Mixed oxide fuel rss

Major work required at Rokkasho for new regulations

Regulation and Safety

17 November 2015

Completion of Japan's Rokkasho reprocessing plant and mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel factory have been postponed by around two years as work continues to comply with new safety requirements.

Westinghouse proposes UK deployment of small modular reactor

New Nuclear

21 October 2015

Westinghouse SMR cutaway 48Westinghouse Electric Company wants to work with the UK on the deployment of small modular reactor (SMR) technology. Westinghouse, part of the Toshiba group, said yesterday it had presented a "proposal to partner" in phase two of a study being carried out by the UK government into the nation's potential use of SMRs.

Russia charts progress with new MOX fuel development

Uranium and Fuel

11 September 2015

The director general of Russia's Mining and Chemical Combine said yesterday that the enterprise's mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel fabrication facility will increase its annual production of fuel assemblies from 20 this year to 400 in 2017.

Russia brings BN-800 to minimum controlled power again

New Nuclear

11 November 2015

Beloyarsk 4 - BN800 - 48Rosenergoatom announced today that unit 4 of the Beloyarsk nuclear power plant in the Sverdlovsk district of Russia had for the third time been brought to the minimum controlled power level. The country's nuclear power plant operator said the BN-800 fast neutron reactor had achieved this at 10.10pm local time yesterday.

Rosatom plans next phase of nuclear and radiation safety

Nuclear Policies

21 September 2015

Medvedev-Kirienko September 2015 - 48Rosatom will soon present the Russian government with its report for the federal target program (FTP) for nuclear and radiation safety for 2016-2025, director general Sergey Kirienko told Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev during a meeting on 18 September at Government House. The corporation has completed 108% of the FTP for 2008-2015, and despite a cut in state funding of RUB8.4 billion ($127 million), Kirienko said.

Disposal beats MOX in US comparison

Waste and Recycling

21 August 2015

America is reconsidering how it will dispose of 34 tonnes of plutonium as the previous plan involving a MOX plant has been said to be twice as costly as a dilution and disposal option in a leaked Department of Energy report.