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April 11, 2024 – TradeTech President Treva Klingbiel Highlights Uranium Price Trend & Market Developments in Keynote Address for PI Financial Uranium Investors Forum

March 25, 2024 – TradeTech’s Treva Klingbiel Participates in enCore Energy’s Inaugural Investor Day

March 21, 2024 – Bloomberg: Uranium’s 22% Price Plunge Is Bottoming Out on Nuclear Future

November 15, 2023 – TradeTech President Treva Klingbiel Delivers Keynote Address for Global Uranium Conference 2023

August 18, 2023 – Unmasking Market Dynamics: Uranium’s Rollercoaster Ride

June 6, 2023 – TradeTech President Treva Klingbiel Addresses WNFM International Conference

May 17, 2023 – TradeTech President Treva Klingbiel Joins PI Financial Uranium Webinar to Present Uranium Market Update

May 12, 2023 – TradeTech’s Luminita Grancea Joins IAEA Panel to Discuss “Uranium for a Sustainable Future”

April 20, 2023 – WNFC 2023 Panel Moderated by TradeTech President Treva Klingbiel

Oct 27, 2022 – PI Financial Hosts Uranium Fireside Chat with Uranium and Nuclear Industry Expert TradeTech

Oct 17, 2022 – TradeTech President Treva Klingbiel Serves as Moderator for NEI Panel

Jun 7, 2022 – TradeTech President Treva Klingbiel Joins WNFM Panel Discussion

Apr 27, 2022 – TradeTech President Treva Klingbiel Moderates WNFC Session: Uranium Mining – Today & Tomorrow

Nov 3, 2021 – TradeTech President Treva Klingbiel Presents "Global Uranium Market & Fundamentals" for the 57th Meeting of the Joint OECD/NEA-IAEA Uranium Group Meeting

Feb 4, 2021 – TradeTech President Treva Klingbiel Presents “Investing Beyond Today’s Impasse” for Shaw and Partners Uranium Conference

April 11, 2024 - TradeTech President Treva Klingbiel Highlights Uranium Price Trend & Market Developments in Keynote Address for PI Financial Uranium Investors Forum
In the keynote address for the PI Financial Uranium Investors Forum in Toronto, TradeTech President Treva Klingbiel stated that the spot uranium price has trended upward for the last several years, showing notable volatility along the way, which has reflected the diverse interests, expectations, and externalities at play in the market at particular points in time.

She explained that factors behind the overall rise in prices include an existing supply deficit; and increased spot market buying by producers, physical funds, and other intermediaries; as well as the long lead times associated with bringing new uranium mining projects into production. And all of this is happening in a global environment defined by geopolitical unrest; increasing demand related to climate change initiatives; and uncertainty surrounding Russian nuclear fuel imports, as several draft bills await action in the US Congress.
Klingbiel remarked that whether from a global or Western market perspective, uranium requirements are growing and so is the supply deficit, which is drawing more attention to emerging production and the companies developing new mining projects today.
Klingbiel also participated in a panel discussion during the Forum that focused on the current uranium price environment, and the closing panel for the event, which discussed nuclear technology, small modular reactors, and advanced reactors. [top]

March 25, 2024 - TradeTech’s Treva Klingbiel Participates in enCore Energy’s Inaugural Investor Day
US uranium producer enCore Energy Corp. rang the Nasdaq Opening Bell in New York City on March 25, 2024, which was followed by the company’s first Annual Investor Day.

TradeTech President Treva Klingbiel provided the opening address for the Investor Day event, entitled “Uranium: Fueling the Future.” Her presentation highlighted recent developments and some of the key factors influencing the uranium market, including geopolitical unrest, increasing demand related to climate change initiatives, and uncertainty surrounding Russian nuclear fuel exports, which have increased the attention on domestic and geopolitically friendly sources of uranium supply. enCore Energy’s Investor Day video presentation is available at:[top]

March 21, 2024 - Bloomberg: Uranium’s 22% Price Plunge Is Bottoming Out on Nuclear Future
Bloomberg’s Maria Clara Cobo reported on uranium market prices, which despite a 22 percent decline over six weeks, has industry experts and analysts saying that the uranium market has likely set a new floor thanks to a strong demand outlook.

