Uranium & Fuel

Uranium & Fuel
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


Czech solution to fuel rod corrosion receives US patent

Czech solution to fuel rod corrosion receives US patent

Czech scientists have received a US patent for their discovery that a polycrystalline-diamond coating can significantly protect fuel rods against corrosion during both normal reactor operation and accidents. Researchers from the Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics of the Czech Technical University and the Institute of Physics of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic obtained an EU patent for the technology in April last year.

Uranium & Fuel 22 February 2021


Finnish research reactor fuel sent to USA for further use

Finnish research reactor fuel sent to USA for further use

Partially used irradiated fuel from the Finnish Reactor 1 in Espoo, Finland, has been transported to the USA for use in a TRIGA Mark I research reactor operated by the US Geological Survey in Denver, Colorado. Dismantling of the Finnish reactor, which was shut down in 2015, is scheduled to begin at the end of 2022.

Uranium & Fuel 11 February 2021


Cameco maintains positive long-term uranium outlook

Cameco maintains positive long-term uranium outlook

Cameco produced only 5 million pounds U3O8 (1923 tU) in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic but remains positive about the long-term fundamentals in the uranium market, President and CEO Tim Gitzel said today when announcing its fourth-quarter and year-end results.

Uranium & Fuel 10 February 2021


Denison ramps up activities at Wheeler River

Denison ramps up activities at Wheeler River

Denison Mines is to carry out further field testing activities to de-risk the use of in-situ leach methods at the high-grade Phoenix uranium deposit at the Wheeler River Uranium Project in Saskatchewan, Canada. Wheeler River is a joint venture between Denison (90% and operator) and JCU (Canada) Exploration Company Limited (10%), with combined indicated mineral resources of 132.1 million pounds U3O8 (50,812 tU) and inferred resources of 3.0 million pounds U3O8. The project is estimated to have mine production of 109.4 million pounds U3O8 over a 14-year mine life.

Uranium & Fuel 09 February 2021


Westinghouse signs VVER fuel licensing contract

Westinghouse signs VVER fuel licensing contract

A VVER-1000 fuel licensing agreement between Westinghouse Electric Company and Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plant has been described as a major step forward in Bulgaria's energy supply diversification. The agreement covers the development of safety analyses for the licensing and implementation of alternative nuclear fuel for Kozloduy unit 5.

Uranium & Fuel 05 February 2021


Vimy reviews by-product potential at Mulga Rock

Vimy reviews by-product potential at Mulga Rock

Incorporating a circuit to produce by-product base metals has the potential to improve the "already strong" uranium economics of the Mulga Rock project in Western Australia, Vimy Resources CEO Mike Young says. Vimy plans to complete an assessment of the potential impact of the base metals plant during the first half of this year.

Uranium & Fuel 04 February 2021


Framatome EATF completes first fuel cycle

Framatome EATF completes first fuel cycle

Lead assemblies of Framatome's GAIA Enhanced Accident Tolerant Fuel have completed their first 18-month fuel cycle at a US nuclear power plant. This is the first time a full-length EATF concept with both pellets and cladding has completed a fuel cycle in a reactor.

Uranium & Fuel 03 February 2021


Kazatomprom uranium output falls 15% on year

Kazatomprom uranium output falls 15% on year

Kaztomprom has issued preliminary 2020 production figures of 19,477 tU (on a 100% basis), which is 15% down on its 2019 output of 22,808 tU. Production volumes for the fourth quarter and for 2020 were significantly lower, related to the expected impact of the pandemic and the company’s decreased wellfield development activity, as well as lower staff levels in April-July 2020. Guidance for 2021 is 22,500-22,800 tU (100% basis).

Uranium & Fuel 02 February 2021


Westinghouse doped fuel pellets move towards commercialisation

Westinghouse doped fuel pellets move towards commercialisation

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has accepted for review a topical report on Westinghouse Advanced Doped Pellet Technology Fuel, which the company has said is a major achievement for the advanced fuel portfolio it is developing as part of its EnCore fuel programme.

Uranium & Fuel 22 January 2021