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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

John Funk reports that FirstEnergy said recently that it is leaving the competitive power plant business, closing or selling all of its plants, including its nuclear plants, by the middle of next year (2018).

The sale of the nuclear plants to another company would have little immediate impact on customer bills. Closing the plants, which would probably take several years, would also have little impact on customer bills or power supplies.

Because Ohio has deregulated electric markets, the Illuminating Co., Ohio Edison and Toledo Edison buy the power they deliver through an... More →
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Dr. Conca reports that a new report from an anti-nuclear group gives some alternative spin to the same old dogma ... shut down all nuclear plants and replace them with renewables. Lots of spin, but no evidence.

This report, from McCullough Research, again targets their imagined nemesis the Columbia Generating Station, Washington State own public power nuclear plant that has been operating for decades, breaking production and safety records over and over, especially for the last five years.

The main point of this report is its claim that Northwest power customers would sa... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions

Rosatom international mining division, Uranium One Inc., has increased its production of uranium by 1.8% to about 4,900 metric tons in 2016, the division said in its annual report on February 15. Deputy Director of the ARMZ Uranium Holding Marina Liborakina said in mid-September, that Rosatom uranium subsidiary was expected to mine 3,000 metric tons of uranium in 2016. The annual report has not been published to date.

Total Russian uranium production in 2016 was 7,900 tonnes (including 4,900 tonnes produced abroad). Rosatom, is the third largest world uranium producer and is in seco... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Colter Anstaett reports that in 1980s, a 119-million-pound, world class uranium deposit, the largest in the U.S., was discovered near Coles Road in Chatham, Virginia. Soon after, the state of Virginia responded to adversaries to the mining project and imposed a statewide uranium mining ban, which remains in effect today. Ever since the ban was implemented, efforts have been made to get it lifted so that the uranium can be mined with significant benefit to the local economy, the local nuclear power plants, and from taxes, with no safety issues.

The U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal... More →
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The nuclear energy share of Ukraine electricity mix is rapidly approaching 60%, President Petro Poroshenko said at a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council yesterday. The president did not give a date by which the increase would be achieved.

Ukraine has 15 nuclear units in commercial operation at four sites ... Khmelnitsky, Rovno, South Ukraine and Zaporozhe, which are all operated by state-owned Energoatom. The units comprise 13 VVER-1000s and two VVER-440s with a total capacity of 13,835 MWe. Ukraine receives most of its nuclear services and nuclear fuel from Russia,... More →
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Gary Martin reports that Yucca Mountain continues to be considered by a Republican lawmaker on a key congressional panel to be part of a comprehensive solution to the continuing problem of storing nuclear waste generated by power plants.

But some Nevada officials say it will take more than money to bring the designated facility north of Las Vegas into compliance to store waste that is being temporarily held at plants across the country. Earlier this month, U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on environment, said that the federal gov... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Other, RTGs, Thorium, Helium-3 and Fusion Research

Stewart Prager and Michael C. Zarnstorf report that for centuries, humans have dreamed of harnessing the power of the sun to energize our lives here on Earth. But we want to go beyond collecting solar energy, and one day generate our own from a mini-sun. If were able to solve an extremely complex set of scientific and engineering problems, fusion energy promises a green, safe, unlimited source of energy. From just one kilogram of deuterium extracted from water per day could come enough electricity to power hundreds of thousands of homes.

Since the 1950s, scientific and engineering r... More →
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J. Winston Porter opines that as the number of electric vehicles on U.S. highways increases, and it will not be confined to cars but also trucks and buses, we are obliged to make the best possible use of low-cost electricity sources to recharge the EVs. This can be done through an expansion of solar and wind energy and the introduction of small nuclear reactors that will result in greater economic and environmental gains than if the power were to come only from fossil fuels.

The nuclear industry, for example, is developing small reactors from designs that can serve the needs of the ... More →
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Dr. Conca reports that SMR Start is a new organization of potential customers and vendors investing in the development of advanced modular reactors (SMRs), formed to get SMRs over the initial market humps plaguing all new technologies, by using proven public-private partnerships. SMRs offer what the industry has always wanted ... an economic, flexible, shippable reactor that cannot meltdown.

