EDF Says Nuclear Reactors May Have Flawed Parts

Electricite de France SA, which dominates the nation’s power production, said some of its reactors may contain substandard components. The utility’s shares tumbled. EDF didn’t say if any of the country’s 58 reactors will have to be halted, but electricity prices surged in anticipation of shutdowns. The announcement is another blow to the nuclear industry …

Industry must address costs, says Vattenfall CEO

Nuclear must be part of a fossil-free future, but the industry first needs to address the cost of constructing new reactors, Magnus Hall, CEO of Swedish utility Vattenfall AB, told delegates attending World Nuclear Association Symposium 2019 in London. Hall – who is also chairman of Eurelectric, the association of European electricity generators – said …

Kepco’s losses pile up amid debate over anti-nuclear power policy

To blame or not to blame the performance of South Korea’s power generator on the anti-nuclear power policy? This question has emerged yet again following news of Korea Electric Power Corp.’s quarterly loss last week. State-owned Kepco said its operating loss reached 298.6 billion won ($248 million) in the second quarter, following its worst-ever first-quarter …

Challenging the nuclear finance status quo

Financial challenges facing nuclear energy need to be tackled by disrupting the status quo to help drive down costs, delegates heard at the recent World Nuclear Association 2018 Symposium in London. Excluding nuclear energy drives up the cost of electricity in future low-carbon scenario projections, Idaho National Laboratory’s David Petti, executive director of the recently released MIT …

How to trust the expansion of uranium mining in India

The big picture of power availability in India stresses the importance of urgent action. The growing per capita power consumption along with high population growth rate, urbanisation and rising middle class emphasises the critical importance of improving new power generation capacity. The Central Electricity Authority estimates the requirement of energy generating capacity to increase from the current 43 GW to 640 GW by 2026-27. …

Namibia: Uranium mine records drop in output 

Australian-based uranium miner, Paladin Energy has recorded a 23 percent decline in the production at its Namibia Langer Heinrich Mine during the fourth quarter ending in March 2018.During the period under review, the Langer Heinrich Mine produced 670,456 pounds (lbs) of uranium oxide compared to 873,107 lbs produced in quarter three which ended in December …

Cameco swings into the black as it focuses on ‘what we can control’ – Gitzel

VANCOUVER (miningweekly.com) – Canadian uranium major Cameco is settling in to a more relaxed pace of business as it rides out the uranium price doldrums, with two of its best assets languishing on care and maintenance. President and CEO Tim Gitzel noted on Friday that “unprecedented noise in the political economy” are yet to translate …

Uranium Carry Trade Retains Competitive Edge With Nuclear Utilities

Andrea Jennetta , Contributor Financial carry trade uranium deals still offer the cheapest supply source for nuclear utilities in 2019-2022. Paladin CEO Alexander Molyneux said last week that such contracts “remain the most competitive source of supply” for uranium fuel buyers, despite indications from the U.S. Federal Reserve that interest rates will rise four times this year for …

In Africa, the bell tolls for uranium mining – activists

Johannesburg – A bleak market outlook most likely forced Karoo Uranium mining hopefuls Peninsula Energy Ltd to withdraw from South Africa. According to Dr Stefan Cramer, SA Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (Safcei) Science Advisor, the same poor outlook will also keep potential buyers from mining the Karoo for uranium. Peninsula announced last week Wednesday that …