Starting this week I am also writing as a contributing reporter for Fuel Cycle Week.
My first piece published today in FCW for July 11th is on the race to build and operate three new uranium enrichment plants in the US.
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Here is the headline and lead paragraph for the FCW article on the race to build uranium enrichment plants in the U.S.
In U.S. Enrichment Race AREVA Entry is a Dark Horse
By Dan Yurman, Contributing Reporter
Anyone who doubts that a nuclear renaissance is gaining ground in the U.S. needs to take a closer look at what is going on in its domestic uranium enrichment market. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says more than two dozen new nuclear power reactors are coming off the drawing boards. Going by a USEC figure that it takes about 100,000 SWU per year to fuel a 1000-MW reactor, these new reactors could add at least another 2.4 million SWU annually to the current estimated U.S. enrichment demand of about 12.7 million SWU, assuming all are functioning within ten years.
This rapidly expanding demand for enriched uranium has triggered the starting gun in a race to capture U.S. market share for uranium enrichment sales. With the recent unveiling of AREVA’s ambitious plan to build a U.S. plant, three horses are now on the track, all aiming to cross the finish line within the next six years. Their owners are betting billions on the outcome.
Fuel Cycle Week Vol 6, No. 237 / July 10, 2007