Will Niger Troubles Squeeze Uranium Supply?

A general view of the previous location of the factory with the residue dump behind near Arlit on … [+] AFP via Getty Images Niger, a country in the Sahel with important uranium supplies, has been on the news since an unexpected coup d’état overthrew the nation’s president on July 26 th . Since, there have been economic sanctions and diplomatic pressure from many of its neighbours, demanding the toppled government is reinstated. Even a military intervention is on the table. Fears are growing that political troubles could cut the supply of uranium to global markets.

As we published in a previous article , Niger accounts for 5% of the world’s supply of uranium. Although this is a small figure, complications in the country could trigger a scramble between importers. Europe sources around 20% of its uranium from Niger, and it is especially important for France, a major nuclear energy […]

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