Fuel Services

Learn how uranium is mined, milled and processed at Cameco

In Uranium Part 2 - watch how uranium is turned into fuel at our fuel manufacturing facilities in Ontario.

Watch Uranium Part 1 - mining and milling

 
Video courtesy of How It's Made, a Discovery Communications, Science Channel program

Cameco is a prominent supplier of uranium processing services required to produce fuel for the generation of clean electricity. We operate the world's largest commercial refinery in Blind River, have about 24% of the world UF6 primary conversion capacity in Port Hope, and are a leading manufacturer of fuel assemblies and reactor components for CANDU reactors at our facilities in Port Hope and Cobourg.

Our focus is on cost-competitiveness and operational efficiency. Our fuel services segment is strategically important because it helps support the growth of the uranium segment. Offering a range of products and services to customers helps us broaden our business relationships and expand our uranium market share.

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    2021 Q2 Update

    Production

    Fuel services produced 3.6 million kgU in the second quarter, 33% higher than the same period last year. For the first six months, production was 19% higher than the same period last year due to the impact of the temporary suspension of production in 2020 resulting from the precautionary measures taken for the COVID-19 pandemic.

    We expect to produce between 12.5 million and 13.5 million kgU in 2021, assuming no production disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic or other causes.

    Labour relations

    A new collective agreement with unionized employees at our fuel manufacturing operations in Port Hope and Cobourg was reached. The new agreement is for three years. The previous agreement expired June 1, 2021.

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    Refining

    Cameco's Blind River operation is the world's largest uranium refinery producing an intermediate product in the nuclear fuel cycle.

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    Conversion

    The Port Hope Conversion Facility provides uranium dioxide (UO2) and uranium hexafluoride (UF6) conversion services for nuclear operators around the world.

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    Fuel Manufacturing

    Cameco Fuel Manufacturing produces fuel bundles for CANDU reactors and also provides reactor components and consulting services to CANDU operators around the world.

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