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Wednesday, 12 September 1984
Page: 953

(Question No. 994)


Senator Bolkus asked the Minister for Resources and Energy, upon notice, on 22 August 1984.

What are the details of forecasts of annual Western world requirements for uranium made by the Australian Atomic Energy Commission in each year since 1975 for the years 1980, 1985 and 1990.


Senator Walsh —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

The following table lists the estimated annual Western world requirements for uranium as detailed in the annual reports of the Australian Atomic Energy Commission from 1974-75 to 1980-81.

ANNUAL WESTERN WORLD REQUIREMENTS FOR URANIUM

('000 tonnes U308)

1980 1985 1990

1974-75

Planned Growth

57 115 175

Low Growth

54 100 140 1975-76

Planned Growth

53 100 160

Low Growth

45 80 120 1976-77

AAEC Best Estimates

37.8 70 106 1977-78

AAEC Best Estimates

29.8 54 79 1978-79

AAEC Best Estimates

27.2 44 59 1979-80

AAEC Best Estimates

26.4 39 54 1980-81

AAEC Best Estimates

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The AAEC has not published estimates of uranium demand since 1981. However, the Commission will be publishing shortly a publication 'Nuclear Power and the Nuclear Fuel Cycle-Status Report 1983' which will contain more recent estimates.