KATCO: Uranium Mining Company In Kazakhstan
New AREVA has a presence in Kazakhstan through the KATCO joint venture.
This mining company operates the Muyunkum and Tortkuduk uranium mines in the south of the country. KATCO is the largest ISR* uranium mining site in the world.
Established in 1996, KATCO is a joint venture between AREVA (51%) and KAZATOMPROM (49%), the Kazakh state-run company responsible for uranium resources and nuclear materials.. With more than 1,200 employees, KATCO is one of the largest employers in the Sozak district in southern Kazakhstan.
KATCO operates the Muyunkum and Tortkuduk uranium mines located about 250 km north of the regional capital Shymkent.
In 2016, KATCO produced 4,003 metric tons of uraniumIt is the only mining site in the world to have achieved a production level of 4,000 tons of uranium per year through In-Situ Recovery (ISR), a mining method for extracting uranium from low-grade deposits in which the ore is dissolved by injecting a chemical solution into wells. The solution that captures the uranium is then pumped to the surface and sent to the processing plant.
KATCO embodies the successful alliance of the French and Kazakh know-how in the ISR mining technology and geological expertise more than 50 advanced pieces of equipment such as the crystallization system, the country’s largest calciner, the fully automated drumming unit.
optimized uranium extraction techniques: new techniques for exploration, revision of geological models.
internationally recognized quality certification (ISO 17025 for the laboratory since 2013) and occupational health and safety certification (ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 received in 2015).
KATCO is an important contributor to the economy of Kazakhstan in general and to the South Kazakhstan Region (Oblast) in particular as the largest employer, investor and taxpayer, privileging local companies for purchasing goods, services and works.
KATCO’s economic activity also benefits local population, with more than 5.4 Mln euros spent in social actions in favor of local residents since 2003