Kazakhstan to Boost Uranium Output to 19,600 Tons This Year

Kazakhstan plans to boost uranium output by 10 percent to 19,600 metric tons this year, said Vladimir Shkolnik, chief executive officer of the state nuclear company, Kazatomprom.

The Central Asian nation produced 17,803 tons of uranium last year, Shkolnik told a ministerial meeting in Astana, state- owned news service Kazinform reported today.

Kazatomprom will produce 11,000 tons of the radioactive metal this year, Shkolnik said, according to Kazinform.

Sergei Nasyrov, a spokesman for Kazatomprom, declined to comment.

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