December 31, 2010 / 8:08 AM / in 7 years

China's CNNC produces first uranium in Niger

BEIJING (Reuters) - China National Nuclear Corp (CNNC) produced its first barrel of uranium in the Azelik mine in Niger on Thursday, the state-owned nuclear company said in a release on Friday (www.cnnc.com.cn).

<p>Uranium pellets, a nuclear fuel product for atomic power plants, are seen on a production line at Ulba Metallurgical Plant in Kazakhstan's eastern town of Ust-Kamenogorsk in this August 11, 2006 file photo. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov</p>

The mine, 37.2 percent owned by China Uranium Corp, an overseas unit of CNNC, will be the first overseas uranium deposit developed by China once it goes into full operation next year.

The Niger project would produce 700 tonnes per year, Chen Yuehui, deputy general manager of China Uranium Corp, said on November 16.

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