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Sarasota, FL, United States, 2007/07/25 - One nuclear energy expert told StockInterview.com that Toshiba may need a deal with Kazakhstan to provide an ample supply of ‘first core’ in nuclear reactor sales.
In an exclusive interview, nuclear energy expert Charles K. Anderson told StockInterview.com, “Westinghouse will need more powder capability.” He estimated Westinghouse’s Columbia (South Carolina) fuel fabrication plant was currently running at between 90 and 92 percent capacity.
Powder-making is the first step in the fuel fabrication process after uranium has been enriched. Anderson explained, “This is typically the limiting condition on fabrication capacity.”
“If Toshiba is going to sell the new reactors and first-cores in great abundance, they’ll clearly be powder-limited,” Anderson said. “Taking into account their current commitments, it will be very tight for them to build a couple of new first-cores in Columbia.”
Anderson believes Westinghouse will have to either expand the Columbia facility or purchase UO2 powder elsewhere. “Kazakhstan would be a good source for that,” he told StockInterview.com. “They have a lot of capacity and the powder process is similar to that used in Columbia.”
Charles K. Anderson of Massachusetts-based CKA associates, has consulted for more than 125 nuclear companies, including global suppliers and utilities, and others, including the United Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rosatom, and has advised government agencies in Korea, Taiwan and the Ukraine.
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