Survey of Energy Resources 2007
Uranium Country Notes
Exploration for uranium in selected parts of the republic began in 1955, and since 1978 a systematic regional programme has been undertaken. Virtually the entire country has now been explored, with a number of occurrences and anomalies subjected to more intensive investigation. Since 1997, exploration activity has been concentrated on the Nong Son basin in the Quang Nam province of central Vietnam.
As at beginning-2005, RAR recoverable at up to US$ 130/kgU (on an in-situ basis) were 1 337 tonnes and IR (on the same basis) 7 244 tonnes: in both categories, about 75% is estimated to be recoverable. Approximately 15% of the IR was reported to fall into the less than US$ 80 cost bracket. Undiscovered in-situ conventional resources recoverable at up to US$ 130/kgU consisted of
7 860 tonnes in the PR category, plus 100 000 tonnes of SR. Further SR (without a cost range assigned) amounted to 130 000 tonnes.
Unquantified amounts of unconventional resources have been reported to be present in deposits of coal, rare earths, phosphates and graphite.
No production of uranium has so far been achieved.