Uranium 2007

Resources, Production and Demand

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Based on official information received from 40 countries, Uranium 2007 provides a comprehensive review of world uranium supply and demand as of 1st January 2007, as well as data on global uranium exploration, resources, production and reactor-related requirements. It provides substantive new information from major uranium production centres in Africa, Australia, Central Asia, Eastern Europe and North America. Projections of nuclear generating capacity and reactor-related uranium requirements through 2030 are also featured, along with an analysis of long-term uranium supply and demand issues. It finds that with rising demand and declining inventories, uranium prices have increased dramatically in recent years. As a result, the uranium industry is undergoing a significant revival, bringing to an end a period of over 20 years of underinvestment.

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Nuclear Energy Agency

Uranium exploration in the Arlit area began in 1956 and was conducted by the Commissariat à l’énergie atomique (CEA), later followed by COGEMA. Discovery of mineralised areas eventually led to the mining of the Arlette, Artois and Ariege deposits by the Société des Mines de l’Air (Somaïr), and the Akouta and Akola deposits by the Société des Mines d’Akouta (Cominak). Exploration along the northwest extension of the Arlette flexure fault resulted in the discovery of the Taza deposit. The Société Minière de Tassa N’Taghalgue (STT) was organised to own the deposit but assigned part of its mining rights to Somaïr in 1986.

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