ADVANCE Act Boosts Nuclear Energy Industry, Need for Uranium Sources

Written by

Robin Lefferts

Published on

Jul 02, 2024

Last updated

Jul 02, 2024

The United States Congress recently passed the bipartisan Accelerating Deployment of Versatile, Advanced Nuclear for Clean Energy (ADVANCE) Act, and the bill is expected to be signed by President Biden. It is intended to encourage and manage development of new nuclear power projects as the US seeks to create carbon-free energy sources. Considering the bill in tandem with several programs recently launched by the White House, it is clear the US is committed to responsibly advancing nuclear power as a clean alternative to fossil fuel based energy production.


America is not alone, as nuclear projects are being developed across the globe at a record pace. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) publishes yearly estimates of nuclear power growth over the next few decades. The most recent report anticipates 25% more nuclear energy capacity installed by 2050 than the one just three years prior, in 2020. The high case scenario now sees global nuclear capacity increasing 141% by 2050. The low case scenario puts the increase at 24% by 2050.


“Climate change is a big driver, but so is security of energy supply,” IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said in describing the reasons for the improved outlook. “Many countries are extending the lifetime of their existing reactors, considering or launching construction of advanced reactor designs and looking into small modular reactors (SMRs), including for applications beyond the production of electricity.”


Canada is moving forward with an aggressive expansion plan of its own. John Wilkinson, the country’s Energy and Natural Resources Minister, recently pledged that the government would expedite the approval process for new nuclear projects (including uranium mining projects) without bypassing the necessary environmental reviews. 


The economic effect of just a few new reactors is not small. A recent study by the Conference Board of Canada found that the construction of a four unit nuclear power plant would boost the country’s GDP by more than US$66 billion, with the construction phase alone generating the equivalent of 20,000 full time, well-paying jobs. These economic numbers, combined with carbon-free electricity and an ever-increasing level of safety in the industry, mean nuclear energy development is only going to grow over the coming years.


But what does it take to fuel a nuclear reactor? Uranium. And that market has been going wild over the last few years due to supply constraints and increasing demand. Fortunately for the Western world and its allies, Canada is currently the world’s second largest producer of uranium. In particular, the Athabasca Basin is home to the world’s largest high-grade uranium deposits, featuring grades up to 100 times greater than the average global ore deposits. The Athabasca Basin covers about 39,000 square miles, mostly in northern Saskatchewan. There are three uranium mines operating there currently, with three more proposed projects in various stages of review.


Still, Canada is encouraging further uranium exploration. Both the federal and provincial governments are offering tax incentives and credits to companies developing prospective uranium deposits. There is plenty of room in the market for future projects and a robust domestic supply of uranium is a matter of national security.


A Promising Start


One company to keep an eye on in the region is Stallion Uranium Corp. (TSX.V: STUD) (OTCQB: STLNF) (FSE: FE0). Stallion Uranium has assembled one of the largest land packages in the southwestern region of the Athabasca Basin, historically less explored than the more developed eastern area but home to several recent discoveries. Stallion used airborne electromagnetic surveys to identify seven named project areas across its 3,000+ square kilometers of claims.


The company recently drilled three exploratory holes in one of the most promising areas of the Coffer Project, called the Appaloosa Target. Each hole intersected anomalous radioactivity, and Stallion has a good idea from the results and the geology of the area where to focus next. With the Shea Creek Project and its indicated/inferred resource of 95 million lbs. of uranium just 13 km away and sitting on similar underground structures, the company feels optimistic about its chances for a discovery.


Figure 1 – Cross section of CF24-003. The figure is an interpretation of the geological structure that includes an example of an Unconformity Type Deposit similar to Shea Creek


“Stallion’s maiden drill program was a big step towards a discovery hole for the company. We now know the location of the targeted structure, we know the structure is fertile from anomalous radioactivity in all 3 drill holes, we know the structure is large enough to host a significant deposit, and we know where to target next,” said Stallion CEO, Drew Zimmerman.


This is the company’s first shot, having acquired the claims about a year and a half ago, and the next drill holes will go a long way toward knowing whether it’s a success or not. But there are many more chances at discovery for Stallion, both on the Coffer Project and across its expansive and promising claim package. The demand is not going to go away, and for those in search of large upside potential Stallion’s ~$7 million market cap points the way toward plenty of headroom should one or more of these areas hold a significant uranium deposit.



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