The Economics of Nuclear Power

Diesendorf, Mark
December 2006
Issues;Dec2006, Issue 77, p8
The article discusses the production, distribution, consumption and management of nuclear power in Australia. It identifies the most profitable chain process of uranium mining, from the initial stage of mining the uranium ore to get the uranium oxide or the "yellowcake." It points out the issues of uranium enrichment, specifically the conversion of uranium ore to toxic gases including uranium hexafluoride, done by a company called Silex, before exporting the uranium ore to other countries. The difficulty of finding specific data in the generation of nuclear power stations, as reported to Great Britain's Sustainable Development Commission. It also presents results of analysis concerning the operational costs of maintaining a nuclear power plant.


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