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Purchase could give access to additional 6.9 million pounds of U308 Cameco will pay CAD107m to acquire the stake in Cigar Lake. Courtesy Cameco. Canadian uranium company Cameco and Orano group subsidiary Orano Canada have reached an agreement with Idemitsu Canada Resources to acquire its share in the world’s highest-grade uranium mine, Cigar Lake, in northern Saskatchewan, Canada.

Following the agreement, Cameco’s interest in the Cigar Lake Joint Venture company, which owns Cigar Lake, will increase by just over 4.5 percentage points to around 54.5%. Orano’s stake will increase by 3.3 percentage points to just over 40%. The remaining shareholder, Japan’s Tepco Resources, a Canada-based subsidiary of Tokyo Electric Power Company, will retain its 5% interest.

Cameco will pay approximately CAD107m ($82m, €78m) to acquire the stake in Cigar Lake from Idemitsu. This may be adjusted at the closing of the transaction, which is expected in the second quarter of 2022.

Date: Thursday, 12 May 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/cameco-and-orano-increase-ownership-in-cigar-lake-uranium-mine-5-3-2022

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