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Uranium
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Uranium Demand

The WNA reports that there are 439 nuclear reactors operable in 30 countries as of January 1, 2016. These reactors can generate 382.5 gigawatts of electricity and supply over 11% of the world's electrical requirements. As of January 1, 2016, 66 nuclear reactors are under construction in 14 countries with the principal drivers of this expansion being China (24 reactors under construction), Russia (8), India (6), the United States (5), South Korea (4) and UAE (4). Based on the most recent statistics from the WNA, there are a total of 224 reactors that are either under construction, or planned around the world, and an additional 330 reactors that are proposed, with the potential to be operating by 2030.

According to UxC, in its "Uranium Market Outlook - Q4 2015" (the "Q4 Outlook"), global nuclear power capacities are projected to increase by 44%, from 376.6 gigawatts in 2015 to 540.6 gigawatts in 2030. Of the net growth in nuclear generation capacities, China accounts for 64% while India, Korea and Russia collectively make up a further 24%. The Q4 Outlook also estimates that uranium demand could grow by over 48% to as high as 266.8 million pounds U3O8 by 2030 from an estimated 179.3 million pounds of U3O8 in 2015.  
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