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Global uranium supply sufficient for next century : study

Global uranium supply sufficient for next century : study
PTI
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First Published: Wed, Jun 04 2008. 04 52 PM IST
Updated: Wed, Jun 04 2008. 04 52 PM IST
Mumbai: Global uranium supply was sufficient atleast for next 100 years and the countries going ahead with the nuclear energy programme would have enough fuel for their robust demand and growth, says International Atomic Energy Agency based on a study report.
The report, released yesterday, found that new discoveries and re-evaluations of known conventional uranium resources would be adequate to supply nuclear energy needs for at least 100 years at present consumption level, an IAEA release said.
Growing demand and higher prices have spurred greater investment in exploration and led to larger identified conventional uranium resources over the past two years, the release said.
Currently, the international uranium prices have drastically reduced, almost by 50% compared to last year. The spot price of the yellow cake (uranium) today is $59 per pound while last year it went up to $138 per pound.
Indian uranium costs over $120 per pound considering the poor quality of ore and cost of its extraction and processing.
The uranium market has demonstrated recent strength, with major new investments and expenditures for exploration increasing more than 285% over the two-year period from 2004-2006.
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First Published: Wed, Jun 04 2008. 04 52 PM IST