Cameco expects to produce about 125 million pounds of U3O8 over the next five years from the properties listed below. Our strategy is to double our annual production to 40 million pounds by 2018, which we expect will come from our operating properties, development projects and projects under evaluation. Growth will be from US ISR, a little from Inkai in Kazakhstan and then from Cigar Lake.
In 2013, production at McArthur River may be lower as we transition to mining upper zone 4.
In 2010, Inkai received approval in principle to produce 3.9 million pounds per year (100% basis) and is seeking final approval with an amendment to the resource use contract.
Our 2011 and future annual production targets assume Inkai receives the government approvals and support of our partner, Kazatomprom. More specifically, it must:
* obtain final approval to produce at an annual rate of 3.9 million pounds (our share 2.3 million pounds)
* obtain the necessary permits and approvals to produce at an annual rate of 5.2 million pounds (our share 3.1 million pounds)
* ramp up production to an annual rate of 5.2 million pounds this year
We expect Inkai to receive all of the necessary permits and approvals to meet its 2011 and future annual production targets and we anticipate it will be able to ramp up production this year as noted above.
There is no certainty, however, that Inkai will receive these permits or approvals or that it will be able to ramp up production this year. If Inkai does not, or if the permits and approvals are delayed, Inkai may be unable to achieve its 2011 and future annual production targets.