Cameco to provide uranium for electricity generation in India
The contract is Cameco Inc.'s first with India which is the world's second fastest growing market for nuclear fuel. India operates 21 nuclear reactors providing 6,000 megawatts of nuclear capacity meeting about 3% of the country's electricity needs.
Another six reactors totaling 4,300 megawatts are under construction and scheduled to come online by 2017. By 2032, India expects to have 45,000 megawatts of nuclear capacity.
"This contract opens the door to a dynamic and expanding uranium market," said Tim Gitzel, Cameco's president and CEO. "Much of the long-term growth we see coming in our industry will happen in India and this emerging market is key to our strategy."
Export of Canadian uranium to India for the generation of electricity is authorized by the Canada-India Nuclear Co-operation Agreement which came into force in September 2013.
"We thank Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall whose strong support laid the groundwork for this agreement," said Gitzel. "We expect it will lead to growing trade in nuclear products and services between our nations for the generation of clean nuclear electricity." ■