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Reuters: China interested in building nuclear plant in East Africa

Reuters reports: China wants to help build nuclear power generation in East Africa, uranium mining and investment company IBI Corp said in a statement after meeting Chinese officials in Beijing, revealing China's undimmed appetite for overseas nuclear expansion despite the Japanese nuclear crisis this year. IBI, which has uranium-prospective land in Uganda, said its director, A.J. Coffman, held an "encouraging meeting... with the relatively new umbrella organization overseeing China's research and development of Generation 3 and Generation 4 nuclear power plant designs."

Uranium predicted to recover, yet short sellers remain active

Data Explorers reports the prediction of recovery of the uranium sector. The market news is quoted as saying: The Fukushima disaster caused the largest fall in the price of uranium for two years, yet a floor may have been reached as aggressive nuclear plans announced by China and India will double global uranium production, according to Bloomberg.

Hathor Exploration doubles Roughrider uranium deposit

Hathor Exploration has released a new resource estimate that effectively doubles its uranium deposit in Saskatchewan's Athabasca Basin. The company said Tuesday it has identified over 30 million pounds of uranium oxide (inferred) at the East Zone of the property. That works out to 118,000 tonnes of U308 graded at 11.58%. According to the technical report, exploration consisted of a 21-hole drilling program, with about 368 sample intervals assayed for U308 and other metals, including arsenic, cobalt, copper, molybdenum, nickel and selenium. Image of mineralization in drill core, Far East Zone, by Hathor Exploration Limited

Paladin enjoys record revenues, sees no impact from Fukushima

In results released on Friday, Australia’s Paladin Energy showed a 47% increase in production from its Namibian and Malawian operations and record revenues of $208.7m on the back of a 31% increase in sales volumes for the nine months to March. The company said despite the concerns about the nuclear energy market following the tsunami damage to Japan’s Fukushima plant, it believes supply and demand imbalances will only widen in future as more plants, such as the 25 under construction in China, come on stream. Paladin is on an aggressive growth drive. Stage 3 of the expansion of its Langer Heinrich mine that would bring capacity to 5.2m lb is 92% complete and in February 2011 the company announced that it completed its acquisition of the uranium assets of Aurora Energy in Labrador, Canada for C$260.8m.

Uranium Energy Corp to acquire a large uranium project in Paraguay

Uranium Energy Corp (NYSE-AMEX: UEC) is pleased to announce that, effective May 11, 2011, the Company has entered into a Share Exchange Agreement with a Nevada company hereby the Company is acquiring a Paraguayan company which holds a 100% legal and beneficial interest in two unencumbered prospecting permits covering 247,000 acres located in the area of Coronel Oviedo, Paraguay, subject to a gross overriding royalty. The total purchase price for the Paraguayan company is the issuance of 225,000 restricted common shares in the capital of the Company. Image by Uranium Energy Corp.

Uranium Resources puts production on hold

Uranium Resources does not expect to return to production in Texas in 2011 given current uranium pricing, unfavourable sales contracts and less than lucrative resources that are available. Uranium Resources made the statement in its 2011 first quarter update on Thursday. Instead the company is focused on reclamation activities in Texas since its two remaining operating wellfields were fully depleted in June 2009.

Uranium One breezes through Fukushima crisis

Toronto- and Johannesburg-listed Uranium One, which boasts the lowest production costs in its industry, has reported record quarterly revenue, of USD 101.9m, for first-quarter 2011, based on sales of 1.7m pounds of uranium at average sales prices of USD 61/lb, and total cash costs of just USD 14/lb.

No impact from Namiba policy shift expected – Paladin

Uranium miner Paladin Energy believes it will not be affected by planned changes in Namibia's policy on ownership of strategic minerals after the government said existing licenses would not be affected. "Paladin has welcomed this clarification, which removes any uncertainty over its operations in Namibia," the company said in a statement to the Australian Securities Exchange.

Cameco profit down from $143 million to $91 million in Q1

Cameco announced Q1 results on Friday. Net earnings came in at $91 million compared to $143 million a year ago. The company said the decline was due to lower earnings at all its electricity, uranium and fuel services businesses and an increase in average cost of product sold. The company said production volumes were 23% lower this quarter due to lower production at McArthur River/Key Lake.