One country making major moves in the uranium space hasn't been getting as much attention as it probably should. That country is Russia. Here David Talbot of Dundee Capital Markets explains why investors should be paying attention to the country.
The uranium price has slowly but surely started to rebound, with global catalysts such as reactor restarts in Japan, deals with India and new construction in China being some of the main forces investors expect will bring it back up. However, with attention focused on those key drivers, one country making major moves in the space hasn't been getting as much attention as it probably should. That country is Russia. David Talbot of Dundee Capital Markets believes that Russia's influence will likely become more and more important as it continues to build aggressively worldwide. In fact, he believes Russia is an underappreciated factor that will likely prove to be just as important to the uranium market as new builds in China and India. It's not hard to see why he thinks that. Rosatom, the country's state-owned nuclear energy company, currently has 29 reactors in various stages of planning and construction in over a dozen countries. That's the largest number of reactors being built internationally, and in total the country's participation in the uranium industry accounts for about 30 percent of new construction. "The Russians are building one-third of all the power plants globally, and they are coming into these developed nations," Talbot told Resource Investing News by phone. "They are not only teaching them how to set up regulations, but they are financing them, building them — they are going to provide them [with] uranium, [then] take the uranium away at the end of the day. So the Russians are becoming the one-stop shop, and they are doing it aggressively."