Related Topic: Radioisotopes

Bruce Power harvests cobalt-60 to sterilise medical equipment

Bruce Power harvests cobalt-60 to sterilise medical equipment

Enough cobalt-60 to sterilise 10 billion items of medical equipment was recently shipped from unit 7 at Canada's Bruce nuclear power plant. Meanwhile, a new production base for medical radioisotopes is being set up at the Qinshan Phase III nuclear power plant in China.

Corporate 10 January 2022


Framatome and Exelon to explore Co-60 production

Framatome and Exelon to explore Co-60 production

A Memorandum of Understanding between Framatome and Exelon Generation will see the two companies work towards the production of cobalt-60 in pressurised water reactors for medical and industrial uses.

Corporate 05 January 2022


Isotope supplies allow USA to stop HEU exports

Isotope supplies allow USA to stop HEU exports

Worldwide supplies of molybdenum-99 made without using highly enriched uranium are now sufficient for the USA to ban exports of HEU material for foreign medical isotope production.
 

Regulation & Safety 23 December 2021


MoU aims to produce Co-60 in French PWRs

MoU aims to produce Co-60 in French PWRs

Westinghouse Electric Company and EDF have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to produce cobalt-60 in selected pressurised water reactors owned and operated by EDF in France. The agreement is the first step towards production in Europe of the radioisotope for medical uses, the companies said.

Regulation & Safety 02 December 2021


New isotope initiatives address supply challenges

New isotope initiatives address supply challenges

Separate domestic and international initiatives to support the development and production of medical radioisotopes have been announced in Canada, Germany, Japan and the USA. These include a federal award of USD35 million to support the commercial production of molybdenum-99 in the USA; a new linear accelerator-based technique for production of actinium-225 in Japan; and a Canadian-German collaboration to explore the production of Ac-225.

Corporate 19 October 2021


Bruce output hits new peak

Bruce output hits new peak

Bruce Power yesterday announced the achievement of a new site generation peak and set a goal of achieving a site peak of 7000 MW by 2030 as it implements its Made in Ontario post-pandemic economic recovery plan. Production of medical isotopes is also part of the plan, and the company said it plans to carry out a harvest of the medical isotope cobalt-60 before the end of the year.

Corporate 15 October 2021


Orano completes new stable isotopes laboratory

Orano completes new stable isotopes laboratory

Orano has completed construction of a new laboratory for the production of stable isotopes at its Tricastin site. The French nuclear fuel cycle company said the laboratory - the first one of its kind in France - will begin operations in the second half of 2023.

Corporate 12 October 2021


Urenco launches new radioisotope cascade

Urenco launches new radioisotope cascade

Urenco Stable Isotopes has expanded its stable and medical isotopes facility in Almelo, the Netherlands, officially opening its new Leonardo da Vinci cascade yesterday. The company - a subsidiary of uranium enrichment company Urenco Nederland BV - said the move was in response to growing demand for medical isotopes.

Corporate 06 October 2021


Cabinet approval for new South African research reactor

Cabinet approval for new South African research reactor

The South African cabinet has approved the construction of the Multipurpose Reactor to succeed the Safari-1 research reactor which is located at Pelindaba. Safari-1's operator, Necsa, said the cabinet approval allows the lead-time needed to ensure radioisotope production is not interrupted. The company has also expressed its support for the recent approval by the country's energy regulator of a ministerial determination to procure new nuclear generation capacity.

New Nuclear 30 September 2021


New nuclear medicine facilities announced for Australia

New nuclear medicine facilities announced for Australia

A new nuclear medicine manufacturing facility will be built in Australia at Lucas Heights, the home of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation. A ministerial announcement today launched the project, saying AUD30 million (USD12.8 million) would be spent on the facility's design.

New Nuclear 30 September 2021