A Global Review and Analysis of the Fuel Fabrication Markets
The Ux Consulting Company (UxC) is pleased to present the 2016 Fabrication Market Outlook (FMO), which is the tenth annual edition in this series. This year's report includes a special analysis of the current status and future of MOX fuel and builds upon the significant enhancements made in past FMO editions as part of our continuing efforts to increase understanding in the global nuclear fuel fabrication marketplace.
UxC's in-house team along with consultant, Joel Gingold, with over forty years of experience in the fuel fabrication industry, have prepared this comprehensive and up-to-date report addressing the commercial, economic, institutional, and technical aspects of this sector. Fabrication's high technical content, need for regulatory approval, and the restriction of fuel assemblies to specific reactors require a unique approach to its market analysis.
To those with little knowledge of fuel fabrication and its markets, this report provides a solid background of how these markets function. To those knowledgeable in nuclear fuel fabrication fundamentals, the FMO offers analyses of a variety of its aspects based on decades of participation. To those actively involved in the nuclear fuel fabrication industry, the FMO supplies updated analysis to assist in developing, implementing, and improving nuclear fuel programs.
What's New in the 2016 FMO?
The 2016 FMO report builds on the content and format adopted in previous years, and of course, all of the discussions and analyses have been updated to reflect the events of the past 12 months, including continuing market shifts resulting from Fukushima.
This year's essay, titled "Is There MOX In Your Future", focuses on the status and future deployment (or not) of mixed-oxide uranium + plutonium (MOX) fuel throughout the world. Once considered standard practice in many parts of the world, MOX fuel utilization, has become highly controversial in several countries due to the rising cost of reprocessing and MOX fabrication, the difficulties in bringing new facilities online in many areas, and the nonproliferation safeguards and other political factors associated with MOX utilization.
We have again conducted a survey of international utility attitudes toward the fabrication market on many topics. Additional supplier insights have also been gained from research and interviews of the major fabrication vendors.
This year's demand projection is again based on the UxC Requirements Model, which takes UxC's proprietary forecasts for nuclear power growth and calculates demand on a reactor basis. The model has been refined to produce even more accurate forecasts.
As in the past, the focus of the report is fuel for Light Water Reactors (LWRs), i.e., Boiling Water Reactors (BWRs) and Pressurized Water Reactors (PWRs), including VVER designs; but we also include updated discussion of fabrication for pressurized heavy water reactors (PHWRs), gas cooled reactors in the UK (Magnox, AGR), and light water cooled, graphite moderated reactors (LGR) in Russia (e.g. RBMKs). We also now analyze the fuel market for small modular reactors (SMRs).
In addition to extending supply and demand data to 2030, our 2016 report includes specific year-by-year fabrication price forecasts to 2030, including discussion of the many factors influencing fabrication prices.
The Fabrication Market Outlook may be purchased for US$5,000.00. An order page is available for ordering this report.