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Kazakhstan to Triple Uranium Production by 2010

Mukhtar Dzhakishev, president of Kazakh state atomic-industry company Kazatomprom, announced in Almaty on 7 July that Kazakhstan plans to boost uranium production from current levels of 3,000 tons a year to 10,000 tons a year by 2010, Prime-TASS reported.

The eventual goal is annual production of 15,000 tons and export revenues of $850 million by 2015, RIA-Novosti reported. Export revenues currently stand at $100 million.

Seven new mines will be built at a total cost of $420 million to lay the groundwork for the production hike. Dzhakishev also announced that Kazakhstan and China intend to sign an agreement on strategic partnership in the uranium industry through 2020, Interfax reported.

Dzhakishev said the signing will likely take place in August-September.

(RFE/RL 08.vii.04)

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