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Kazakhstan’s Uranium Production Increased 9% in Second Quarter

July 18, 2012

Kazakhstan, the world’s biggest uranium producer, increased second-quarter output of the radioactive metal by 9 percent from the previous three months to 5,040 metric tons, state-owned Kazatomprom said.

Kazatomprom’s share of production totaled 2,896 tons, also a gain of 9 percent from the first quarter, the Astana-based company said today in an e-mailed statement.

ULBA Metallurgical Plant, a uranium pellet-producing unit of Kazatomprom, reported a 23 percent slump in beryllium output in the period, while more than doubling tantalum volumes, the statement shows.

To contact the reporter on this story: Svetlana Antoncheva in Astana, Kazakhstan at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Hellmuth Tromm at

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