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Production & resources

Australia has uranium deposits of world significance.  Deposits of uranium of differing size and grade can be found in most parts of Australia.

The most significant deposits are in South Australia, the Northern Territory, Western Australia and Queensland.

Geoscience Australia assesses and maps Australia’s uranium resources and identified deposits. GA maps show the locations of Australia’s most significant uranium deposits.

Of Australia’s total uranium resources, Geoscience Australia estimates that South Australia has 78%, the Northern Territory has 13%, Western Australia has 6% and Queensland has 3%.

The Olympic Dam deposit in South Australia is the single largest deposit in the world, containing greater than a million tonnes of uranium.

The extent of the resource at Ranger in the Northern Territory has been confirmed as also being of world significance. Large deposits, such as Yeelirrie, Mulga Rocks and Kintyre, also exist in Western Australia.

Summary of Known Uranium Resources Available in Major Deposits and Prospective Mines

Deposit Grade U3O8 Contained U3O8 category
Jabiluka, NT 0.49% 67,700 t reserves
plus: 0.36% 16,440 measured & indicated resources
0.53% 57,500 inferred resources
Koongarra, NT 0.8% 14,540 t reserves
Mt Fitch, NT 0.046% 6,600 t resources
Angela, NT 0.1% 10,250 t resources
Bigrlyi/Ngalia, NT 0.082% 12,200 t indicated & Inferred resources
Nolans Bore, NT 0.02% 3,977 t resources
Napperby, NT 0.036% 3,350 t inferred resources
Kintyre, WA 0.49% 25,600 t indicated resources
Yeelirrie, WA 0.13% 63,000 t measured & indicated resources
Mulga Rock, WA 0.052% 34,000 t indicated & inferred resources
Ponton, Double 8, WA 0.031% 7,800 t inferred resources
Nyang, Carley Bore, WA 0.031% 7,100 t total resources
Manyingee, WA 0.09% 12,000 t resources
Yanrey, WA 7,136 t resources
Oobagooma, WA 0.12% 9,950 t inferred resources
Wiluna (with Lake maitland), WA  0.053% 29,300 t measured & indicated resources
Theseus, Lake Mackay, WA 0.049% 3,600 t inferred resources
Thatcher Soak, WA 0.029% 4,900 t inferred resources
Billeroo West (Gould Dam), SA 0.045%, 0.33 m% 2,500 t indicated resources
Bevereley Four MIle, SA 0.33% 32,000 t indicated & inferred resources
Samphire, SA 0.023% 21,000 t inferred resources
Carapateeena, SA 0.027% 55,000 t inferred resource
Prominent Hill, SA 0.012% 9,900 t inferred resources
Mt Gee, SA 0.063% 26,900 t inferred resources
Crocker Well, SA 0.048% 6,740 t resources
Curnamona, SA ? ?
Valhalla, Qld 0.089% 24,765 t measured & indicated resources
0.08 5,860 inferred resources
Skal, Andersons, Bikini, Watta, Qld 0.06% 12,800 t inferred resources
Westmoreland, Qld 0.089% 16,000 t indicated resources
7,000 t inferred resources
Ben Lomond, Qld 0.27% 3,600 t indicated resources
0.21% 1,250 t inferred resources
Maureen, Qld 0.123% 2,940 t resources
Source: World Nuclear Association

Australian uranium operating mines are in South Australia and the Northern Territory.

The industry generates over half a billion dollars of exports annually.

Source: World Nuclear Association

Source: World Nuclear Association, Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office

Australia holds almost a third of the world’s low cost resources but currently produces only around 10 per cent of the world’s uranium production.

Source: World Nuclear Association, OECD Nuclear Energy Agency and IAEA