Half life: As reprocessing sites close, industry revenue is expected to face a sharp drop

Industry operators produce nuclear fuel for use in power stations by processing new material or reprocessing spent fuel. Due to the considerable health, safety and environmental concerns associated with the industry, operators are highly regulated by both the Euratom Supply Agency and by the UK government. The industry, which is dominated by just three firms, is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 2.1% over the five years through 2018-19, to reach £1.2 billion. Revenue is estimated to grow at a compound annual rate of. However, in the current year, revenue is expected to decline by 3.6%, primarily as a result of the planned cessation of reprocessing activities at Sellafield.The Nuclear Fuel Processing industry principally handles fuel rod fabrication...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • A second successive year of revenue decline is expected, following previous strong growth
  • Although nuclear power’s reputation was hit by the Fukushima disaster, public opinion has become more positive recently
  • The UK’s forthcoming exit from Euratom has caused industry sources to express considerable concern
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Nuclear Fuel Processing industry is estimated to have a moderate level of capital intensity. Using depreciation and wage costs as proxies for capital and labour, IBISWorld estimates that operators spend an average of £5.98 on wages for every £1.00 they invest in depreciable assets. The fact that all processes need to be closely monitored makes labour an essential component.Necessary capital equipment investments include kilns and fluidised bed reactors to produce uranium hexafluoride, which is an intermediate product in the fuel processing cycle, from uranium oxide. Uranium hexafluoride is highly corrosive, particularly if it is moist. When heated, it becomes a gas suitable for use in the enrichment process. At ...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Nuclear Fuel Processing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Nuclear Fuel Processing Industry are

  • Ability to accommodate environmental requirements
  • Ability to negotiate successfully with regulator
  • Must have licence
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from electricity production and World price of uranium in the Nuclear Fuel Processing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Nuclear Fuel Processing Industry?

    Firms in this industry produce nuclear fuel for use in electricity generating plants.

    Industry Products
  • Nuclear fuel fabrication
  • Spent fuel reprocessing
  • Industry Activities
  • Production, smelting and refining of uranium
  • Producing nuclear fuel from enriched or unenriched uranium
  • Reprocessing depleted nuclear fuel
  • Enrichment of uranium
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from electricity production
  • World price of uranium
  • EUA prices
  • World price of steel

  • Current Performance
  • Losing power
  • Fukushima disaster
  • Decaying prices
  • Regulatory environment
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Slow burner
  • Core meltdown
  • Input prices
  • Table: Nuclear Fuel Processing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Nuclear Fuel Processing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Electricity Production

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Consultant Engineering Services
  • Electricity Production
  • Inorganic Basic Chemical Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Nuclear fuel fabrication
  • Spent fuel reprocessing
  • Other
  • Chart: Nuclear Fuel Processing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Electricity generation
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Nuclear Fuel Processing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitWagesPurchases and utilitiesDepreciation and other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Nuclear Fuel Processing

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Nuclear Fuel Processing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Sellafield Ltd, Urenco Limited, Springfields Fuels Limited,
  • Table: Sellafield Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Urenco Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Springfields Fuels Limited - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Nuclear Fuel Processing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Nuclear Fuel Processing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Exports (2010-2024)
  • Imports (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • A process that increases the content of isotope U-235, the cornerstone of nuclear fuel production.
  • Nuclear Fuel Rod
  • A long tube, often made of a zirconium alloy and containing uranium oxide pellets, that is stacked in bundles of about 200 to provide the fuel in certain types of nuclear reactor.
  • Yellowcake
  • Uranium oxide, which is the basic input to nuclear fuel processing.
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