Insider Secrets

Insider Secrets

Learn how the PROs are making money from the oil and energy market.

Loading, please wait

Alternative Energy / Nuclear Power

  • World’s Biggest Uranium Nation Just Confirmed Record Production

    Last August, I discussed how uranium production in world-leading nation Kazakhstan appeared to be rising, despite lower prices. And this week we got confirmation that 2015 was another record year for this uranium hotspot. Kazakhstan’s state uranium miner Kazatomprom said Monday that the country’s output saw a substantial rise over the past year. With production jumping 4.3 percent in 2015, to 23,800 tonnes uranium (52.5 million pounds). Related: The Condensate Con: How Real Is The Oil Glut? That’s an increase of over 970 tonnes (2.1 million pounds) from the 22,829 tonnes that Kazakhstan produced in 2014. Showing that the mining industry…

  • Nuclear Renaissance Has Analysts Bullish On Uranium

    Investors in uranium producers and explorers could be in for a banner year of growth and opportunity, making the nuclear fuel an outlier compared to other mined commodities whose prices continue to stagnate. Those with positions in companies like Cameco, Paladin Energy and Uranium Energy Corp could finally see their patience rewarded after many quarters of lost market capitalization due to weak uranium prices. In the years following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor meltdown in 2011, uranium has had a rough ride, with prices slumping from about US$60 a pound before the disaster, to a nine-year low of $28 in…

  • China's $1 Trillion Nuclear Plan

    China, still the world's largest consumer of mineral and energy commodities despite lagging economic growth, appears to be have one foot in the past and another in the future as it embarks on an ambitious plan to install nuclear power stations while at the same time committing to over 100 coal-fired power plants that may never burn a single tonne of the widely-condemned fossil fuel. The disconnect is a bit of a puzzle, but the evidence lies in a recent report by Greenpeace indicating that in the first nine months of this year, Chinese central and provincial governments issued environmental…

  • Japan To Restart Several Nuclear Plants, But Opposition Is Fierce

    A Japanese court says it’s too early to resume operations at the Takahama nuclear power plant on the country’s western coast, citing the risk of earthquakes in the area, but the local governor has approved a restart of two reactors at the facility in the town of Takahama. All Japan’s 43 active reactors were ordered shut down as a precaution because of the Fukushima meltdown in 2011. So far the governments of two prefectures, Kagoshima and Ehime, have allowed restarting reactors in their jurisdictions under new safety rules instituted in 2013. Yet only two reactors at the Kagoshima plant are…

  • China Just Made Its First Big Move On The Silk Road, In Uranium

    Asia’s emerging Silk Road corridor may be one of the biggest developing stories in natural resources. And this week saw one of the first big deals in this space since China announced the initiative earlier this year. That came in Kazakhstan. Where a slate of Chinese companies announced agreements in the country’s world-leading uranium industry. CGN Mining, a listed subsidiary of China General Nuclear Power Corporation, signed up to take a minority stake in Kazakh uranium deposits, according to reports from Reuters. The deal also includes construction of a fuel assembly production plant. With the plan reportedly being to send…

  • Indonesia Eyes Thorium Molten Salt Reactor Technology

    Due to its fast growing population, Indonesia’s energy demand is growing faster than most of its other Asian counterparts. With a series of new measures that could attract energy investments, the Indonesian government is trying hard to satisfy its growing energy needs. In a crucial step which could affect the country’s future energy portfolio, Indonesia signed a Memorandum of Understanding with U.S. based ThorCon for developing thorium molten salt reactors (TMSRs). The partners from Indonesia included state owned Pertamina, a nuclear fuel processing company called Industry Nuklir Indonesia (INUKI) and a state owned power generation Company called PLN. What makes…

  • Can Nuclear Power Help Climate Change Or Is The Industry Destined For Decline?

    The world’s leaders have gathered in Paris to solve the climate problem. The U.S. Department of Energy sees more nuclear power in our future. The British have welcomed French and Chinese nuclear builders with open arms. Are we witnessing the nuclear renaissance? To answer that question, we turn to our world class energy maven, the Question Man. Q. So, is this it, a nuclear renaissance to combat global warming? A. Nuclear power as a solution to one problem or another emerges into daylight every few years, sort of like the cicadas under my oak tree. Nuclear plants produce carbon-free electricity.…

  • U.S Unlikely To Propose More Nuclear Power In Paris Talks

    The Treaty of Paris, signed in 1783 by representatives of King George III of England and the fledgling United States of America in a Paris hotel, ended the Revolutionary War. Next month, another document will be signed in Paris: the climate agreement. It will be signed by about 200 countries, and will commit the signatories to meaningful reductions in their greenhouse gas emissions, mostly carbon. And it will be as seminal in its way as the one recognizing that the colonists of America would no longer be subject to the rule of England. Related: Coal And NatGas Fight It Out For…

  • China Could Become Global Leader In Nuclear Tech

    China continues to rack up successes in exporting its nuclear power technologies as it seeks to become a leader on the global stage. Chinese President Xi Jingping wrapped up a state visit to the United Kingdom at the end of October, in which he inked a deal with the UK to help build nuclear reactors in England. The deal will see the China General Nuclear Power Corporation acquire a 33.5 percent stake in the Hinkley Point nuclear power plant. The power plant could be the most expensive reactor ever built and although it will be constructed years behind schedule, it…

  • Fusion Energy Facing A Major Test This Month

    Fusion power has been a dream for mankind for decades now, but despite attracting perhaps more time, money, and attention than any other technological goal, the dream of fusion power has remained largely that; a dream. The history of fusion power is littered with shattered dreams and false starts, but it looks like, for the first time, there are some promising signs and significant milestones being achieved in fusion power.Venture capitalists of all stripes have continued to pour money into fusion power, and there are certainly some interesting commercial milestones being achieved, but the most promising work right now might…

Martin tiller