Treva Klingbiel, president of uranium price reporter and industry consultant TradeTech, said she doesn’t see demand for nuclear fuel easing any time soon. “We have a number of geopolitical factors that have a really significant influence on buyer behavior, even though fundamentally nothing has changed” she said. “Buyers can use the spot [market price] to tell them the sentiment of the day but must look at the long-term market to see that it is marching steadily up, it hasn’t taken a hiccup at all."  [top]

November 15, 2023 - TradeTech President Treva Klingbiel Delivers Keynote Address for Global Uranium Conference 2023
TradeTech President Treva Klingbiel provided a review of today’s uranium and nuclear fuel markets in her keynote presentation for the Global Uranium Conference 2023 in Adelaide, South Australia, which focused on key factors influencing uranium prices, demand, production, and buying behavior, as well as trends in government policy affecting the global nuclear energy industry.

Klingbiel noted that prices for nuclear fuel, including U3O8, are up significantly. As of October 31, 2023, TradeTech’s uranium spot price had risen 43 percent in the last year, and 150 percent in the last three years. “Today, our Uranium Spot Price Indicator is at its highest level since January 2008. And long-term prices have climbed to historical highs, as well,” she said.

The current rise in market prices is rooted in several developments, including increased demand for uranium related to growing support for nuclear power globally. Governments that are advancing legislation to mitigate the effects of climate change through carbon reduction now often include funding for existing nuclear power plants, advanced nuclear power reactor designs, and domestic supplies of nuclear fuel.

Notably, policy makers are recognizing that nuclear power can contribute in a meaningful way to reducing carbon emissions while also increasing energy security. And, public support for nuclear power is increasing, as well, Klingbiel explained.

“Today, the market has not only been upset by the shift in prevailing policies, but also by a shift from supply surplus to supply deficit, due in no small part to the disciplined actions of some of the largest suppliers. And, lastly, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which has realigned the market. The nuclear fuel market has more than bifurcated, it has splintered into an asymmetrical arrangement of suppliers, buyers, and speculators arranged by alliances,” Klingbiel said. [top]

August 18, 2023 - Unmasking Market Dynamics: Uranium’s Rollercoaster Ride
The uranium market, known for its twists and turns, has been on a rollercoaster ride in recent times. Fluctuations in uranium prices have caught the attention of investors, energy enthusiasts, and analysts alike. This article takes a deep dive into the complex interplay of factors that have driven these price shifts. From supply-demand dynamics to geopolitical tensions and market evolution, we unravel the forces that shape the uranium market, impacting the decisions of various stakeholders.

The heart of uranium’s volatility lies in the delicate equilibrium between supply and demand. As global efforts to transition towards cleaner energy intensify, nuclear power emerges as a viable option. This resurgence in interest has triggered a demand surge, yet supply struggles to keep pace. Geopolitical tensions in key uranium-producing regions have led to disruptions, contributing to supply uncertainties. Moreover, the lengthy process of ramping up production further compounds the challenge, creating a precarious balance between what’s needed and what’s available.

As seen in a recent press release, the uranium market has surged, with TradeTech’s Long-Term Uranium Price Indicator reaching a ten-year high of $57.75 per pound U3O8 in July. This rise aligns with the nuclear power sector’s global efforts to enhance energy security and meet climate goals. Alongside this, there are concerns about potential supply issues due to production delays and rising costs. TradeTech’s monthly uranium Production Cost Indicator also rose by 0.2 percent to $55.30 per pound U3O8 on July 31, marking a 5 percent increase compared to the previous year. This increase hints at the likelihood of upcoming market volatility.

