Long Term Power
The Global X Uranium ETF offers exposure to uranium mining companies worldwide, with the vast majority of mined uranium being used in the nuclear energy industry. While the nuclear industry faces uncertainty in the near term, it remains a critical base load energy source that utility companies must draw upon to meet the energy needs of their customers.
Base Load Energy - Nuclear power is a key base load energy source, which is the minimum amount that a power plant must produce to meet utility needs. Unlike solar and wind power, nuclear energy is not dependent on weather conditions.
Efficient Fuel - A single 7-gram uranium fuel pellet contains as much energy as 341 kilograms of natural gas, 807 kilograms of coal or 497 kilograms of oil
(World Nuclear Association, 2012).
Long Term Power
Low Input Cost - The cost of fuel accounts for just 31% of the total electric power production cost in a nuclear reactor (compared to 88% for a natural gas fired facility and 78% for a coal fired facility), suggesting that higher prices for uranium would have relatively less impact on end demand (US Energy Information Administration, '12).
Low-Emission Fuel - Greenhouse gas emissions from nuclear energy are a small fraction compared to traditional energy sources, equivalent to 3% of coal emissions, 4% of oil emissions and 5% of natural gas emissions (World Nuclear Association, 2012).
Emerging Market Growth
Reactor Construction - China, India and Russia have a combined 46 nuclear reactors under construction and 86 currently in planning stages (World Nuclear Association, April 2013).
Urbanization - The World Energy Outlook 2012 finds that nearly 1.3 billion people worldwide do not have access to electricity. Global electricity demand will continue to grow and is likely to touch almost 32,000 TWh by 2035 - over half of this increase will come from China and India alone, which are both investing heavily in nuclear power. (IEA)
Supply Gap - Recovery of uranium prices after 2003 led to significant activity in new mine construction. Projected world uranium demand will be about 189 million pounds in 2015, most of which will be supplied directly from mines. However, by 2030 the demand will grow to 356 million pounds, while mine production will be only 252 million pounds. The increasing number of nuclear reactors and reduction in new mine investment could increase the supply gap dramatically. (World Nuclear Association, 2012)
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