Welcome to the IAEA International Network on the Uranium Production Cycle - UPC Net
Uranium is the
primary component of nuclear power reactors’ fuel and must be managed properly in
a safe and sustainable manner. The typical annual production of natural uranium
world-wide is between 55,000 and 65,000 tons of uranium (metal equivalent).
The overall objective of the IAEA Uranium Production Cycle (UPC)
Network is to enhance member States’ knowledge and information sharing in the
fields of exploration, discovery and assessment of resources; prefeasibility
and feasibility studies; mining and processing development including technology
selection and testing; construction and operation of mining facilities; and the
appropriate closure of Uranium production sites where the resource has been
depleted. All these areas must be based on best practices, aim for a minimal
adverse impact on the environment and society and bring benefits to local and
national communities and economies.
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