SMRs can be emplaced singly or in series. Modules can be added later, likely at current power transformer stations in cities and towns. This provides flexibility and planning not possible for la... More →
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Jocelyn Aspa reports that the uranium price has soared 30% since the start of 2017 and is now at approximately $26 per pound U3O8. In addition to the apparently good news coming from the new administration, other countries also have plans to invest in nuclear energy, and FocusEconomics concludes that as more nuclear reactors come online around the world, excess uranium supply will ease, providing even more price support.

In total, over 60 nuclear reactors are currently under construction in 15 countries around the world (mostly in China and India), while 440 are now operating in 31 ... More →
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The WNO reminds industry that nuclear power is the backbone of the U.S. electricity system, providing sustained economic benefits, assuring grid reliability and supplying the largest source of low-carbon energy, President Korsnick said. The U.S. nuclear fleet provides about 475,000 jobs and produces more than $12 billion annually in federal and state tax revenues, she added.

Korsnick identified two challenges of immediate concern ... preserving its existing nuclear fleet, and creating policy conditions under which companies will build and develop new nuclear capacity.

The... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Isaac Orr reports that Bill McKibben, a climate activist and founder of 350.org, recently argued that Earth is rapidly warming and immediate action must be taken to reduce human-caused greenhouse-gas emissions. To do so, McKibben advocates a massive build-out of wind and solar power, but he never mentions one of the most obvious and efficient energy sources available ... nuclear.

The omission is no mistake. McKibben and his environmental pals have made a concerted effort to reject nuclear energy, even though it is the only way to immediately reduce carbon-dioxide emissions, to creat... More →
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The Department of Atomic Energy will construct two Prototype Fast Breeder Reactors (PFBR) of 600 MW each at Kalpakkam in Tamil Nadu, besides the present one of 500 MW capacity which is expected to go fully functional by October, the government said today.

All the construction activities of PFBR have been completed and the integrated commissioning activities have started. PFBR is expected to go fully functional by October 2017.

This delay is primarily due to augmentation of certain additional assessments and checks on the installed equipment prior to commencement of thei... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact - Cases, Nuclear Wastes

Kyodo reports that a member of the American Nuclear Society has written online that radiation levels at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in Japan are not soaring as reported by some media last week. Will Davis, a consultant and writer for the professional membership organization, left a post on its blog, ANS Nuclear Cafe, saying the claims that experts are finding the levels unimaginable are demonstrably false.

Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc., better known as Tepco, said on Feb. 2 that it estimated the radiation below the pressure vessel in the No. 2 reactor primar... More →
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Greg Wajda opines on which driver of Uranium will be the next to strike. It appears the momentum of the Kazakhstan production cut announcement gave Uranium has faded. What is left to continue the rally?

Wajda considers the possible upcoming catalysts for Uranium to be ...

1. Japan reactor restart
2. Russian/other state production cuts
3. China/India/US reactor announcements/starts/progression
4. Momentum from the stock/financial side

Regardless of the economics, the fundamentals of Japan energy dependency on imported fuels, the restarting of Japa... More →
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Dr. Conca opines that the Trump administration and Congress seem to be trying to raise Yucca Mountain from the dead. Yucca Mountain is the site of a proposed high-level nuclear waste repository in Nevada that was halted in 2010.

The site has always been political, from its initial choice to its recent death. The problem this time is that most of our high-level nuclear waste is no longer high-level. And most scientists agree we should not dispose of spent nuclear fuel until we reuse it in our new reactors that are designed to burn it. So there really is not much to go into Yucca Moun... More →
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Johnathan Crawford opines that nuclear power providers, battered by low prices and competition from cheap natural gas, say they can help President Donald Trump fulfill a campaign promise to put more people to work. Trump will throw more support behind nuclear power than the Obama administration, which gave a higher priority to wind and solar power, Maria Korsnick, president and chief executive officer of the Nuclear Energy Institute, said in an interview Tuesday at Bloomberg headquarters in New York. The industry goal of expanding the number of U.S. nuclear reactors dovetails into Trump campai... More →
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Caleb Gibbons reports that uranium stocks have garnered a lot of attention this far in 2017. Little wonder, as the uranium plays are up nearly 60% since the deemed pro-nuclear Trump was elected in November 16?.

