Power sector problems see greenhouse gas target missed

Problems in the power sector have seen Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions rise and the 2018 target being missed. Scottish government figures show source emissions increased by 1.5% largely because of the long-term shutdown at Hunterston nuclear power station. It led to more electricity being generated at the gas-fired Peterhead power station, where emissions doubled. A Scottish …

US uranium output shrinks 89% in 2019

US domestic production of uranium concentrate plunged 89% to 174,000 pounds of U3O8 (triuranium octoxide) last year, according to the latest annual report published by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). This also represents a steep decline compared to the 4.89 million pounds the US produced five years earlier. The production of uranium concentrate is …

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” …

Why Uranium Markets Are Gaining Interest

Uranium futures is one of the few contracts that has experienced price gains in recent weeks, as the economic impact of COVID-19 continues to weigh heavily on prices for most commodities. Front-month uranium futures settlement prices have traded up to $32.50/pound in late April, compared with around $24/pound in early March, when most of the world’s advanced …

Producers announce pre-COVID uranium output

Production figures issued by Cameco and Kazatomprom for the first quarter of 2020 show a slight decrease on the same period last year, while those announced by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) show an 86% year-on-year fall from US facilities. This follows a year when US uranium production was the lowest on record. Kazatomprom …

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 …