- Inkai is owned 40% by Cameco and 60% by Kazatomprom, which is majority-owned by the Kazakh government.
- Tapping into the vast uranium potential of Kazakhstan, Joint Venture Inkai LLP operates the in situ recovery mine.
- The ISO 14001 and BSI OHSAS 18001 certified facility follows western standards for worker safety and environmental protection since it began operations in 2008.
2020 Q4 Update
Total 2020 production from Inkai was 7.0 million pounds (100% basis), a decrease of 16% from 2019. The decrease in production is due to the impact of the reduction in operational activities introduced to manage the risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
On April 7, 2020, Kazatomprom announced a reduction to operational activities across all uranium mines in Kazakhstan for an expected period of three months due to the risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. It indicated that its decision would result in a lower level of wellfield development activity and, as a result, an estimated reduction of up to 17.5% in total planned uranium production in Kazakhstan in 2020.
On July 6, 2020, Kazatomprom announced a one-month extension of the period of reduced operational activities with the impact on its revised production plan for 2020 expected to be immaterial.
In August 2020, the previously reduced operational activities, including wellfield development resumed at JV Inkai.
Production purchase entitlements
Under the terms of a restructuring agreement signed with our partner Kazatomprom in 2016, our ownership interest in JV Inkai is 40% and Kazatomprom’s share is 60%. However, during production rampup to the licensed limit of 10.4 million pounds, we are entitled to purchase 57.5% of the first 5.2 million pounds of annual production, and as annual production increases over 5.2 million pounds, we are entitled to purchase 22.5% of such incremental production, to the maximum annual share of 4.2 million pounds.
Once the rampup to 10.4 million pounds annually is complete, we will be entitled to purchase 40% of such annual production, matching our ownership interest.
Excess cash, after working capital requirements, will be distributed to the partners as dividends. In 2020, we received dividend payments from JV Inkai totaling $40.6 million (US). Our share of dividends follows our production purchase entitlements as described above.
Planning for the future
Based on an adjustment to the production purchase entitlement under the 2016 JV Inkai restructuring agreement described above, we are entitled to purchase 4.9 million pounds, or 59.4% of JV Inkai’s planned 2021 production of 8.3 million pounds, assuming no production disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic or other causes. Our share of the profits earned by JV Inkai on the sale of its production will be included in “income from equity-accounted investees” on our consolidated statement of earnings.
Our share of production is purchased at a discount to the spot price and included at this value in inventory. In addition, JV Inkai capital is not included in our outlook for capital expenditures.
Environment & Safety
Worker safety, environmental monitoring and proper decommissioning after project completion are of the utmost importance to Cameco.
Reserves & Resources
Our mineral reserves and resources are the foundation of our company and fundamental to our success.
Caution about forward-looking information
This page may contain forward-looking information that is based upon the assumptions and subject to the material risks discussed on page 2 of Cameco's most recent Quarterly MD&A.