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June 6, 2023 - TradeTech President Treva Klingbiel Addresses WNFM International Conference
TradeTech President Treva Klingbiel was invited to speak at the World Nuclear Fuel Market international conference held in Ljubljana, Slovenia on June 4-6, 2023, where her presentation focused on uranium supply. Her presentation—entitled “Future Uranium Supply – How Secure Is It?”—reviewed the uranium market over the past year and where the uranium industry is today, while asking if it is ready for increased future demand as the world looks to nuclear power for sustainable, low-carbon power.

Klingbiel noted that leading into 2022, the uranium market had already identified a structural supply deficit, which was the result of several years of underinvestment in uranium project development. “That existing supply deficit widened in the wake of increased buying by producers themselves, uncertainty around the timing of much needed emerging production, and increased buying among physical funds,” she said.

However, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine amplified an existing situation where the supply/demand balance in each stage of the nuclear fuel cycle was tipping precariously toward, or as in the case of uranium, was already in, deficit. Since then, what the market has seen is a notable decline in interest among utilities to take on any added exposure to Russian nuclear fuel exports. And this shift has occurred as the prospect of formal sanctions looms over the market in several jurisdictions, Klingbiel explained. “While the world is witnessing an historic level of policy support for nuclear power that has emerged in several countries over the past couple of years, the established uranium supply base is shrinking. Therefore, we need to see emerging projects move from development into production,” Klingbiel said. [top]

May 17, 2023 - Treva Klingbiel Joins PI Financial Uranium Webinar to Present Uranium Market Update
TradeTech President Treva Klingbiel provided a presentation covering recent developments in the uranium market during a webinar hosted by PI Financial on May 17, 2023 ( Klingbiel set the stage for the discussion with an overview of TradeTech’s uranium spot price, which recorded historical levels of volatility in 2022, reaching a peak of 47 percent last year and since leveling off at around 29 percent. There has been an even more notable long-term upward trend in the spot price, which has nearly doubled in the last two years.

"We’ve seen support for nuclear power re-emerge in some of the world’s largest markets, which has manifested in two categories: first, policy frameworks that allow for secured capital to flow to new and existing nuclear power programs, and subsidies that include nuclear power as part of initiatives that aim to create carbon-free economies and energy independent programs," Klingbiel said. Notably, policy developments in support of nuclear power come at a time when the nuclear fuel market is faced with a structural supply deficit.

"Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has fundamentally altered the uranium market and it has amplified an existing situation where the supply/demand balance in each stage of the fuel cycle was tipping toward, or was already in, deficit. These developments underscore what we’ve been forecasting since the invasion--that there will be a redrawing of alliances, commitments, and the supply chains, especially surrounding those that impact nuclear fuel. While sanctions against nuclear fuel imports have yet to emerge, there has been a shift in priorities among many buyers from “price first” and more toward “security of supply,” and in some cases even reaches to the level of national security factors," Klingbiel explained.  [top]

May 12, 2023 - TradeTech’s Luminita Grancea Joins IAEA Panel to Discuss “Uranium for a Sustainable Future”

Luminita Grancea, Director, Policy & Strategy for TradeTech, joined a panel for the International Symposium on Uranium Raw Material for the Nuclear Fuel Cycle, hosted by the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria on May 8-12, 2023. Grancea’s presentation, “Uranium for a Sustainable Future,” focused on global prospects for nuclear power and the associated uranium requirements.

Grancea noted that capital investments in nuclear technology grew more than 9,000 percent between 2015 and 2022, as interest in large reactors, as well as small modular reactors and advanced reactor designs, continued to gain momentum amid security of energy supply and national and regional commitments to climate goals. She added that all available low-carbon technologies need to be deployed to reach climate targets and nuclear has a role to play. Demand for uranium is projected to be high as it contributes to achieving the “energy transition.”  [top]

April 20, 2023 - WNFC 2023 Panel Moderated by TradeTech President Treva Klingbiel
TradeTech President Treva Klingbiel introduced a panel of nuclear fuel industry executives who shared their thoughts on uranium market dynamics during the World Nuclear Fuel Cycle 2023 conference in The Hague, the Netherlands on April 20. Klingbiel noted that as the uranium market enters 2023, it is beset by paradoxes. Uranium sales in the term market last year reached record highs, yet the term price remains steadily below the expected cost of new production in the Prime Contracting Period; the fundamentals in the uranium market indicate a deepening supply deficit, yet uranium equity prices are often under downward pressure, subject to inflation and rising interest rates; and both private and public capital is flowing to nuclear power, yet with a few bright exceptions there are few new reactor projects underway in the world’s largest nuclear fuel markets.

