Friday, September 25, 2009

NEI's Energy Markets Report - September 14 - 18, 2009

The latest is up, below are two tidbits you may find useful:

Uranium prices continued their trend downward as prices fell to $42-$42.50/lb U3O8 last week. The EURATOM Supply Agency (pdf) “reported that, compared to 2007, total worldwide uranium production in 2008 rose more than 7% to 44,248 tU [metric tons of uranium]. Canada is still the world’s largest uranium producer (20% of world production) with a total of 9,000 tU. Contrary to 2007, Australia lost its position as the second largest producer and was replaced by Kazakhstan, which produced a total of 8,512 tU. For Kazakhstan, this represents nearly a 30% increase in production compared to 2007 (6,654 tU). Australia’s 2008 uranium production declined to 8,430 tU from 8,577 tU in 2007. After Kazakhstan, the second largest increase in uranium production came from Africa with a total of 7,926 tU (a 20% increase in comparison to 2007)” (UxConsulting, pages 1 and 3).

According to data from Ventyx Velocity Suite, 42,000 megawatts of capacity are currently under construction and expected to come online by the end of 2013. Of the 42,000 MW, 41% is natural gas capacity, 38% is coal capacity, 16% is wind capacity and 5% are other renewables and nuclear capacity. For the first eight months of 2009, the following capacity came online: 7,200 MW of natural gas, 4,400 MW of wind, 2,000 MW of coal, and 650 MW of other renewables (see page 5).

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