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Nuclear energy has faced serious challenges in recent years because of several factors: competition from low gas prices, subsidised renewables and slow growth in electricity demand in certain markets. But because of several powerful forces we are seeing signs that this year nuclear energy will come roaring back, writes Jarret Adams.

Date: Wednesday, 07 March 2018
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Kazakhstan national atomic company Kazatomprom, China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGNPC) and France’s Areva have announced the start of construction in Kazakhstan of a nuclear fuel fabrication plant. The plant will use Areva fabrication technology and will be managed by a joint venture between Kazatomprom and CGNPC. The plant will have a production capacity of 200t of fuel assemblies a year, with production scheduled to begin in 2020. It will be managed through Ulba-FA, a joint venture of Kazatomprom subsidiary Ulba Metallurgical Plant (UMP) (51%) and CGNPC subsidiary CGN-URC (49%).

Date: Tuesday, 13 December 2016
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Kazakhstan's National Atomic Company Kazatomprom and Electricite de France (EDF) on 6 November concluded a contract under which Kazatomprom is to supply 4500t of natural uranium concentrates to EDF in the period from 2021 to 2025.

Date: Monday, 09 November 2015
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