Joint Venture Inkai (Inkay)

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Last Updated: October 29, 2009
Location: Stepnoye, Shymkent Oblast
Subordinate To: joint venture between Cameco, Uranerz and KATEP
Size: N/A
Facility Status: Operational

The three-way Joint Venture Inkai was created on 15 July 1995 between two Canadian companies, Uranerz and Cameco, and KATEP to exploit the Inkay (Inkai) and Mynkuduk deposits. The two Canadian companies agreed to invest a total of $Can 40 million ($29.4 million as of 15 August 1995). [1] Under the joint venture agreement, Uranerz agreed to take responsibility for mining operations and KATEP agreed to handle the export business, using Uranerz and Cameco as marketing agents. The JV was built on a 1993 marketing/investment agreement between the three parties to redevelop Kazakhstani uranium facilities. [2] Cameco bought Uranerz and its shares in the joint venture in August 1998. [3] As of July 2000, ownership of the joint venture was as follows: 60% Cameco and 40% Kazatomprom. [4] Joint Venture Inkai is an independent agent handling Kazakhstani production and has exclusive rights only to that part of production that is not tied to existing contracts with Energy Resources of Australia (ERA) and Nukem, Inc. [5] In June 2000 Kazatomprom CEO Mukhtar Dzhakishev valued the joint venture at $500 million. [6]


Joint Venture Inkai is carrying out initial feasibility studies to assess how much material is actually recoverable from the deposits. On 21 July 2000, the joint venture signed a resource use agreement with the government of Kazakhstan, allowing the JV to proceed with construction of a $2 million test mine to assess the grade and capacity of the deposit. Production could possibly begin in 2004 with output eventually reaching 2.6 million pounds per year, according to Inkai officials. [7]

As of 31 December 2013, the Joint Venture Inkai stated in its annual report for 2013, that its proven and probable reserves of Uranium were 1,947.1 million tons at an average grade of 0.07% U3O8. [8]

[1] "On to Kazakhstan," Nukem, October 1995, p. 18.
[2] "Canadian Companies to Finance Uranium Venture," Nuclear News, October 1995, p. 48.
Paul Carroll, "The Reconstruction of the Uranium Industry in Kazakhstan," Presentation at the Uranium Institute's Twenty Second Annual International Symposium 1997, Uranium Institute,
[3] "Cameco Completes Uranerz Acquisition," Business Wire, 11 August 1998; Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe,
[4] "Cameco/Kazatomprom to Assess Potential of Kazakhstan Uranium Project," Cameco, 21 July 2000,
[5] "Interview: The President Speaks," Nukem, May 1994, pp. 14-15.
[6] "Joint Uranium Processing Projects in Kazakhstan Worth over $600 million," Interfax CIS Daily News Brief, Volume II, Issue 100 (122), 1 June 2000.
[7] “Inkai Summary,” Cameco,
[8] “Cameco 2013 Annual Report – Mineral Reserves,” Cameco, 31 December 2013,

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