Markets lack a price signal for nuclear investment

The nuclear industry should work with policymakers on the design of market mechanisms that can produce a clear price signal to attract investors to this low-carbon form of electricity, Jostein Kristensen, partner with economics consultancy firm Oxera, told participants in World Nuclear Association’s Strategic eForum last week. Markets currently do not reflect the value of …

Looking beyond Hinkley Point C

IN JUNE, EDF ENERGY ANNOUNCED it had completed the 49,000-metric-tonne concrete basemat for the second EPR reactor at Hinkley Point C in Somerset. The milestone was achieved “on schedule”, despite the coronavirus pandemic and a reduction of “more than half” in the number of workers on site since March. Completion came less than a year …

Covid-19 Has Slammed the Energy Sector. Here’s a Hot Commodity That Could Keep Rising

Uranium has outperformed major commodities this year, even as the energy sector has suffered from a drop in petroleum demand tied to the coronavirus pandemic. The crisis was a “black swan event” that pushed supply-demand fundamentals into a “structural shortfall,” says Scott Melbye, executive vice president at Uranium Energy Corp. “Substantial global uranium mine disruptions” …

U.S. Nuclear Industry Shaved Generating Costs by 7.6% Compared to 2018

The U.S. nuclear power fleet last year achieved its lowest recorded average total generating costs in two decades—$30.42/MWh—though it ran at a record-high 93.4% average capacity factor. Total generating costs were 7.6% lower last year compared to the prior year, and have fallen nearly 32% since 2012. The numbers, highlighted in the Nuclear Energy Institute’s …

Is the long-awaited supply shock finally here for uranium?

Canada’s Cameco this week announced it was shuttering Cigar Lake, the world’s largest uranium mine, for at least four weeks after directives from the Canadian and Saskatchewan provincial governments. The Canadians are concerned about the use of fly-in, fly-out workers while COVID-19 is spreading. Meanwhile, Namibia, a key supplier of uranium to China’s nuclear fleet, …

Japan nuclear plant safety costs increase 5-fold over 6 years to 5.4 trillion yen

The estimated cost of safety measures at nuclear power plants across Japan has increased fivefold over the past six years to just over 5.38 trillion yen, a Mainichi Shimbun survey has shown. Eleven power producers spent the funds to implement stiffened safety standards at 15 nuclear power plants, including those currently under construction, according to …

France’s EDF expects six new nuclear reactors to cost 46 billion euros

French power utility EDF estimates it would cost at least 46 billion euros ($51 billion) to build six of its latest generation EPR nuclear reactors if the government decides to build them, French newspaper Le Monde reported on Saturday. The estimate was in a confidential document presented to the board of state-controlled EDF at the …