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Domestic Uranium Production Report - Quarterly

Data for 2nd Quarter 2014  |  Release Date: July 22, 2014  |  Next Release Date: November 2014  |   full report

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2nd Quarter 2014

U.S. production of uranium concentrate in the second quarter 2014 was 1,095,011 pounds U3O8, down 12% from the previous quarter and down 21% from the second quarter 2013. With the addition of a new production facility during the second quarter 2014, U.S. uranium was produced at eight U.S. uranium facilities.

U.S. uranium mill in production (state)
  1. White Mesa Mill (Utah)
U.S. uranium in-situ-leach plants in production (state)
  1. Alta Mesa Project (Texas)
  2. Crow Butte Operation (Nebraska)
  3. Hobson ISR Plant/La Palangana (Texas)
  4. Lost Creek Project (Wyoming)
  5. Nichols Ranch ISR Project (Wyoming) - NEW
  6. Smith Ranch-Highland Operation (Wyoming)
  7. Willow Creek Project (Wyoming)

New during this quarter, Uranerz Energy's Nichols Ranch ISR Project in Wyoming started production. Uranerz Energy has a tolling agreement1 with Cameco Resources. Uranium is first processed at the Nichols Ranch plant and then transported to the Smith Ranch-Highland Operation plant for final processing into Uranerz's uranium concentrate. With the addition of Nichols Ranch Wyoming has four plants in production.

For the first half of 2014, U.S. uranium concentrate production totaled 2,337,190 pounds U3O8. This amount is 8% lower than the 2,541,263 pounds produced during the first half of 2013.

Figure 1. Uranium concentrate production in the United States, 1996 - 2nd Quarter 2014 figure data





1Tolling arrangement: Contract arrangement under which a raw material or intermediate product stream from one company is delivered to the production facility of another company in exchange for the equivalent volume of finished products and payment of a processing fee.