Fuel Services

Learn how uranium is mined, milled and processed at Cameco

In Uranium Part 2 - watch how uranium is turned into fuel at our fuel manufacturing facilities in Ontario.

Watch Uranium Part 1 - mining and milling

 
Video courtesy of How It's Made, a Discovery Communications, Science Channel program

Cameco is a prominent supplier of uranium processing services required to produce fuel for the generation of clean electricity. We operate the world's largest commercial refinery in Blind River, have about 25% of the world UF6 primary conversion capacity in Port Hope, and are a leading manufacturer of fuel assemblies and reactor components for CANDU reactors at our facilities in Port Hope and Cobourg.

Our focus is on cost-competitiveness and operational efficiency. We offer a range of products and services to customers helping us broaden our business relationships and expand our uranium market share.

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    2019 Q4 Update

    Production

    Fuel services produced 13.3 million kgU, 27% higher than 2018. This was a result of increased demand.

    Port Hope conversion facility cleanup and modernization (Vision in Motion)

    Vision in Motion is a unique opportunity that demonstrates our continued commitment to a clean environment. It has been made possible by the opening of a long-term waste management facility by the government of Canada’s Port Hope Area Initiative project. There is a limited opportunity during the life of this project to engage in clean-up and renewal activities that address legacy waste at the Port Hope Conversion facility inherited from historic operations. We made significant progress on the Vision in Motion project in 2019 and will continue with the implementation work in 2020.

    Planning for the future

    Production

    We plan to produce between 13 million and 14 million kgU in 2020.

    In addition, in conjunction with our initiative intended to provide a greater focus on technology and its applications to improve efficiency and reduce costs across the organization, we will continue to look for opportunities to improve operational effectiveness, including the use of digital and automation technologies.

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    Refining

    Cameco's Blind River operation is the world's largest uranium refinery producing an intermediate product in the nuclear fuel cycle.

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    Conversion

    The Port Hope Conversion Facility provides uranium dioxide (UO2) and uranium hexafluoride (UF6) conversion services for nuclear operators around the world.

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    Fuel Manufacturing

    Cameco Fuel Manufacturing produces fuel bundles for CANDU reactors and also provides reactor components and consulting services to CANDU operators around the world.

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