Uranium & Fuel

Uranium & Fuel
Challenging times highlight supply chain importance, says UEC chief

Challenging times highlight supply chain importance, says UEC chief

Recent global events and supply disruptions have highlighted the importance of domestic supply chains, the CEO of US uranium producer Uranium Energy Corp said today. The company has postponed plans to resume a drilling programme at its Burke Hollow in-situ leach project until market conditions "normalise".

Uranium & Fuel 20 March 2020


Malawi uranium mine sale completed

Malawi uranium mine sale completed

Australian-based exploration company Lotus Resources Ltd has completed the acquisition of the Kayelekera Uranium Mine in Malawi from Paladin Energy. The mine produced 10.9 million pounds of uranium (4193 tU) from 2009 to 2014 but has been on care and maintenance since then.

Uranium & Fuel 16 March 2020


Orano sees 10 more years for Niger uranium project

Orano sees 10 more years for Niger uranium project

France intends to ensure the continuity of uranium production in northern Niger, Nicolas Maes, head of Orano's mining business unit, said following an 11 March audience with Nigerien Prime Minister Birgi Rafini. This will mean ensuring that Orano subsidiary Somaïr can continue operating for as long as possible, or at least until the Imouraren project resumes, he said.

Uranium & Fuel 13 March 2020


Denison sees increasing prospects for Canadian ISL

Denison sees increasing prospects for Canadian ISL

Work done during 2019 to further de-risk the use of in-situ leach methods at the Phoenix uranium deposit at Wheeler River means the prospect of successfully bringing ISL uranium mining to Canada's Athabasca Basin is higher than it has ever been, Denison President and CEO David Cates said yesterday in the company's 2019 results.
 

Uranium & Fuel 06 March 2020


Korean nuclear fuel assembly test facility opens

Korean nuclear fuel assembly test facility opens

KEPCO Nuclear Fuel has announced the commissioning of a nuclear fuel assembly characterisation test facility. The South Korean company has previously relied on overseas organisations to verify its fuel assembly designs.

Uranium & Fuel 28 February 2020


ATF assemblies complete first fuel cycle at Hatch

ATF assemblies complete first fuel cycle at Hatch

Lead test assemblies of accident-tolerant fuel installed in unit 1 of Southern Nuclear's Edwin I Hatch nuclear power plant in early 2018 have completed a 24-month fuel cycle. A sample of the lead test rods will now undergo testing.

Uranium & Fuel 26 February 2020


General Atomics, Framatome join for fuel channel work

General Atomics, Framatome join for fuel channel work

Framatome and General Atomics are to collaborate on the development of accident-tolerant fuel channels fabricated from a silicon carbide composite rather than the current zirconium alloys. Advanced nuclear fuel designs using silicon carbide in the fuel channel, the say, will enhance safety and fuel performance.

Uranium & Fuel 21 February 2020


US uranium reserve proposal receives positive response

US uranium reserve proposal receives positive response

US uranium companies have responded favourably to the Administration's 2021 budget request of USD150 million in funding to set up a uranium reserve. Energy Fuels CEO and President Mark Chalmers said the development was "an important step toward addressing the devastating impact of our nation's overdependence on uranium imports from Russia and its allies, which is displacing free market uranium and forcing US mines out of business".

Uranium & Fuel 13 February 2020


BWXT to support HALEU research reactor fuel programme

BWXT to support HALEU research reactor fuel programme

The US Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration has awarded an initial USD3.6 million contract to BWXT Nuclear Operations Group as the manufacturer of a uranium-molybdenum alloy high assay low-enriched uranium fuel to facilitate the conversion of US research reactors that currently use high-enriched uranium.
 

Uranium & Fuel 12 February 2020


Finland grants uranium recovery permit

Finland grants uranium recovery permit

The government of Finland has granted a uranium recovery permit to Terrafame for uranium production as a byproduct of zinc and nickel production at its Sotkamo mine in the north-east of the country. The process of preparing the uranium recovery plant ready for use will take about a year, Terrafame said today. However, as the government decision can be appealed through Finland's Supreme Administrative Court, the company estimates it will take about two years for the permit to have legal force.

Uranium & Fuel 06 February 2020