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Kazakhstan have the largest uranium reserves in the world.

The first commercial deposit in the country (Korday) was discovered in 1951. The most important discoveries were made later. In the late 60s, a uranium deposit was discovered in the province of Shu-Sarysu and Ili in southern Kazakhstan, which became the world's largest uranium reserve.

With these discoveries, Kazakhstan has become a world leader in known uranium reserves, suitable for practicing the method of in-situ leaching.

Deposits of uranium, discovered in the territory of Kazakhstan, are different in terms of form and practical value. In common geological positions, genetic traits and territorial isolation, deposits in Kazakhstan can be considered as part of the six uranium ore provinces: Shu-Sarysu, Syrdariya, North Kazakhstan, the Caspian, Balkhash, Ili.

Currently, 14 deposits out of 56 known ones are in use, the remaining 42 are on standby.

67% Kazakhstan has 67% of the world’s proven uranium reserves suitable for extraction using in-situ recovery (ISR)

The Company owns a unique resource base, which includes the world’s largest known and prospective uranium reserves. 100% of its reserve base is amenable to ISR.

JSC "Volkovgeology", which is the successor of Volkovskaya geological expedition, that opened Kordai field, provides geological support to Kazatomprom. It conducts test drilling of mining sites and other preparatory work for the Company.

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