TORONTO, March 14 With Japan in a race to
prevent a catastrophic meltdown at a quake-hit nuclear reactor,
investors punished the shares of companies that build nuclear
power plants and mine the uranium that fuels them.
Here is a list of the top global producers of uranium:
1. Kazatomprom - The state-owned operator for Kazakhstan's
uranium production. The company produced 39.2 million pounds of
uranium in 2010, as Kazakhstan overtook Canada as the world's
No. 1 producer of uranium.
2. Cameco (CCO.TO) - Canada's top uranium producer mines
most of its uranium from the Athabasca basin, the highest grade
uranium deposit in the world. The company produced 22.8 million
pounds of uranium in 2010.
3. Areva CEPFi.PA - France's nuclear power giant produces
uranium and builds reactors. The company has projects in
Canada, Africa and Kazakhstan. It produced about 17 million
pounds in 2009.
4. Rio Tinto (RIO.AX) (RIO.L) - The diversified mining
giant produces uranium in the United States, Namibia and
Australia. The company also produced around 17 million pounds
5. Atomredmetzoloto (ARMZ) - ARMZ is the mining arm of
Russian state-owned nuclear giant Rosatom. The company produces
primarily in Russia and it holds a 51 percent stake in Canada's
Uranium One. It produced about 12 million pounds in 2009.
6. BHP Billiton (BHP.AX) (BLT.L) - The diversified mining
giant produces uranium at its Olympic Dam project in Australia.
The company produced 5 million pounds of uranium in 2010.
Other top players include Uranium One UUU.TO, which
produced 7.4 million pounds in 2010 and Paladin Energy
(PDN.AX), which produced 6.3 million pounds in 2010.
Source: Company websites
(Reporting by Julie Gordon; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)