What this amounts to in financial terms is a sector with a great deal of promise. And while returns on investment over the last year or so have been unremarkable, returns over the last three to five years have been significant. And this is where the underlying truth of the nuclear fuel markets emerges: nuclear is a long game, it takes years to build reactors and uranium mines, returns on investments are rarely immediate, and the market tends to react to developments over years, not months or quarters. [top]

Oct 27, 2022 - PI Financial Hosts Uranium Fireside Chat with Uranium and Nuclear Industry Expert TradeTech
Vancouver-based investment dealer PI Financial Corp. hosted a “Uranium Fireside Chat” in an online forum on October 27, which featured TradeTech President Treva Klingbiel as the keynote speaker.

The conversation between PI Financial’s Chris Thompson and Ms. Klingbiel covered a range of relevant topics related to the nuclear fuel cycle, including a review of the looming uranium supply deficit and regional nuclear power policies and growth, as well as views on today’s uranium conversion, enrichment, and fabrication sectors.

Klingbiel noted while discussing the current geopolitical impacts on the uranium market that the uranium market is bifurcating. “By law or by choice, commercial entities are distancing themselves from Russian exports and, as a result, this could lead to both the supply and demand sectors transitioning into separate markets defined by national interests,” she stated.

A recording of the online event is available at:  [top]

Oct 17, 2022 - TradeTech President Treva Klingbiel Serves as Moderator for NEI Panel
TradeTech President Treva Klingbiel served as the moderator for the opening session of the International Uranium Fuel Seminar, hosted by the Nuclear Energy Institute in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 16-18, 2022.

The session focused on the global growth in nuclear power generation and included presentations on US nuclear power plant uprates and license extensions, as well as a review of South Korea's updated energy policy that will see nuclear power continue to support the nation's energy security and net-zero carbon goals. A presentation by the Nuclear Innovation Alliance looked at the future of small modular and advanced reactors in the future global energy mix.

Another seminar session featured speakers from the North American uranium mining community and provided notable insights into the challenges and opportunities associated with the (re) emerging uranium supply sector today.  [top]

Jun 7, 2022 - TradeTech President Treva Klingbiel Joins WNFM Panel Discussion
TradeTech President Treva Klingbiel joined a high-level panel of nuclear utility and uranium mining executives during the 48th annual World Nuclear Fuel Market conference in Montreal, Canada, on June 7, where the discussion focused on strategies to manage the new paradigm in today's nuclear fuel market.

The landscape of the uranium market continues to evolve and new challenges, including inflation and higher interest rates, as well as the geopolitical uncertainty related to Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine and the associated calls for sanctions, have led to security of supply issues and transportation challenges. This has led many buyers to review their procurement strategies.
Klingbiel noted that inflation will affect everyone in the market and will include not only the cost of production, but the cost of mining materials. When discussing long-term supply, the panel agreed there is little concern about uranium supply in the next five to 10 years; however, beyond this time frame there is a concern. Klingbiel stated that TradeTech's analysis shows a "pinch point" in the 2027-2028 period when a single delay to any of the mining projects planned during that period could be critical to the market.  [top]

Apr 27, 2022 - TradeTech President Treva Klingbiel Moderates WNFC Session: Uranium Mining – Today & Tomorrow
TradeTech President Treva Klingbiel served as the moderator for a session during the World Nuclear Fuel Cycle conference in London on April 27, 2022, which focused on uranium mining in today’s market and the challenges that lie ahead.

