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Japanese utilities revise MOX utilisation plan

Japanese utilities revise MOX utilisation plan

A revised mixed oxide fuel utilisation plan, based on the latest operational plan for the Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant and the MOX Fuel Fabrication Plant, has been released by Japan's Federation of Electric Power Companies. While only four Japanese reactors have so far been restarted using MOX fuel, FEPC envisages at least 12 units running on the fuel by FY2030. FEPC represents the 11 power companies, comprising nine utilities (excluding Okinawa Electric Power), Japan Atomic Power Company and the Electric Power Development Company (J-Power).

Waste & Recycling 26 February 2021


BN-800 fast reactor has first full refuelling with MOX fuel

BN-800 fast reactor has first full refuelling with MOX fuel

Unit 4 of the Beloyarsk nuclear power plant, Russia's BN-800 reactor, has been connected to the grid and resumed operations upon completion of scheduled maintenance. For the first time the refuelling has been carried out with uranium-plutonium fuel only.

Uranium & Fuel 24 February 2021


Further two-year delay to Japanese MOX plant

Further two-year delay to Japanese MOX plant

Operation of the mixed-oxide fuel fabrication plant under construction in Rokkasho, in Aomori Prefecture, is now expected about two years later than previously planned. Japan Nuclear Fuel Limited had aimed to complete its construction in the first half of fiscal 2022 (ending March 2023), but now expects this in the first half of fiscal 2024.

Waste & Recycling 17 December 2020


Regulator approves safety upgrades at Japanese MOX plant

Regulator approves safety upgrades at Japanese MOX plant

Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority has approved the modification of safety measures at Japan Nuclear Fuel Limited's mixed-oxide fuel fabrication plant under construction in Rokkasho, in Aomori Prefecture. Under the current schedule, the facility is expected to be completed between April and September 2022.

Regulation & Safety 09 December 2020


US Administration reaches settlement with South Carolina over plutonium removal

US Administration reaches settlement with South Carolina over plutonium removal

A USD600 million settlement reached by the State of South Carolina and the US Administration has brought to an end six years of litigation concerning 9.5 tonnes of weapons-grade plutonium at the Savannah River Site. Under the terms of the settlement, the US Department of Energy is now obligated to remove the material by 2037.

Waste & Recycling 02 September 2020


New NRG tests could lead to novel nuclear fuels

New NRG tests could lead to novel nuclear fuels

New irradiation experiments on the behaviour of nuclear fuel have recently started in the High Flux Reactor at Petten, in the Netherlands. The Nuclear Research and Consultancy Group says that, by using a new measurement technique, data collected during the experiments could be used to develop new fuels and to optimise the efficiency of existing ones.

Uranium & Fuel 24 July 2020


Reload MOX fuel ready for BN-800 fast reactor

Reload MOX fuel ready for BN-800 fast reactor

The manufacture of the first full reload batch of uranium-plutonium mixed oxide fuel for unit 4 of the Beloyarsk nuclear power plant in Russia has been completed by the Mining and Chemical Combine in Zheleznogorsk, in the Krasnoyarsk region. The 169 fuel assemblies have been accepted by operator Rosenergoatom, and its authorised representative VPO ZAES, which has confirmed the consignment is ready for shipment.

Uranium & Fuel 23 July 2020


Russia starts installation work at fuel fabrication facility

Russia starts installation work at fuel fabrication facility

Work has started on installation of the main equipment for the nuclear fuel fabrication facility at the pilot energy complex in Seversk (Tomsk). Under construction at the Siberian Chemical Combine, ODEK is part of Russia’s Proryv (Breakthrough) project, which is designed to demonstrate a closed fuel cycle. SCC is part of fuel company TVEL, which is a subsidiary of state nuclear corporation Rosatom.

New Nuclear 15 June 2020


Rosatom to convert fast reactor to MOX fuel in 2022

Rosatom to convert fast reactor to MOX fuel in 2022

Unit 4 of the Beloyarsk nuclear power plant in Russia will be completely switched to uranium-plutonium MOX fuel in 2022, marking an important step towards closing the nuclear fuel cycle, Russia’s Rosatom has announced.

Uranium & Fuel 10 June 2020


Orano wins further MOX order from Japan

Orano wins further MOX order from Japan

French Orano has signed a contract with Japan's Nuclear Fuel Industries for the fabrication of 32 MOX fuel assemblies for the Takahama 3 and 4 reactors operated by Kansai Electric Power Company. Mixed oxide fuel, or MOX, is nuclear fuel made from reprocessed plutonium and uranium.

Uranium & Fuel 06 February 2020