World’s largest uranium miner seeks additional transport capability bypassing Russia

ALMATY – Kazatomprom, the world’s largest uranium miner, is in search of to spice up the capability of its various transport route which bypasses Russia to mitigate dangers from potential sanctions, the Kazakh firm mentioned on Wednesday.

Landlocked Kazakhstan has historically shipped most of its key exports resembling oil by way of Russia. Kazatomprom mentioned it shipped merchandise through the Russian port of St. Petersburg all through the third quarter with no points,

“Nonetheless, the Trans-Caspian Worldwide Transport Route (TITR), which the corporate has efficiently used as a substitute route since 2018, helps to mitigate the chance of the first route being unavailable, for any cause,” it mentioned in an announcement.

The route goes from Kazakhstan through the Caspian Sea to Azerbaijan after which Georgia from the place merchandise will be shipped by way of Black Sea ports.

Kazatomprom has an accredited annual quota permitting it to ship a complete of as much as 3,500 tonnes (of uranium) from its Kazakh mines through the TITR, it mentioned. For comparability, Kazatomprom and its joint ventures produced about 5,400 tonnes within the third quarter.

“The corporate is working to extend the quota restrict and is helping JV companions in the event that they would like to not obtain their share of fabric through the established route that passes by way of the Port of St. Petersburg,” it mentioned.

Kazatomprom mentioned it had a cargo to Western markets in-progress on the TITR which was awaiting consolidation within the Georgian port of Poti.

However there’s a threat of delays for shipments the place the nuclear materials is owned by Kazatomptom’s three way partnership companions as “transit nation authorities ask for sure cargo particulars and related paperwork”, it mentioned.

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