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The African Commission On Nuclear Energy (AFCONE) and US-based DeepGEO have signed a partnership agreement paving the way for expanding nuclear energy in Africa and establishing a fully autonomous African nuclear supply chain. The African Nuclear Energy Funding Initiative (ANEFI) agreement supports the development of multinational repositories for high level nuclear waste in Africa to promote regional governance and secure financing for vital infrastructure development. DeepGEO said this “enhances the sustainability of nuclear energy worldwide, and boosts sustainable development in a continent that is expected to become home to 25% of the global population by the year 2050”.

Date: Saturday, 09 March 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsafcone-and-deepgeo-launch-partnership-to-expand-nuclear-energy-in-africa-11585821

Canada’s Cameco has announced that acquisition of?Westinghouse Electric Company in a strategic partnership with Brookfield Asset Management alongside Brookfield Renewable Partners and institutional partners has been completed. Cameco now owns a 49% interest and Brookfield a 51% in Westinghouse.

Date: Wednesday, 15 November 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscameco-and-brookfield-complete-acquisition-of-westinghouse-11297387

Romainia’s nuclear utility SN Nuclearelectrica SA (SNN) says it put into operation its Feldioara Branch during January-March as part of its strategy for development of an integrated nuclear fuel cycle.

Date: Wednesday, 12 April 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsromania-launches-integrated-fuel-cycle-as-kazakhstan-delivers-uranium-10747766

Society - and the nuclear industry - are today facing a new reality: the reality of asking ourselves about energy security and energy independence. So said John-Paul Jones, head of commercial and market intelligence at Urenco, at World Nuclear Fuel Cycle 2022.

Date: Saturday, 30 April 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/New-realities-for-uranium-enrichment

The global uranium market has not yet been impacted by recent geopolitical events, speakers from uranium suppliers said during a session of the World Nuclear Fuel Conference 2022 in London. However, they agreed that the longer-term future is uncertain but the industry can bring capacity online to avoid any shortages.

Date: Thursday, 28 April 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Uranium-miners-ready-to-meet-market-needs,-WNFC-he

The US Congress voted to approve appropriations for fiscal year 2021 that includes USD1.5 billion for the Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy. The appropriations also include USD150 million to initiate the uranium reserve programme to address challenges to the production of domestic uranium.

Date: Thursday, 24 December 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Congress-approves-nuclear-energy-funding-for-FY202

The US is one step closer to funding and implementing a uranium reserve after the Senate committee on appropriations this week released drafts of 2021 funding measures and subcommittee allocations that include $150m for the project.

If passed into law, it would provide full funding for the Department of Energy to begin the funding required to stimulate growth in the domestic uranium mining industry.

The US has the world's largest reactor fleet of 94 commercial nuclear reactors producing about 20% of its electricity, yet its uranium mining industry is struggling. Production has been on a steady decline since the early 1980s as nuclear power plant operators replaced domestic uranium production with less expensive imports.

Under the uranium reserve programme, the DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy would buy uranium directly from domestic mines and contract for uranium conversion services. The DOE has said that the new stockpile is expected to support the operation of at least two US uranium mines, reestablish active conversion capabilities, and ensure a backup supply of uranium for nuclear power operators in the event of a market disruption.

Date: Saturday, 14 November 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/senate-committee-announces-planned-usd150m-for-uranium-reserve-11-5-2020

In order to secure the economic and security benefits of a true 'all-of-the-above' energy agenda, the United States must be at the forefront of nuclear innovation, writes Dan Brouillette. The following is the US secretary of energy's 21 August blog for the Department of Energy (DOE).

Date: Tuesday, 25 August 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Viewpoint-You-cant-have-true-energy-independence

Energy Fuels Inc is continuing work on a programme to investigate using the USA's only currently operational conventional uranium mill, White Mesa, to process uranium and thorium-bearing rare earth element (REE) ores and recover uranium while producing REE concentrates.

Date: Saturday, 23 May 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Energy-Fuels-looks-to-rare-earths-to-enhance-White

The USA produced a total of 0.17 million pounds U3O8 (65.4 tU) of uranium concentrate from all domestic sources in 2019, according to a newly published annual report from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). This was 89% less than in 2018.

Date: Wednesday, 20 May 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/USA-releases-2019-uranium-figures