GLOBAL MINING INDUSTRY DEFICIT: Governments Are Demanding Physical Delivery of Uranium Now!
It’s a supply-versus-demand imbalance that has completely gotten out of hand.
Calling it a supply crunch or deficit doesn’t fully describe what’s happening in the U.S. nuclear industry today, in my opinion.
Non-existent really isn’t an exaggeration, as the nation continues to struggle just to get a sliver of the global uranium industry pie.
To put it bluntly, it’s a misconception that America’s nuclear plants use domestically-produced uranium.
The owners and operators of U.S. nuclear power reactors purchased the equivalent of about 48.9 million pounds of uranium in 2020, but unfortunately, they remain highly reliant on foreign sources for that uranium:
- 22% from Kazakhstan – Former Soviet Union
- 22% from Canada
- 16% from Russia – Former Soviet Union
- 11% from Australia
- 8% from Uzbekistan – Former Soviet Union
- 5% from Namibia
America is so dependent on other nations – some of them less friendly than others – for such an essential energy source.
This is a truly unsettling scenario: nuclear power plants are the nation’s 2nd largest power source providing roughly 20% of the electricity in the U.S. and over half of its clean air generation, yet domestic uranium output is minuscule. Note the why… from 2020 testimony of the Uranium Producers of America before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.:
This has been a result of price-insensitive material from state-owned entities (SOEs). Left unchecked, we are placing our clean energy future in the hands of countries not aligned with the United States or our economic interests.
Of immediate concern for the U.S. domestic industry is uranium imported from the countries of the Former Soviet Union (FSU) – Russia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. In response to adverse market conditions, U.S. mine production of uranium dropped more than 95 percent between 2010 and 2019.
Then there’s China, also emerging as another dominant force in the uranium market along with other Asian nations:
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Asian nations are working around the clock to grow their nuclear footprint, thereby putting the U.S. at an even greater disadvantage in the race to adopt clean, sustainable energy.
Kazatomprom slashed its 2020 uranium production forecast by up to 10.4 million pounds – equivalent to 8% of the global supply at that time – due to government-imposed measures to mitigate the spread of the virus, so the supply side got even tighter.
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Today, virtually none of the uranium required by the United States is being produced in America. As you can imagine, the last thing the U.S. government wants is for the country to compromise its energy and national security by depending on foreign-sourced uranium from countries that are not always aligned with U.S. policies.
Moreover, this is taking place at the worst possible timing since the nation’s electricity demand, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, will increase by 24% by the year 2035.
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This means that the country will require hundreds of new nuclear power plants in order to maintain America’s current living standards and expectations for economic growth, in my view.
After falling below the crucial $20 mark in 2017, it has made a comeback.
By the summer of 2021, uranium topped $32 per pound.
The answer is to have uranium producers on U.S. soil. The lack of local production is negatively impacting the nation politically, economically, and even in America’s safety and security.
That’s why America is looking to ultra-efficient, production-ready miners like Uranium Energy Corp. (NYSE AMERICAN: UEC).
The United States has set a goal to reach 100% carbon pollution-free electricity by 2035 – and to achieve this, the country will desperately need a company like Uranium Energy Corp. to fill the supply gap.
The fact is, you won’t easily find a pure-play investment in the uranium market like UEC. Check the stats and you’ll agree, Uranium Energy Corp. is the only choice right now:
- Production-ready, licensed, low-cost In-Situ Recovery (ISR) mining in Texas and Wyoming Largest resource base of fully permitted ISR projects of any U.S.-based producer
- Newly established U.S. warehoused inventory of 2.3 million pounds of U308
- Strong balance sheet with over $123 million in cash, equity and physical holdings
- Developing the newest and largest ISR production-area in the U.S. at Burke Hollow in South Texas
Moreover, UEC is unhedged, with no contracts at pre-set prices, and is most highly leveraged to uranium’s price compared to all other uranium miners globally.
America’s dependence on foreign sources of uranium is not sustainable, or even secure. Fortunately, Uranium Energy Corp. is stepping up to the plate – it’s a high-need market that very few miners have the resources or the expertise to address.
Clearly, this is the one nuclear energy investment you should be researching right now. See for yourself – you can download the Uranium Energy Corp.’s full presentation HERE.
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