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

Beverley 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

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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%

16000 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

 

AUSTRALIA'S URANIUM PRODUCTION

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

The industry generates almost a billion dollars of exports annually.

 

Source: World Nuclear Association

 

Source: Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office

 

URANIUM RESOURCES AND PRODUCTION BY COUNTRY

 

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