The top 5 ASX uranium stocks to watch
With concerns over climate change mounting, nuclear power could soon emerge as a widely accepted form of clean energy. Here are five of the top ASX-listed uranium stocks to watch.
ASX-listed uranium stocks could emerge as solid investment picks if nuclear power becomes a publicly acceptable alternative to the fossil fuels that drive climate change.
Nuclear energy has long received a bad rap due to concerns about its potentially disastrous impact on the environment, as well as the ability for its raw materials to be used in weapons of mass destruction.
Public acceptance of nuclear energy could be on track to change, however, particularly amidst mounting concern over the adverse impacts of climate change.
Advocates of nuclear power point to it as a safe and effective form of clean energy when properly deployed using the latest modern technologies. Nuclear power has the advantage of being available under all weather conditions, unlike solar or wind power, whose inconsistent reliability requires large-scale storage solutions.
In the United States, nuclear energy is currently the largest source of clean power and accounts for more than half of the country’s emissions-free electricity. It generates almost 800 million kilowatt hours of electricity each year, cutting down on over 470 million metric tons of carbon emissions.
Should nuclear power emerge as a publicly acceptable form of clean energy, this will provide a major boost to uranium stocks involved in the production and processing of the sector’s critical raw materials.
Australian investors seeking to capitalise upon the potential rise of nuclear power can do so via a number of uranium stocks listed on the ASX.
Here is a list of five of the best ASX-listed uranium stocks:
2. Boss Energy
3. Deep Yellow
1. Paladin Energy (ASX:PDN)
Perth-headquartered Paladin Energy holds a 75% stake in Namibia's Langer Heinrich uranium mine, which is considered to be a globally significant source of uranium. The asset has already produced over 40 million pounds of the uranium compound triuranium octoxide over the past decade and is on track to produce more than 76 million pounds in future.
Paladin put operations at Langer Heinrich on care and maintenance in May 2018, during a period of low prices for uranium. The company says it is now ready to resume production within the right uranium pricing environment.
2. Boss Energy (ASX:BOE)
Perth-based Boss Energy is the 100% owner of the Honeymoon Uranium Project in South Australia, which has the potential to produce up to 2.4 million pounds of triuranium octoxide per annum over a Life of Mine (LOM) of plus-10 years.
A 2021 feasibility study found that Honeymoon could enjoy ‘extremely robust margins’, particularly given that contract prices for uranium are now around the high US$30’s per pound.
Honeymoon is already home to a fully permitted uranium mine equipped with $170 million of established infrastructure and a plant in good condition.
3. Deep Yellow (ASX:DYL)
Uranium explorer Deep Yellow has accumulated a diverse portfolio of projects as part of its dual-pillar strategy to establish a multi-mine company with production of more than 10+Mlb per annum.
This portfolio encompasses exploration, early-stage and advanced-stage uranium projects across a range of geographic areas, including Omahola and Tumas in Namibia, Mulga Rock in Western Australia and Alligator in the Northern Territory.
Deep Yellow claims to be the only ASX-listed company with two advanced projects in development – Tumas and Mulga Rock.
4. Bannerman Energy (ASX: BMN)
Bannerman’s flagship asset is the Etango Project in the Erongo Region of Namibia, whose tenements possess a globally large-scale uranium resource.
According to Bannerman, the Etango Uranium Project possesses 207 Mlbs of contained triuranium octoxide, making it one of the world’s largest untapped uranium resources.
In August 2021, Bannerman completed a Pre-Feasibility Study on Etango-8 confirming that the project is strongly amenable to development in both technical and economic terms.
5. Lotus Resources (ASX: LOT)
The flagship asset for Perth-headquartered Lotus Resources is the Kayelekera Uranium Project in the African nation of Malawi.
According to Lotus, Kayelekera is the world’s fourth largest uranium asset globally in terms of historical annual production, producing 11 Mlbs of triuranium octoxide equivalent over the five years from 2009 to 2014.
The project has since been shut down and placed on care and maintenance to preserve its longevity amidst low prices in the uranium market.
A Definitive Feasibility Study released by Lotus in August 2022 said that the project is capable of rapidly recommencing production should market conditions improve. Kayelekera retains a mining license and environmental permits, as well as a skilled team of local personnel who have worked at the asset previously.
How to buy or invest in uranium stocks on the ASX
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