On Nov. 9, 2007, the government of Niger granted Société des Mines d’Azelik (SOMINA) a mining license for the Azelik uranium deposit. SOMINA was formed on June 5, 2007, by the state of Niger and its Chinese partners.
Azelik is a ruin city in the district of Ingall. Greater settlements in the vicinity are Agadez, plus mining communities Arlit & Akokan to the north.
The Uranium is mined by strip and underground mining. According to the company, there are about 15,600 tons of Uranium in this deposit. The amount of Uranium mined in Azelit is supposed to be at 2500 tons in 2015 and 5000t in 2020.