Navoi Mining and Metallurgical Company, which is currently the flagship of the mining and metallurgical industry of Uzbekistan, was established for the extraction and processing of uranium ore on the territory of Uchkuduk district. In the 30-50s of the twentieth century, as a result of geological studies carried out in Kyzylkum, large uranium deposits were found in Uchkuduk. At that time, many industry specialists were sent here in order to accelerate the extraction of uranium, which was necessary for the nuclear industry of the former Soviet Union. This is how the development of uranium deposits in Uchkuduk began.
From the book "Yangilanayotgan O‘zbekiston: Navoiy kon-metallurgiya
kombinatining yangi tarixi" ("New Uzbekistan: a new history of
Navoi Mining and Metallurgical Company").
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