Nuclear fuel rss

Bespoke equipment trial completed at Dounreay

Waste and Recycling

25 March 2015

DFR-Breeder-Top-Plate - 48A trial of bespoke equipment to lift off the top plate of the Dounreay Fast Reactor in Scotland in order to remove trapped fuel elements has been completed successfully, the Nuclear Decommissioing Authority said on 19 March. The authority said decommissioning the 50-year-old experimental reactor is one of the most technically challenging projects in its estate.

First radioactive waste removed from Magnox storage pond

Waste and Recycling

24 March 2015

First sludge retrieval 48The very first radioactive sludge has been removed from the First Generation Magnox Storage Pond (FGMSP) at Sellafield in north-west England. The FGMSP is one of the site's four Legacy Pond and Silo facilities.

Taiwan reprocessing tender suspended

Waste and Recycling

20 March 2015

A tender for overseas reprocessing of Taiwanese used nuclear fuel has been suspended, pending a parliamentary budget review, only one month after it was announced.

Swiss repository experiment enters monitoring phase

Waste and Recycling

24 March 2015

FE Experiment plug 48The underground tunnel in which the Full-scale Emplacement Experiment will be carried out at the Mont Terri Rock Laboratory in Switzerland has been sealed and monitoring has begun. The experiment aims to simulate the conditions within a repository containing high-level radioactive waste.

Muon data confirms fuel melt at Fukushima Daiichi 1

Regulation and Safety

23 March 2015

Fukushima Daiichi 1 muon results - 48Initial results from using a muon detection system at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi unit 1 in Japan appear to confirm that most of the fuel has melted and dropped from its original position within the core, Tokyo Electric Power Company announced.

Centrus files first results

Corporate

17 March 2015

Centrus Energy has announced its first quarterly results since emerging from the restructuring of USEC last year, which interim president and CEO John Castellano said was "a year of transition."