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

Rafael Farinas blogs via faint praise that as the world looks at solar and wind power as viable, but unreliable and expensive, alternatives to power the grid, the solution obviously lies in other energy sources ... Nuclear and natural gas in a long transition to the ultimate power source, fusion energy or perhaps off-world solar. Solar and wind do have a place in remote areas, but not to power the grid.

Nuclear energy has remained a core source of energy for years and has made significant advancements toward a clean-energy future, with nearly endless energy for generations to come (... More →
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Duke Energy recently announced that its 11 Carolina nuclear plants produced nearly 90 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2016. Their success this past year was based on enhancements in outage planning and execution, along with our ongoing commitment and focus on continuous improvement, re Bill Pitesa, Duke Energy chief nuclear officer.

The lower costs of nuclear fuel, coupled with shorter refueling outages, continue to be a major factor in keeping our customers costs down. The plants produced two kilowatt-hours more than they did in 2015. The 11 plants also attained a collect... More →
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Tomohiro Ichihara reports that one major driving force behind the expansion of Toshiba nuclear power plant business is the growing demand for electricity in Asia.

According to the World Nuclear Association, 99 of 447 nuclear power plants now operating in the world are in the U.S.. Three countries, the U.S., France and Japan, account for more than 50% of all nuclear power plants in operation on an output basis. But the projected output of plants under construction tells a very different story. China alone accounts for nearly 40% of the total and Asia as a whole makes up over 60% curr... More →
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Matt Smith blogs that after years of bad news, 2016 looked like it might have been a turnaround for the U.S. nuclear power industry. The year saw the opening of Tennessee Watts Bar Unit 2, the first new nuclear reactor to go online in 20 years. State governments in New York and Illinois stepped in keep five struggling plants running in those states.

But 2017 started off with the announcement that the two-reactor Indian Point plant outside New York City would be shutting down by 2021. And work on the only reactors now under construction has been clouded by multi-billion-dollar losses... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact - Cases, Nuclear Wastes

Rebecca Kern reports that the political logjam over Yucca Mountain should be broken by depicting the storage of nuclear waste there as a national-security issue, a leading Nevada proponent of the project says.

Dan Schinhofen, chairman of the Nye County Board of County of Commissioners, who represents the county where Yucca Mountain is located indicated that if he could meet with the new administration, he would ask that the matter be considered a national security issue. The government made promises. They have taken money from ratepayers. There is $30 billion-plus sitting there. It ... More →
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Michael LePage reports that countries in the EU, including the UK, are throwing away money by subsidizing the burning of wood for energy, according to an independent report. While burning some forms of wood waste can indeed reduce greenhouse gas emissions, in practice the growing use of wood energy in the EU is increasing rather than reducing emissions, the new report concludes.

Overall, burning wood for energy is much worse in climate terms than burning gas or even coal, but loopholes in the way emissions are counted are concealing the damage being done. It is not a great use of pu... More →
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David Stanway and Kathy Chen report that China will expand its strategic uranium reserves as part of its five-year plan for 2016-2020, with the aim of ensuring it has enough fuel to supply the large program of new nuclear reactors. Beijing, which began stockpiling uranium in 2007 and is estimated by the World Nuclear Association to have 74,000 tons of inventory, or about nine years of current demand, does not disclose details of its reserves so this number may be speculation.

However, demand is expected to outstrip domestic supply in coming years and a move to increase reserves coul... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions

In terms of supply, the largest miner of uranium in the world, Cameco announcement in April (2016) that it would be halting production at its Rabbit Lake mine, the longest-running uranium mine in Saskatchewan, has no doubt impacted the industry. The company had previously set a target for production in 2016 at 30 million pounds of uranium, which has since changed to 25.8 million pounds.

The outlook for the 2017-2018 uranium market is hopeful. Chang said Cantor Fitzgerald concludes that prices will be flat to slightly higher in 2017, as the carry trade continues to push emerging unco... More →
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Jocelyn Aspa reports that the uranium price has seemed to be on its way to a recovery. Kazakhstan plans to cut production buoyed the sector, and as of February 1 uranium was at $26.68 per pound, up 32% year-to-date. However, more recently the uranium price has slid back, and as of February 20 it stood at $24.50.

Given the uranium market underlying fundamentals, its inability to rally is not unexpected. The 2011 Fukushima incident has pushed the commodity into oversupply, and uranium inventory currently stands at about 1.4 billion pounds worldwide, according to UxC.

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China will prioritize the development of a floating nuclear power platform in the coming five years, in an effort to provide stable power to offshore projects and promote deep-water natural-gas development.

The news was announced by Wang Yiren, (State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense). Wang told Science and Technology Daily that Chinese authorities have already carried out research on relevant core technologies as well as the standardization of maritime nuclear power plants, adding that the development of the facility is a crucial part of the c... More →
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Alex Polonsky reports that over the last few years, a Defense Science Board task force evaluated energy systems for remote or forward operating bases, and its final report in August 2016, was recently made available to the public. The task force goal is to replace the diesel generators that serve as the standard electrical power source at these military bases.

Alternate energy sources evaluated by the task force included very small modular nuclear reactors (vSMRS). vSMRs are designed to operate at less than 10 megawatts and to fit in a typical shipping container, in comparison to u... More →
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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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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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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact - Cases, Nuclear Wastes

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.

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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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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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