PORT HOPE — Cameco Corporation resumed production of uranium hexafluoride (UF6) at its Port Hope, conversion facility today, June 17.
Production of UF6 at the facility was suspended December 2008 when the company could not obtain a supply of hydrofluoric acid (HF) on “acceptable terms”.
In May 2009, Cameco announced it had signed a contract with its historic supplier of HF under terms “mutually beneficial to both parties”. HF is a primary feed material for the production of UF6.
Cameco continues to make progress in negotiations with other suppliers to broaden and diversify its supply base, a company statement says.
Restart of UF6 production in Port Hope does not alter Cameco’s 2009 fuel services production forecast of 8-12 million kilograms uranium.