Uranium is a naturally-occurring element in the earth whose traces can be found everywhere. Most reactors are fuelled by uranium, which is mined in significant quantities in twelve countries, even though the distribution of uranium is quite widespread (with a similar concentration within the earth’s crust to that of tin). Over 80% of global production is mined in five countries (Kazakhstan, Canada, Australia, Namibia and Niger) and resources in the ground are plentiful.

Global uranium production increased by 40% between 2004 and 2013, mainly because of increased production by Kazakhstan, the world’s leading producer. The assessments of global uranium resources made by the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Nuclear Energy Agency show that total identified resources have grown by about 70% over the last ten years. As of January 2015, the total identified resources of uranium are considered sufficient for over 100 years of supply based on current requirements.

Global nuclear power capacity reached 390 GWe at the end of 2015, generating about 11% of the world electricity. The development of nuclear power is today concentrated in a relatively small group of countries. As of December 2015, 65 reactors were under construction (6 more than in July 2012) with a total capacity of 64 GW. Two-thirds (40) of the units under construction are located in four countries: China, India, Russia and South Korea, all of which have ambitious targets for new nuclear construction.

The USA has the largest installed capacity for generation, with 99.2 GWe of nuclear power capacity currently in operation. France is close behind, with over 63.1 GWe of capacity available in 2015; but this counts for far more of France’s total electricity supply, a total of 76.3% of the market share. In comparison, the USA’s nuclear share is only 19.5% of their total electricity generation.

Global Identified Uranium Resources

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Identified Uranium Resources by region

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Nuclear Installed Capacity by region

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Top Uranium producing countries

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Identified Uranium Resources by region

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Nuclear Installed Capacity by region

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