nebraska)
  2. Lost Creek Project (Wyoming)
  3. Nichols Ranch ISR Project (Wyoming)
  4. Ross CPP (Wyoming)
  5. Smith Ranch-Highland Operation (Wyoming)
  6. Willow Creek Project (Wyoming)

Strata Energy's Ross CPP (central processing plant) in Wyoming began production in the first quarter 2016, after being under construction since third quarter 2014.

Final 2015 total

U.S. uranium concentrate production totaled 3,343,207 pounds U3O8 in 2015. This amount was 32% lower than the 4,891,332 pounds produced in 2014 and the lowest annual U.S. production since 2005. U.S. production in 2015 represents 7% of the 2015 anticipated uranium market requirements of 46.5 million pounds for U.S. civilian nuclear power reactors.1

Figure 1. Uranium concentrate production in the United States, 1996 - 1st Quarter 2016
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