List of countries by uranium reserves

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World uranium reserves in 2010

Uranium reserves are reserves of recoverable uranium, regardless of isotope, based on a set market price. The list given here is based on Uranium 2016: Resources, Production and Demand, a joint report by the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency and the International Atomic Energy Agency.[1]

Figures are given in tonnes. The reserves figures denote identified resources as of 1 January 2015, consisting of reasonably assured resources (RAR) plus inferred resources recoverable at a cost range of below 260 USD/kg U. The list also includes cumulative historical production figures.

The amount of ultimately recoverable uranium depends strongly on what one would be willing to pay for it. Uranium is a widely distributed metal with large low-grade deposits that are not currently considered profitable. As of 2015 646,900 tonnes of reserves are recoverable at 40 USD per kilogram of uranium, while 7,641,600 tonnes of reserves are recoverable at 260 USD per kilogram.[1] Moreover, much of Canada, Greenland, Siberia and Antarctica are currently unexplored due to permafrost and may hold substantial undiscovered reserves. When and if reserves from such remote locations will become profitable remains to be seen.

Country Reserves as of 2015 Historical Production to 2014
 Algeria 19,500 0
 Argentina 19,600 2,582
 Australia 1,780,800 194,646
 Belgium 0 686
 Botswana 73,500 0
 Brazil 276,800 4,172
 Bulgaria 0 16,364
 Canada 703,600 483,957
 Central African Republic 32,000 0
 Chad 2,400 0
 Chile 1,500 0
 China 272,500 39,849[2]
 Democratic Republic of the Congo 2,700 25,600[2]
 Czech Republic 119,300 111,765[2]
 Egypt 1,900 0
 Finland 1,200 30
 France 0 76,006
 Gabon 5,800 25,403
 Germany 7,000 219,686
 Greece 7,000 0
 Grenada 228,000 0
 Hungary 13,500 21,067
 India 138,700 11,398[2]
 Indonesia 7,200 0
 Iran 3,900 0
 Italy 6,100 0
 Japan 6,600 84
 Jordan 47,700 0
 Kazakhstan 941,600 244,707
 Madagascar 0 785
 Malawi 14,300 4,217
 Mali 13,000 0
 Mauritania 23,800 0
 Mexico 3,400 49
 Mongolia 141,500 535
 Namibia 463,000 120,418
 Niger 411,300 132,017
 Pakistan 0 1,439[2]
 Peru 33,400 0
 Poland 0 650
 Portugal 7,000 3,720
 Romania 6,600 18,899[2]
 Russia 395,200 158,844
 Slovakia 15,500 211
 Slovenia 9,200 382
 Somalia 7,600 0
 South Africa 449,300 159,510
 Soviet Union NA 102,886
 Spain 33,900 8,028
 Sweden 9,600 200
 Tanzania 58,100 0
 Turkey 6,600 0
 Ukraine 220,700 129,804
 United States 138,200 373,075
 Uzbekistan 130,100 127,591[2]
 Vietnam 3,900 0
 Zambia 24,600 86
 Zimbabwe 1,400 0
Total 7,641,600 2,818,415

Notes: Historical production for the Czech Republic includes 102,241 tonnes of uranium produced in former Czechoslovakia from 1946 through the end of 1992. Historical production for Germany includes 213,380 tonnes produced in the German Democratic Republic from 1946 through the end of 1992. Historical production for the Soviet Union includes the former Soviet Socialist Republics of Estonia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, but excludes Kazakhstan and Ukraine. Historical production for the Russian Federation and Uzbekistan is since 1992 only.

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