Uranium mining is contracting in Namibia

Uranium mining is contracting in Namibia

The Bank of Namibia’s Economic Outlook Update indicated recently that uranium mining is contracting during 2020, followed by a mild recovery in 2021.

“The uranium mining sector is continuously declining by 22.4 % in 2020, before expanding by 4.6 % in 2021,” the outlook stated.

According to the central bank, the sector is grappling existing factors that include the insufficient supply of water required for their operations and persistently low uranium prices, viewed together with the reduction in long-term supply contracts.

“This means that uranium mines are more exposed to spot prices, which squeezes their margins. There is, however, an indication that COVID-19 and resulting travel restriction have not prevented the mines from exporting their output thus far and it may not constitute a major factor in the foreseeable future,” the BoN stated.

The central bank said the volumes produced during the first three months of 2020, were 26.4 % lower than the production for the corresponding three months of 2019, making any prospects to catch up with 2019 production levels unlikely.

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Arnaud Lefevre

Arnaud Lefevre is the Chief Executive Officer of Dynatom International. Arnaud is in charge of the international development of the business portfolio.