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Uranium Mining & Milling

The ore is crushed and milled to separate the uranium. An intermediate product known as yellowcake (U3O8), because of its distinctive color, is produced. The yellowcake is shipped out of province for conversion and enrichment and the manufacture of fuel for nuclear power reactors. Once processed, 450 kg of yellowcake contains enough energy to supply the electrical needs of the residents of a city the size of Melfort, Saskatchewan, for one year.

Milling uranium ore includes several steps. Usually, the mill is located near the mine site.