JSC National Atomic Company “Kazatomprom” (“Kazatomprom” or “the Company”) announces the following update related to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the Company, including the measures taken to date and possible future implications to its business.
The World Health Organization has elevated the COVID-19 outbreak to the level of pandemic and following the confirmation of the first cases of the disease in Kazakhstan on 15 March 2020 the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, declared a country-wide state of emergency. The President’s decree is expected to remain in effect from 16 March 2020 until 15 April 2020, with full details available on the following government website: https://www.akorda.kz/ru/legal_acts/decrees/o-vvedenii-chrezvychainogo-polozheniya-v-respublike-kazahstan
“The coronavirus outbreak is first and foremost a global human emergency, affecting hundreds of thousands of people,” said Galymzhan Pirmatov, Chief Executive Officer of the Company, “and as it continues to expand, it will undoubtedly have a growing impact on businesses and world economies. However, the current priority for Kazatomprom is the health and safety of our people. We have assembled a cross-functional committee to continuously monitor the situation and have immediately taken actions to protect our employees and their families. Strict preventive measures are now in place, including the transfer of certain higher risk groups of employees to remote work schedules, implementing rotating remote work schedule and limiting all travels and direct contact where possible. As of today, we remain committed to our 2020 production and sales plans, but the situation is changing rapidly, and we are preparing for various scenarios accordingly.”
Kazatomprom’s uranium mining sites are primarily in remote areas of the South regions of Kazakhstan, and to date, the pandemic has had no impact on the Company’s uranium mining or processing operations. However, their remote nature requires that production, maintenance, catering and support staff stay on site and live in close quarters while at work. COVID-19 could pose a significant health and safety concern if an outbreak were to occur in such a setting, and/or if key staff were restricted to quarantine and unable to work. As a result, in addition to the initial measures already taken to minimize the spread of COVID-19, the Company is assessing various production and delivery scenarios. Kazatomprom will not hesitate to take any actions necessary to keep people safe, ensure the environment is protected and our assets are properly managed during this global pandemic. Actions taken could result in lower production due to pre-emptive suspensions of one or more operations.
In the event that mine production or the ability to physically deliver material is impacted, Kazatomprom's production decisions and contractual obligations are backed by inventory, and the Company will continue to responsibly manage its supply sources in order to meet the commitments. At 31 December 2019, the Company had over 8,500 tU of inventory on attributable basis, equal to approximately eight months of 2020 attributable production.
Kazatomprom will keep stakeholders updated regarding any changes and/or effects on the Company’s businesses and operations related to COVID-19.
For further information, please contact:
Kazatomprom Investor Relations Inquiries
Cory Kos, Director of Investor and Public Relations
Tel: +7 (8) 7172 45 81 80
Kazatomprom Public Relations and Media Inquiries
Torgyn Mukayeva, Deputy Director of Investor and Public Relations
Tel: +7 (8) 7172 45 80 63
Powerscourt – London (Giles Read)
Tel: +44 20 7250 1446
A copy of this announcement will be made available at www.kazatomprom.kz.
Kazatomprom is the world's largest producer of uranium, with the company’s attributable production representing approximately 24% of global primary uranium production in 2019. The Group benefits from the largest reserve base in the industry and operates, through its subsidiaries, JVs and Associates, 24 deposits grouped into 13 mining assets. All of the Company’s mining operations are located in Kazakhstan and mined using ISR technology with a focus on maintaining industry-leading health, safety and environment standards.
Kazatomprom securities are listed on the London Stock Exchange and Astana International Exchange. As the national atomic company in the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Group's primary customers are operators of nuclear generation capacity, and the principal export markets for the Group's products are China, South and Eastern Asia, Europe and North America. The Group sells uranium and uranium products under long-term contracts, short-term contracts, as well as in the spot market, directly from its headquarters in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, and through its Switzerland-based trading subsidiary, Trade House KazakAtom AG (THK).For more information, please see our newly updated website at http://www.kazatomprom.kz
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