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US producers call for suspension of federal inventory transfers

Uranium and Fuel

26 April 2016

An organization representing US uranium producers has called on the Department of Energy (DOE) to cease transfers of excess uranium from federal inventory until the uranium market recovers from its current oversupplied state.

US and UK swap high-enriched uranium to support cancer treatment

Uranium and Fuel

31 March 2016

Some 700 kg of British high-enriched uranium (HEU) will be transported to America in return for a form of the fuel that can be used in research reactors that create isotopes for life-saving diagnosis and treatment.

Research points way to hydrogen-resistant fuel cladding

Uranium and Fuel

30 March 2016

A way of making zirconium alloys used in the cladding of nuclear assemblies more resistant to hydrogen, which can lead to embrittlement, has been investigated by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Fuel loading completed at third Fuqing unit

New Nuclear

06 April 2016

Fuqing 3 fuel loading - 48The loading of all 157 fuel assemblies into the reactor core of unit 3 of the Fuqing nuclear power plant in China's Fujian province has been completed. The unit is expected to start up later this year.

Russia plans start-up of first Gen-III+ unit this summer

New Nuclear

30 March 2016

Novovoronezh 6 fuel loading - 48ASE Group has announced plans for Russia to connect its first Generation-III+ nuclear power unit to the grid this summer. The first fuel assembly was loaded at unit 1 of the Novovoronezh II nuclear power plant in western Russia on 24 March at 3.28am, while the "active phase" of the loading process began the following day.

China's HTGR fuel production line starts up

Uranium and Fuel

29 March 2016

HTR fuel element production line - 48A pilot production line of fuel elements for China's Shidaowan HTR-PM - a high-temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTGR) demonstration project - has started in Baotou, Inner Mongolia.