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Hualong One fuel assembly undergoes irradiation testing

Uranium and Fuel

29 January 2016

Hualong One fuel irradiation - 48A prototype fuel assembly for use in China's Hualong One reactor design has completed the first fuel cycle irradiation test. Construction of three Hualong One units has already begun in China.

Fuel loading completed at Hongyanhe 4

New Nuclear

20 January 2016

Hongyanhe 4 fuel loading - 48The loading all 157 fuel assemblies into the core of unit 4 of the Hongyanhe nuclear power plant in China's Liaoning province has been completed. The reactor is scheduled to start up early this year.

Fuel removal machine for Fukushima Daiichi 3

Waste and Recycling

18 January 2016

Toshiba fuel removal system for FD3 - 48A remotely operated system will be supplied by Toshiba for the removal of the remaining debris and fuel assemblies from the used fuel pool of the damaged unit 3 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. Meanwhile, Nukem Technologies will conduct feasibility studies on the development of further technologies for the plant's decommissioning.

Study confirms NuScale reactor's MOX capability

Waste and Recycling

21 January 2016

NuScale module (NuScale) 13x48NuScale Power's small modular reactor has the capability of using mixed uranium-plutonium oxide (MOX) fuel in addition to conventional light water reactor fuel, a study by the UK's National Nuclear Laboratory has confirmed.

Minister sets benchmark cost for French repository

Waste and Recycling

18 January 2016

French energy minister Ségolène Royal has signed a decree setting the 'reference cost' of a national repository for the disposal of high- and intermediate-level waste at €25 billion ($27 billion). The parties involved in the project had earlier estimated the cost at between €20 billion and €39 billion.

Lightbridge charts progress towards irradiation testing


14 January 2016

UPDATED Lightbridge Corporation has received final regulatory approval for irradiation testing of its metallic fuel at Norway's Halden research reactor. The company has also entered an agreement with US fabricator BWXT Nuclear Energy to evaluate the possible fabrication of fuel samples at BWXT's US facilities.