2017 +27%,
2016 -1%,
2015 -37%,
2014 -23%,
2013 -21%,
2012 -19%,
2011 -60.%

From inception (11/4/2010), The uranium ETF is down 79.5% cumulative from inception in 2010. U3O8 spot price currently trades as $25.31.lb. down 81.4% from the 2007 high of $136/lb. The merit of nuclear power on metrics of both energy security and a low-... More →
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Dr. Conca reports that in January, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Advanced Nuclear Technology Act of 2017, HR 590, that is intended to foster civilian research and development of advanced nuclear energy technologies and enhance the licensing and commercial deployment of such technologies. The bill was sponsored by two Republicans and three Democrats and has now moved to Committee in the Senate, chaired by John Thune (R-SD).

At the same time, the latest version of the Interim Consolidated Storage Act was introduced in the House by Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Mike Conaway (R... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

The Deseret News editors opine that environmentalists and energy advocates alike should welcome innovations to nuclear power that could potentially help diversify and enhance Utah energy ecosystem. They call attention to a development taking place in southeast Idaho, which is the proposed location for a new design of a small modular nuclear power plant. The plant is being championed by a group called NuScale Technology, and it could provide the template for nuclear power that is both safer and cheaper than existing plants. What is more, it generates energy that is far cleaner than fossil fuels... More →
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Diarmaid Williams reports that those who talk down the benefits of nuclear power are showing a poor understanding (and are ignorant) of current energy realities, according to the World Nuclear Association.

WNA has responded to the content of a recent article by Noah Smith on Bloomberg News, where the commentator contended that nuclear would not be viable in the electric power mix due to the expensive nature of nuclear power projects. The association also queried the data the author used to base his analysis. The association also queried the data the author used to base his analysis... More →
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Malcolm Shaw blogs about the recent upturn in uranium activities worldwide. Uranium stocks have been busy digging themselves out of the basement in a very rapid fashion. This is an industry that was pretty much left for dead by late October last year... and then, all of a sudden, something changed. Was it the U.S. election and pro-nuclear comments? Maybe. Was it that every other commodity had rallied already and uranium was overdue to play catch up? Maybe. Was the rally helped along by a new Kazakh approach to the market (clearing sales through Switzerland) and the subsequent telegraphing of t... More →
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Keith Rogers reports the Nevada commission charged with overseeing nuclear waste issues reported that it expects Congress to seek funding to revive the shuttered Yucca Mountain repository project this year. This is contained in a report to Gov. Brian Sandoval and the state Legislature from the Nuclear Projects Commission. The report states it is not yet clear whether the new administration would support reviving the shuttered program to permanently store 77,000 tons of high-level radioactive waste, primarily spent fuel from commercial power reactors, in a maze of tunnels inside the Nye County ... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Stephen Stapczynski, of Bloomberg, reports that China rapid nuclear expansion will result in it overtaking the U.S. as the nation with the largest atomic power capacity by 2026, according to BMI Research. The world second biggest economy will almost triple its nuclear capacity to nearly 100 gigawatts by 2026, making it the biggest market globally, analysts said recently. China added about 8 gigawatts of nuclear power last year, boosting its installed capacity to about 34 million kilowatts, according to BMI.

China has committed to boosting nuclear power, which accounted for about 1.... More →
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Jarret Adams opines that the agreement to close the Indian Point Energy Center north of NYC was a great loss. The latest in a string of closure announcements, Indian Point is felt widely because of its high-profile, its record, and proximity to the world-leading financial center.

As many as 60% of the 99 U.S. reactors could shut down by 2030. But today, only four are under construction. The only way to change this trajectory is to convince more Americans that nuclear energy makes sense (But this should not be voted on. Such decisions should be based on what makes business sense). Bu... More →
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