Uranium & Fuel

Uranium & Fuel
Kazatomprom uranium miners set to return to work

Kazatomprom uranium miners set to return to work

Kazakhstan's JSC National Atomic Company Kazatomprom plans to return staffing levels at its uranium mines to normal by around the end of this month. The number of employees at the mine sites was reduced between April and July in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Uranium & Fuel 04 August 2020


Judge upholds Virginia's uranium mining ban

Judge upholds Virginia's uranium mining ban

Virginia's 38-year-old moratorium on uranium mining will continue following a district court ruling in a case challenging its constitutionality. Virginia Uranium Inc first brought the state suit in 2015 in its effort to mine what it claims is the largest known uranium deposit in the USA.

Uranium & Fuel 04 August 2020


Canadian uranium production set for September restart

Canadian uranium production set for September restart

Cameco and Orano Canada have announced plans to restart operations at the Cigar Lake uranium mine and the McClean Lake mill. Cameco will restart mine operations at the beginning of September, and Orano expects to be processing uranium by the middle of the month.

Uranium & Fuel 30 July 2020


Denison resumes ISL work at Phoenix

Denison resumes ISL work at Phoenix

Denison Mines has resumed in situ leach field testing activities at the high-grade Phoenix deposit at Wheeler River in northern Saskatchewan, Canada. All operating procedures have been adapted to incorporate physical distancing and enhanced hygiene protocols to comply with COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.

Uranium & Fuel 28 July 2020


Remediation work begins at Kyrgyz legacy uranium site

Remediation work begins at Kyrgyz legacy uranium site

Work has started in Kyrgyzstan to overcome the legacy of uranium mining in Central Asia with a ground-breaking ceremony in Shekaftar, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development announced today. The Shekaftar mining complex includes three closed mines and eight mining-waste disposal areas that contain about 700,000 cubic metres of waste from mining operations.

Uranium & Fuel 28 July 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


Kazatomprom extends reduced operations

Kazatomprom extends reduced operations

JSC National Atomic Company Kazatomprom has today announced it is extending for one month its reduction in operations due to COVID-19. Kazakhstan's government last week announced a second two-week lockdown after a national surge in coronavirus cases followed the lifting of an earlier lockdown.

Uranium & Fuel 06 July 2020


BWXT wins contract to expand TRISO production

BWXT wins contract to expand TRISO production

Idaho National Laboratory has awarded BWX Technologies Inc a USD26 million, 20-month contract to expand and upgrade its manufacturing line for TRISO nuclear fuel. The award, to BWXT Nuclear Operations Group, Inc, will expand its capacity for the manufacture of TRISO fuel compacts and also upgrade existing systems for delivering production-scale quantities of the fuel, BWXT said.

Uranium & Fuel 02 July 2020


X-energy and NFI team up to supply HTGR fuel

X-energy and NFI team up to supply HTGR fuel

US company X-energy has announced it is to be the exclusive counterparty to supply fuel to Japan's high-temperature gas-cooled reactor under a teaming arrangement with Nuclear Fuel Industries of Japan.

Uranium & Fuel 30 June 2020