Transport of uranium

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Australian uranium is transported around the world by road, rail, and sea. The journey starts at the mine where the uranium ore concentrate is put into 200 litre steel drums, each weighing between 300-400 kg. The drums are inspected to check they are tightly sealed when they are moved.

The drums are tied down with kevlar straps and packed into shipping containers that are locked, sealed and secured at the mine site.

Every year around 50 shipments of 500 containers of Australian uranium are safely transported by road and rail to ports in Adelaide and Darwin where they are shipped.  The containers are locked and are only opened for official inspections until they reach their overseas destination for processing before delivery to companies around the world.

The two current points of exit are Darwin and Adelaide.  Uranium is transported by road from the Ranger mine (Northern Territory) and from the Olympic Dam, Beverley and Honeymoon mines in South Australia to those ports. 

Since the early 1980s, thousands of containers have been safely transported from mines to ports at Adelaide and Darwin with no incidents involving a spillage of uranium oxide over that period. There have been no uranium transport incidents that have posed any risk to public health or to the environment.