Last Updated: March 1, 2011
Other Name: Kubel-Khel; Kubul Khel
Location: Mianwali District, Punjab Province
Subordinate To: Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC)
Size: 500 to 1,000 tonnes
Facility Status: Operational

Uranium mining began at Qabul Khel in 1992. [1] The site's average grade of the uranium is between 0.02 and 0.03 percent, much lower than is found in typical commercial mines. Therefore, in-situ leaching technology is used for extraction. [2] The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has reported an initial resource of between 500 and 1000 tonnes of uranium at the Qabul Khel site. [3]

Sources:
[1] Muhammad Mansoor, "Nuclear Minerals in Pakistan," The Nucleus, 42 (1-2), 2005, pp.73-83.
[2] Global Fissile Material Report 2010, Chapter 10, International Panel on Fissile Materials, December 2010, www.fissilematerials.org.
[3] International Atomic Energy Agency, World Distribution of Uranium Deposits (UDEPO) with Uranium Deposit Classification, 2009 Edition, www.iaea.org.

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