Kazakhstan loosens grip on world’s top uranium miner – MINING.COM

Kazakhstan’s sovereign wealth fund, Samruk Kazyna, said on Wednesday it had sold a 6.27% stake in Kazatomprom, the world’s top state-owned uranium miner, for $206 million in a move that sought to take advantage of improved market sentiment. The fund, created in 2008, said it sold the shares at $13 per global depositary receipt, a discount of …

China to dominate nuclear power as Beijing bets on homegrown reactors

China probably won’t hit its nuclear energy target this year, but that’s unlikely to derail a broader ambition to become the planet’s chief proponent of the climate-friendly fuel by the end of the decade. In an energy mix that’ll still heavily feature coal and other fossil fuels, government researchers have said that nuclear capacity could …

Making nuclear energy cost-competitive

Three MIT teams to explore novel ways to reduce operations and maintenance costs of advanced nuclear reactors. Nuclear energy is a low-carbon energy source that is vital to decreasing carbon emissions. A critical factor in its continued viability as a future energy source is finding novel and innovative ways to improve operations and maintenance (O&M) …

Russia looks to 2030

THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION’S ENERGY STRATEGY document sets out energy policy up to 2020. Its main provisions were approved by the government in 2000 and confirmed in 2003. The strategy outlines several priorities: an increase in energy efficiency; reduction of environmental impacts; more sustainable development, energy development and technological development; as well as improved effectiveness and …

Nuclear Infrastructure Development to Reap the Benefits of Research Reactors

Research reactors can be used for a variety of purposes, from training nuclear engineers and conducting scientific research, to producing radioisotopes and developing advanced materials. But before a country can embark on a new research reactor project, it must first have in place the proper infrastructure. “The IAEA provides guidance on issues in establishing and implementing …