10.7 C
London
Friday, May 24, 2024

Niger. Lack of uranium supplies from Niger does not threaten electricity production in the EU – Euratom position

Must read

- Advertisement -


If Niger, which suffered a military coup last week, cut off supplies of uranium, there would be no immediate threat to the European Union’s electricity production, the European nuclear agency Euratom said on Tuesday. Niger was the EU’s second-largest supplier of natural uranium last year, Euratom reported.

The French company Orano, which operates uranium mines in the West African country, said last week that its operations were continuing despite the coup d’état.

Orano reiterated on Tuesday that operations are continuing despite plans France regarding the evacuation of their citizens, claiming that 99% of of its staff in this country are nationals Nigeria.

Safe in the short term

- Advertisement -

Euratom told Reuters that Niger was the second largest supplier of natural uranium to the European Union last year.

The agency also said that EU countries have enough uranium stockpiles to power nuclear reactors for three years.

“If imports from Niger are reduced, there is no imminent threat to the security of nuclear power production in the short term,” Euratom said in a statement sent to Reuters.

Coup in Niger

A military coup took place in Niger on Wednesday night, overthrowing democratically elected President Mohamed Bazoum.

Mohamed BazoumJEROME LABEUR/EPA/PAP

France has suspended financial aid to Niger, following the example of the European Union and the United States, reminds French radio RFI.

Main photo source: PAP/EPA/ISSIFOU DJIBO



Source link

More articles

- Advertisement -

Latest article