P'yŏngsan Uranium Mine

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Last Updated: June 1, 2005
Other Name: 평산광산; January Enterprise (1월기업소); January Industrial Mine (1월광산)
Location: P'yŏngsan-kun (평산군), North Hwanghae Province (황해북도), North Korea
Subordinate To: Ministry of Extractive Industries (채취공업부), Cabinet (내간); and/or the Namch'ŏn Chemical Complex (남천화학연합기업소), General Department of Atomic Energy (원자력총국)
Size: Unknown
Facility Status: Unknown

The P'yŏngsan Uranium Mine began operating in the 1950s, but large quantities of uranium ore were not extracted until the late 1970s. The extracted ore, which has a reported concentration of 800ppm, is milled and processed at the nearby Namch'ŏn Chemical Complex (남천화학연합기업소). The ore extracted from this mine is called "ore number three (3호광석)," and reportedly has a uranium content of 0.8 percent. The mine is reported to be operating, but its capacity is unknown.

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