While opening the session Klingbiel noted, “We face an unprecedented time ahead of us. We face both incredible challenges and opportunities given where we are in the marketplace, both with the need for new nuclear and the expectations and realization that we need it, and we face a supply deficit. In addition, we have outsized geopolitical events that are really overshadowing and can impact much of the nuclear fuel cycle."
Speakers on the session panel, which included Cameco CEO Tim Gitzel, Orano Mining CEO Nicolas Maes, and Askar Batyrbayev, Chief Commercial Officer of NAC Kazatomprom JSC, noted the global uranium market has not yet been impacted by recent geopolitical events. However, they agreed that the longer-term future is uncertain, but the industry can bring capacity online to avoid any shortages.  [top]

Nov 3, 2021 - TradeTech President Treva Klingbiel Presents "Global Uranium Market & Fundamentals" for the 57th Meeting of the Joint OECD/NEA-IAEA Uranium Group Meeting
As the global energy mix shifts, and nuclear power makes its case as a source of carbon-free baseload power, the international nuclear fuel cycle industry will continue to face its unique challenges, some enduring and some temporary, TradeTech President Treva E. Klingbiel noted during a presentation for the OECD/NEW-IAEA joint virtual meeting today.


Spot uranium prices have reached historical levels of volatility recently, owing largely to buying by producers and funds such as the recently launched Sprott Physical Uranium Trust (SPUT). "One of the reasons for the recent rise in spot prices is a widespread recognition that a fundamental structural supply deficit exists in the uranium market," Klingbiel noted.

Given the current global sentiment and recognition around the need for nuclear to be a part of the energy mix, higher demand for uranium could come into play as early as 2024, reflecting a much more positive outlook concerning Japanese reactor restarts, expansion in France, and in the UK for instance. On the supply side, there is a clear supply gap, which is rooted in the reduced revenues among many suppliers that impacted investment into the development of future supply in the post-Fukushima period. And, new interest from Yellow Cake plc, SPUT, and many other newly minted physical holding companies has compounded the deficit. "This sizable gap between the availability of primary production derived from existing mines, versus the need for new production as defined by both existing and forward-looking requirements, highlights my key message today. We can see that the world needs new uranium mines to be commissioned in the first half of this decade. And our analysis tells us that the evolving deficit between supply and demand requires that new uranium production be under construction in the first half of the decade," Klingbiel stated.

Uranium producers and developers will continue to reduce costs, optimize their production, and innovate in an effort to increase their competitiveness relative to their peers. The demand side will innovate as, well, especially now that supportive policies are emerging in light of carbon-reduction goals. And, the uranium market likely continue to see the investment community take various positions, some short-term and some long-term, some capitalizing on the supply deficit, as with Yellow Cake plc and SPUT, and some on the demand side, with investments in newer generating technologies.  [top]

Feb 4, 2021 - TradeTech President Treva Klingbiel Presents “Investing Beyond Today’s Impasse” for Shaw and Partners Uranium Conference
While prevailing uranium price levels might best be characterized as sentiment-driven, the prevailing sentiment for some time in the market has been uncertainty, TradeTech President Treva Klingbiel said during a presentation for the Shaw and Partners Uranium Conference today.

However, there is reason for optimism. Today, the number of nuclear reactors under construction globally is 52. Combined with existing reactors in operation today, this equates to nearly 19,000 reactor-years of operation. The number of new uranium mines under construction today is zero. Consequently, “the world does need new uranium mines, and the necessity for nuclear utilities to maintain a diverse supply portfolio has rarely been more critical than it is today,” Klingbiel noted.

Disruptive times tend to foster greater technological innovation, which will not only contribute to a realignment of costs and prices, but help secure uranium supply well into the future. “Technology and innovation represent a viable conduit for the uranium production sector to develop and implement new approaches and processes to realize mineral resource opportunities while improving environmental performance and meeting social expectations,” she added.  [top]