US may give up Russian uranium

The United States is intensifying its confrontation with Russia in the trade and energy field. Thus, the Department of Energy and Congress spoke in favor of a gradual reduction and subsequent refusal to purchase Russian uranium.

At the same time, the Americans plan to increase their uranium production capacities, and so far this has not happened, to increase purchases of this radioactive metal in Kazakhstan. That the United States energy department, in cooperation with the legislature, is ready to move in this direction, was announced on Thursday, May 6, by the head of the ministry Jennifer Granholm.

According to a number of congressmen, the Centrus corporation, which earlier concluded an agreement with the Department of Energy on the construction of centrifuges for uranium enrichment for modern reactors (the enrichment level is from 5 to 20 percent), can increase productivity. Until the required level of production of fuel with a high content of low-enriched uranium is reached, it is possible to increase the export of metal from Kazakhstan and, in the future, stop supplying it from Russia.

Earlier, the US trade department and Rosatom signed an agreement on the gradual reduction of quotas for purchases of Russian uranium by the American side from 24 percent of demand this year to 15 percent - from 2028 to 2040. Canada remains in first place in terms of uranium supplies to the United States (21 percent of all exports), followed by Australia and Kazakhstan (18 percent each), Russia (15 percent) and Uzbekistan (9 percent).
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  1. Kofesan Offline Kofesan
    Kofesan (Valery) 7 May 2021 14: 36
    Kazakhstan does not need uranium. So is Australia. As well as nuclear power plants processing this uranium.
    But to us - desperately ... Besides us, Australia and Canada may not sell it to us.
    So there is a silver lining. Or - it's all for the best.
  2. 123 Offline 123
    123 (123) 7 May 2021 15: 45
    The desire for import substitution is commendable, we will see how it will turn out to get rid of dependence on Russia.

    Canada remains in first place in terms of uranium supplies to the United States (21 percent of all exports), followed by Australia and Kazakhstan (18 percent each), Russia (15 percent) and Uzbekistan (9 percent).

    In addition to deliveries from Russia, there is also a subsidiary of Rosatom Uranium One, the company operates in the United States and Canada.

    Kazakhstan is the world's leading uranium producer, accounting for nearly 40 percent of global uranium production (24 tonnes of uranium in 690).

    Uranium One accounts for about 20% of these.
    In 2016, Uranium One's share in the production of six joint ventures in Kazakhstan amounted to 12,73 million pounds. U 3 O 8 (4896 tons of uranium).

    It is not clear with Australia, it produces about 6,5 thousand tons, about 12% of world production.
    Uzbekistan annually produces about 3,5 thousand tons of uranium, about 6,5% of world production).

    The demand for uranium is huge, there are 93 rectors in the country, if I understand correctly, 40 of them have been stopped. They account for 19,7% of the generated energy (as in Russia). The youngest commissioned in 1993, all available legacy from the dark era of the Cold War. Since the time of Gorbachav, not a single reactor has been built, since 2013, with varying degrees of success, attempts have been made to complete two reactors, they have not been put into operation.

    The United States was the world's leading uranium producer from 1953 to 1980, when US production peaked at 16 tons of uranium per year. Until the early 810s, uranium mines operated in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. In 1980, the United States produced 2015 tonnes of uranium concentrate

    Sounds like a problem approach. A dark shadow of degradation has covered the nuclear industry. Reactors are aging, they will inevitably be decommissioned, nothing is being built to replace them, with oil and gas, too, somehow it is not set. Remains the last hope to cover up the collapse, to pretend that all this is not interesting and in general yesterday. All together we are switching to green energy fellow
    1. shadow Offline shadow
      shadow 8 May 2021 15: 11
      See what you found.
      1. 123 Offline 123
        123 (123) 8 May 2021 17: 15
        See what you found.

        There they are talking about the supply of "weapons-grade" uranium, it was "mined" from warheads. Here is about mining and production. hi
        1. shadow Offline shadow
          shadow 8 May 2021 17: 31
          But what is the title of this article? what

          US may give up Russian uranium

          And in that article that Russia will stop supplying the United States with uranium. Do you feel the difference?
          1. 123 Offline 123
            123 (123) 8 May 2021 18: 34
            I see no contradictions. They refused to supply weapons-grade uranium, Russia no longer needs to do this. They have ruined their own production. Now they want to start import substitution and restore everything. Here we are talking about ore mining and beneficiation.
  3. Petr Vladimirovich (Peter) 7 May 2021 21: 20
    Oh! Our first Obninsk NPP is 15 kilometers from SNT.
    It's okay ... Hedgehogs, however, have disappeared somewhere, before there were a lot of them, they were just bad ... The dog is bored ...
  4. Wanderer039 Offline Wanderer039
    Wanderer039 8 May 2021 11: 26
    For a long time, the United States received Uranium from the Russian Federation almost for free, according to the agreements of the times of Judushka Gorbachev and Alkanavt Yeltsin, unprofitable for the Russian Federation, now the Yankees will have to buy Uranium at market value, which will be significantly more expensive for them
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  5. alex5450 Offline alex5450
    alex5450 (Alex L) 8 May 2021 23: 03
    They will reduce our fuel purchases while reducing the share of nuclear power. The process will drag on for 10 years.