Leading uranium consuming countries worldwide 2018

This statistic shows the leading ten countries worldwide based on uranium consumption in 2018. In that year, the United States was the largest uranium consumer worldwide, using a total of almost 19,160 metric tons of uranium.

Uranium consumption worldwide

Uranium is a heavy metal that occurs in many rocks as well as in sea water. Its high density allows it to be used in the keels of yachts as well as for radiation shielding. However, it is most commonly known for its use as a source of concentrated energy in nuclear power plants. Under specialized nuclear reactors, various radioisotopes of uranium can be produced to use in medicine, food preservation, and industrial agriculture. For example, radioactive chemical tracers can be used in the diagnosis of the human body. Uranium is generally extracted through open-pit and underground mines, however, with advances in technology, alternative methods such as in-situ leach mining have become more prominent.

Uranium consumption is the highest in the United States, France, and China, as of 2018. However, Kazakhstan and Canada are among the top producers of uranium with around 21,700 metric tons and 7,000 metric tons produced in 2018, respectively. In fact, the United States receives much of its uranium from Canada. Australia has some of the largest known recoverable uranium resources in the world with some 1.27 million metric tons as of 2018. Areva, headquartered in Paris, is one of the largest uranium producers in the world, producing some 10,500 metric tons in 2015. Areva is the only company that has established itself in all industrial aspects of nuclear energy including mining, chemistry, engineering, nuclear reactors, and recycling.

Leading countries based on uranium consumption worldwide in 2018

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Release date

April 2020



Survey time period


Supplementary notes

BGR (Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe) is the German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Commodities.

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