How much land is needed to mine uranium ore for nuclear plants?

The land required for mining enough uranium ore for a nuclear power plant to generate a gigawatt hour (GWh) of electricity

While the enriched uranium fuel that is used in nuclear power plants is relatively small and lightweight compared to every other kind of fuel used in power plants, it does not exist naturally in its pure form. A much larger amount of uranium ore must be excavated and “milled” to create the uranium oxide (U3O8, also called “yellowcake”) which is sold to enrichment facilities that ultimately produce the fuel used in power plants.

To generate 1 gigawatt of electricity (GWh), 0.06 acres of land needs to be mined to create the enriched nuclear fuel consumed in nuclear power plants.

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