URÁN - jadrová energia dostáva opäť zelenú

Svetová produkcia uránu zaostáva za dopytom. Minuloročná havária v uránovom Cameco Cigar Lake projekte len napomohla zníženiu svetovej produkcie, čo malo za následok okamžité zvýšenie ceny uránu až na $72,00/lb. 

* There are 441 operational nuclear power reactors around the world today, with the IAEA reporting that 130 new nuclear power plants are either being built or are in the planning stages. These are conservative estimates, with the actual number of new plants likely to be much higher.

* The worldwide supply/demand gap for uranium reached 68.5 million pounds in 2005 and final numbers for 2006 are expected to soar above that.

* China hopes to add as many as 30 nuclear reactors by 2020, Japan intends to add 11 by 2010, and Russia is expected to build at least 42 new reactors.

* In terms of the volume used, uranium is thousands of times more efficient than fossil fuels. The energy in one uranium fuel pellet -- the size of a fingertip -- is the equivalent of 17,000 cubic feet of natural gas, 1,780 pounds of coal, or 149 gallons of oil.

* Uranium mine production can't keep up with demand. Production from world uranium mines now supplies only 62% of the requirements of power utilities.

* The supply-demand squeeze could worsen significantly. By 2015 some estimates put uranium oxide demand at 264 million pounds per year -- up from 171 million pounds today.

"Expressed in today's dollars, uranium reached a peak of $145 per pound in 1978," comments Brodrick. "In contrast, it recently traded at only $72 per pound. So $100 uranium by the end of this year would not be surprising."

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