Uranium Quarterly Report – Q3 2022
The Q3 Uranium Quarterly Report can be found here, offering insights on nuclear and uranium news, performance of the Global X Uranium ETF, and some industry’s key concepts.
Key News of the Quarter
- Japan shifts stance on nuclear power: More than a decade after the Fukushima disaster, Japan is preparing for a significant return to nuclear power, seeking to restart many idled reactors and create new facilities using next-generation technologies.1
- U.S. ramped up efforts to wean itself off Russian nuclear fuel: The United States has redoubled its attempts to become independent of Russian nuclear fuel. The administration has made uranium enrichment a top priority, and they believe important lawmakers will support this effort so that a fuel production plan can be implemented by 2025.2
- UK government approved Sizewell C nuclear power plant: The UK authorized funding for the Sizewell C nuclear reactor in Suffolk. £20–30 billion project will seek private funding. The government called for new nuclear power stations to boost Britain’s energy security. Sizewell’s construction may indicate that the UK is on track to triple nuclear capacity by 2050.3
- Poland seeks nuclear power plant partners: Poland may work with more than one partner on its first nuclear power plant. It is thinking about using technology from companies in the US, France, and South Korea. Currently, most of Poland’s electricity comes from coal (70% of total production). The objective is to phase out coal use nearly entirely by 2050, with nuclear energy and gas-fired power plants providing most steady supplies by then.4
- Africa’s energy agenda looks at nuclear power: In Africa, Uganda bought land to build a nuclear power plant, and Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana intend to build nuclear power plants too.5,6
- Indonesia will open its first nuclear power plant: To meet its net-zero emissions objective, the world’s largest exporter of thermal coal, Indonesia, plans to support renewable energy projects and launch its first nuclear power plant by 2045.7
- California keeps final nuclear plant running: To avoid blackouts, California lawmakers voted to add five years to the life of the state’s last nuclear power plant.8
- Switzerland might reevaluate its nuclear energy policies: A group of politicians in Switzerland has come together to form “Stop Blackouts.” They intend to start a petition to change the country’s energy policy to make sure that there is enough power and to keep nuclear energy as part of the mix.9
- China’s nuclear industry claims growth plans can be accelerated: China’s Nuclear Industry announced that it can accelerate expansion plans, target of six to eight reactors a year could be raised to 10. Licensing fuel technology could help China to sell more reactors overseas by creating more procurement options.10
- Germany extends lifespan of final nuclear plants: Germany will keep three nuclear power plants in a kind of backup status to tackle the current energy crisis.11
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