Rössing Uranium's production of uranium oxide and the nuclear fuel cycle

Uranium is a relatively common element that is found in the earth all over the world, mined in many countries and processed into yellow cake, ie uranium oxide (U3O8). Uranium oxide has to be processed before it can be used as a fuel for a nuclear reactor, that is, where electricity is generated to produce heat and steam in order to drive a turbine connected to a generator.