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US test reactor programme moves ahead

US test reactor programme moves ahead

The US Department of Energy has approved Critical Decision 1 for the Versatile Test Reactor, meaning the project can now move to the engineering design phase. DOE has requested USD295 million for FY 2021 for the one-of-a-kind facility that would support research and development of innovative nuclear energy and other technologies.

New Nuclear 24 September 2020


Project to downblend Kazakh HEU fuel completed

Project to downblend Kazakh HEU fuel completed

A project to remove the last remaining batch of unirradiated highly enriched uranium fuel from Kazakhstan has been completed in a joint effort by Kazakhstan and the USA, the US Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration has announced. The two nations have also signed a new joint statement reaffirming their intention to continue to work together to support the common goal of minimising nuclear proliferation, ensuring nuclear security and strengthening the nuclear non-proliferation regime.
 

Regulation & Safety 24 September 2020


TVEL supplies fuel for Hungarian research reactor

TVEL supplies fuel for Hungarian research reactor

TVEL, the fuel manufacturer subsidiary of Russia's Rosatom, has supplied fuel for the Budapest Research Reactor in Hungary. The VVR-M2 fuel assemblies - manufactured by the Novosibirsk Chemical Concentrates Plant - were supplied under a contract signed in 2019 with the Centre for Energy Research of Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Uranium & Fuel 15 September 2020


New experiment holders accelerate nuclear fuel testing

New experiment holders accelerate nuclear fuel testing

New modular-based experiment holders developed by the US Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory are expected to improve transient testing on nuclear fuels and materials, and enable new clients like NASA to take advantage of the unique capabilities at INL's Transient Reactor Test Facility.

New Nuclear 28 August 2020


IAEA sees safety improvements at Czech research reactor

IAEA sees safety improvements at Czech research reactor

Řež, operator of the LVR-15 research reactor in the Czech Republic, has continued to improve safety since a previous review in 2003, implementing significant refurbishments to modernise the reactor's systems and components, according to an International Atomic Energy Agency team of experts. The team also found areas for further safety enhancements, inlcuding in organisation and operational safety programmes.

Regulation & Safety 26 August 2020


Contract talks under way for US test reactor

Contract talks under way for US test reactor

Battelle Energy Alliance has begun contract negotiations with a team led by Bechtel National Inc and including TerraPower and GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy to support the design and build phase of the Versatile Test Reactor. The reactor will be a one-of-a-kind facility that would support research and development of innovative, clean nuclear energy technologies.

New Nuclear 25 August 2020


Myrrha protons accelerated for first time

Myrrha protons accelerated for first time

Researchers at Belgium's Nuclear Research Centre have for the first time succeeded in accelerating a proton beam through the recently connected radio frequency quadrupole. The RFQ is a component of the particle accelerator that will drive the Myrrha sub-critical research reactor.

New Nuclear 20 July 2020


Dismantling of French research reactor completed

Dismantling of French research reactor completed

The dismantling of the Ulysse experimental reactor at the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission's Saclay site near Paris has been completed. The low-power reactor, which was shut down in 2007, was mainly operated for teaching and continuing education purposes by the National Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology.

Waste & Recycling 23 June 2020


Norwegian reactor dismantling to cost almost USD2 billion

Norwegian reactor dismantling to cost almost USD2 billion

The decommissioning of Norway's shut down research reactors at Halden and Kjeller will cost around NOK20 billion (USD1.96 billion) and take 20-25 years, according to a report commissioned by the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

Waste & Recycling 18 May 2020


X-energy TRISO-X fuel to be irradiated at MIT

X-energy TRISO-X fuel to be irradiated at MIT

X-energy's TRISO-X fuel is to be irradiated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Nuclear Reactor Laboratory's research reactor, the company has announced. Data from the irradiation testing will be used to support licensing of X-energy's Xe-100 and other TRISO-based reactors.

Uranium & Fuel 15 May 2020