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China struggles to secure uranium supplies after plant halted

Beijing shelved plans to build a uranium processing plant in Heshan in heavily populated Guangdong province after public protests. Photo: Reuters

The abrupt cancellation of a US$6.5 billion (HK$50.4 billion) uranium processing project in southern China has left Beijing with a headache as it tries to secure the fuel required to sustain an ambitious nuclear reactor building programme.

Wednesday, 17 July, 2013, 12:05pm

Iran nuclear deal depends on what's feasible

Iran's newly disclosed nuclear fuel facility near Qom, Iran. Photo: Reuters

There has never been a full-scale war between two nuclear-armed states. If Iran does cross the nuclear threshold, the same deterrence will apply. No rational person would want to provoke their own incineration.

2 Jan 2013 - 2:52am

Coal mines near uranium deposits spoiling value of nuclear fuel

Coal and uranium are often found in the same location, with extraction leading to the destruction of nuclear fuel. Photo: EPA

Huge newly discovered reserves of much-needed uranium are in danger of being destroyed amid a row over digging it up.

And as China's nuclear and coal sectors battle over the sites where the radioactive heavy metal lies buried, experts say the uranium is accidentally ending up in coal-fired power stations - creating radioactive ash that is falling on surrounding cities.

18 Nov 2012 - 4:44am 2 comments

Warning as supplies of uranium fall

Industry executives believe the development of more uranium mines is needed to meet demand in the next decade as global supply from known mining projects is insufficient and the supply of used uranium for recycling is dwindling.

16 May 2011 - 12:00am

Nuclear needs drive quest for overseas uranium rights

China is looking to buy uranium mining and exploration rights overseas, particularly in East Asia and Africa, to satisfy its ever-increasing demand for ore as the country steps up installation of nuclear power plants, a senior energy official says.

But hasty acquisitions overseas could be difficult and risky, industry sources said.

31 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Beijing may open up uranium industry

Beijing is considering opening up the uranium exploration and mining sector, now controlled by the two state nuclear power groups, to other state-owned firms, according to government officials.

The move would speed up the development of domestic resources to meet rapidly growing demand from the nation's ambitious nuclear power expansion programme.

7 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Activist is denied medical attention

Sun Xiaodi harassed since winning award

An environmental activist who won international acclaim for exposing a radiation poisoning scandal in Gansu province has been denied medical treatment in Beijing for a potentially life-threatening tumour and is subject to constant harassment, a human rights group said yesterday.

4 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Silent killer lurking?

The debate over the use of depleted uranium (DU) ammunition - fired during the Gulf War and during the conflicts in Bosnia and Kosovo - is likely to become increasingly bitter now it has emerged that the potential health risks have been known by at least one government for years.

7 Jan 2001 - 12:00am

Canberra urged to ease uranium curbs

AUSTRALIA will lose billions of dollars in economic benefits unless the government loosens restrictions on the uranium industry, an economic think-tank says.

5 Sep 1994 - 12:00am