Uranium & Fuel

Uranium & Fuel
Orano Mining continues to invest, says Maes

Orano Mining continues to invest, says Maes

Orano is confident about its uranium mining future and will continue to invest in its projects while remaining committed to being a responsible mining company at all stages of operation, Orano Mining CEO Nicolas Maes told delegates at the World Nuclear Fuel Cycle forum today.

Uranium & Fuel 15 April 2021


US conversion plant gears up for next 40 years

US conversion plant gears up for next 40 years

The business case behind the decision to restart the USA's only domestic uranium conversion facility announced earlier this year rested on suitable answers to several "puzzle piece" questions falling into place, ConverDyn's Malcolm Critchley told the World Nuclear Fuel Cycle forum yesterday.

Uranium & Fuel 14 April 2021


TRISO fuel made in Canada for first time

TRISO fuel made in Canada for first time

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories has fabricated proprietary advanced fuel pellets for Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation's Micro Modular Reactor. This is the first time that a TRISO-based nuclear fuel has been manufactured in Canada.

Uranium & Fuel 14 April 2021


USA preparing to lead advanced nuclear fuel supply, says Korsnick

USA preparing to lead advanced nuclear fuel supply, says Korsnick

There is bipartisan support in the USA for the country to be the world's leading supplier of fuel for advanced reactors, Maria Korsnick, president and CEO of the Nuclear Energy Institute, said today during the World Nuclear Fuel Cycle forum, which the NEI is co-hosting this week with World Nuclear Association.

Uranium & Fuel 13 April 2021


Plant upgrades ensure continued TRIGA fuel supply

Plant upgrades ensure continued TRIGA fuel supply

A major renovation project has been completed at TRIGA International's fuel fabrication facility in Romans-sur-Isère, southeastern France. The facility is the only supplier of uranium-zirconium hydride fuel for use in TRIGA-type research reactors. The upgrades will ensure the continued operation of 36 such reactors around the world.

Uranium & Fuel 12 April 2021


Canadian uranium mine and mill to resume operation

Canadian uranium mine and mill to resume operation

Cameco has announced plans to restart production later this month at its Cigar Lake uranium mine in northern Saskatchewan, Canada, which was suspended in December last year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, Orano Canada said it will resume production at its McClean Lake uranium mill, where ore from Cigar Lake is processed.

Uranium & Fuel 12 April 2021


Niger uranium mine ends operations after 47 years

Niger uranium mine ends operations after 47 years

Production at the Cominak uranium mine at Akouta in Niger came to an end yesterday after over 40 years of operations during which it produced more than 75,000 tU. The mine has now entered the remediation phase, which will also include action to address the impact of the mine's closure on its employees and on local communities. Cominak's board of directors announced in October 2019 that the mine would close this month due to depletion of its resources.

Uranium & Fuel 01 April 2021


Uranium firms increase inventory from spot market

Uranium firms increase inventory from spot market

Uranium companies in Australia and Canada have announced purchases of physical uranium holdings. Boss Resources says its strategic uranium acquisition will strengthen its position as it moves forward towards the restart of the Honeymoon project in South Australia. Vancouver, Canada-based Uranium Royalty Corp is to buy USD10 million of physical uranium through a supply agreement with Yellow Cake plc.

Uranium & Fuel 30 March 2021


Lightbridge to prioritise SMR fuel development

Lightbridge to prioritise SMR fuel development

Lightbridge Corporation has decided to prioritise developing fuel for future small modular reactors rather than fuel for large reactor designs, President and CEO Seth Grae said in a business update ahead of a webcast and conference call to discuss the company's financial results. The company is also contemplating a zirconium-plutonium version of its fuel.

Uranium & Fuel 25 March 2021


US BWR to receive Framatome accident tolerant fuel

US BWR to receive Framatome accident tolerant fuel

Framatome is to supply PROtect enhanced accident tolerant fuel technology and ATRIUM 11 fuel for the Monticello Nuclear Generating Plant in Monticello, Minnesota under a contract signed with Xcel Energy. This will be the first delivery of prototype EATF rods under the PROtect programme to a boiling water reactor, Framatome says.
 

Uranium & Fuel 25 March 2021