List of countries by uranium reserves

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.

CountryReserves as of 2015Historical Production to 2014
 Algeria19,5000
 Argentina19,6002,582
 Australia1,780,800194,646
 Belgium0686
 Botswana73,5000
 Brazil276,8004,172
 Bulgaria016,364
 Canada703,600483,957
 Central African Republic32,0000
 Chad2,4000
 Chile1,5000
 China272,50039,849[2]
 Democratic Republic of the Congo2,70025,600[2]
 Czech Republic119,300111,765[2]
 Egypt1,9000
 Finland1,20030
 France076,006
 Gabon5,80025,403
 Germany7,000219,686
 Greece7,0000
 Greenland228,0000
 Hungary13,50021,067
 India138,70011,398[2]
 Indonesia7,2000
 Iran3,9000
 Italy6,1000
 Japan6,60084
 Jordan47,7000
 Kazakhstan941,600244,707
 Madagascar0785
 Malawi14,3004,217
 Mali13,0000
 Mauritania23,8000
 Mexico3,40049
 Mongolia141,500535
 Namibia463,000120,418
 Niger411,300132,017
 Pakistan01,439[2]
 Peru33,4000
 Poland0650
 Portugal7,0003,720
 Romania6,60018,899[2]
 Russia395,200158,844
 Slovakia15,500211
 Slovenia9,200382
 Somalia7,6000
 South Africa449,300159,510
 Soviet UnionNA102,886
 Spain33,9008,028
 Sweden9,600200
 Tanzania58,1000
 Turkey6,6000
 Ukraine220,700129,804
 United States138,200373,075
 Uzbekistan130,100127,591[2]
 Vietnam3,9000
 Zambia24,60086
 Zimbabwe1,4000
Total7,641,6002,818,415

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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