Uranium Media Releases

Uranium boost from Queensland to the world

Australia’s reputation as a safe and reliable supplier of uranium will be enhanced with the latest moves to re-establish the industry in Queensland. The Queensland Government’s decision to award six Mineral Development Licences for uranium, copper and other base metals exploration north of Mt Isa, underpinned by the State’s best- practice framework, is a welcome boost for the industry and the nation at a time when opportunities are expanding around the world.


The Minerals Council of Australia’s Uranium Forum applauds the Prime Minister’s announcement to the Parliament today that he hopes to sign a nuclear co-operation agreement with India to allow uranium sales to this important trading partner. India is set to be a significant developer of nuclear energy over the next decade and a half. While it is already one of the largest energy consumers in the world, it still has around 400 million people without access to electricity.


The Australian uranium industry today welcomed reports that the Australian Government will conclude a safeguards agreement with India next month paving the way for the sale of uranium to one of the world’s fastest growing energy markets. India currently only has just over 5 GW of nuclear capacity. This is expected to grow to 14.6 GW by the end of the decade and is on track for between 30-50 GW by 2035. Given that this would only be 6 per cent of India’s projected electricity supply, there is a realistic scope for upside growth. With nearly 400 million people in India without access to electricity, Australian uranium will have an important role in lifting communities across India out of energy poverty. This additional uranium demand will be on top of the IEA’s 2035 projections for China of between 130-210 GW of nuclear capacity, up from a mere 13 GW in 2011. These rapidly growing markets will generate strong demand for uranium from Australia – home of more than 30 per cent of the world’s known low cost uranium reserves – and underpinning jobs and growing export revenue for Australia. The bilateral agreement will bring India into Australia’s non-proliferation safeguards architecture which already includes amongst others the USA, Japan, South Korea, the UAE, Europe and China. These agreements ensure that Australia’s nuclear exports remain in exclusively peaceful use.


In recent weeks, there has been significant commentary about uranium mining in Australia from individuals and organisations opposed to the industry. The commentary has often been poorly informed. To assist a sensible debate about the industry in Australia, the Minerals Council of Australia provides 10 key facts on uranium.

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