The most intriguing news on the world stage this week came from uranium. Where a longtime no-go mining nation looks to be on the verge of signing a major deal to restart production.
That’s Argentina. A country with substantial uranium deposits, which have been under a mining moratorium since 1997.
But that could soon change, according to reports from Bloomberg at a nuclear summit being held in Argentina. With the news service citing familiar persons as saying that one of the biggest owners of uranium projects in the country has signed up a deal for development financing and technology.
The company is UrAmerica. A privately-held uranium developer that has consolidated 61 licenses covering 255,000 hectares of mineral projects in Argentina’s Chubut Province. Related: OPEC’s No.2 Producer Rudderless As Oil Minister Resigns
Reports noted that UrAmerica signed a deal at the nuclear summit with an unidentified U.S. listed company. With the incoming partner to provide up to $150 million in production technology to jumpstart output from the UrAmerica deposits.
UrAmerica’s CEO Omar Adra was quoted as saying that the company will now “be able to produce uranium in Argentina in 2019.”
The big move is reportedly coming as Argentina is seeking higher levels of uranium supply — to feed a fourth nuclear reactor now in construction, as well as a fifth unit planned for construction using financing from China. Related: The World’s First 24/7 Solar Power Plant
If such a deal does come to pass, it would be a major signal that Argentina is committed to re-opening uranium mining. With incoming investors unlikely to pony up the reported sums unless they had reasonable certainty that officials will give mining the go-ahead.
The money involved also suggests that the incoming financier is a major player in uranium. And likely a current producer — given that reports also stated the firm could send its own uranium supply to Argentina.
The most likely candidate given the description is Cameco. Watch for a final announcement from UrAmerica or perhaps the Argentinean government on the exact identity of the key player in this developing story.
Here’s to bringing it back,
By Dave Forest
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