The Kayelekera uranium mine in northern Malawi, Africa produced a total of 1,134 tonnes of uranium in 2013. Though not the lowest producing country by any stretch, the mine accounts for only 1.9% of uranium mined across the globe. Malawi’s Kayelekera mine was discovered in 1980, but production didn’t start until the middle of 2009. By 2012, 1,103 tonnes of uranium was pulled annually, increasing slightly to 1,134 tonnes within the next year. During May of 2014, the mine was shut down due to low uranium prices, halving operational costs from 24 million dollars per year to approximately 12 million dollars for simple sporadic maintenance during the closure.