Uranium & Fuel

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Siberian Chemical Combine reports milestone with new fuel production

Siberian Chemical Combine reports milestone with new fuel production

Russia’s Siberian Chemical Combine has produced more than 1000 experimental fuel elements based on mixed uranium-plutonium nitride fuel during its eight years of participation in the Proryv (Breakthrough) project. Fuel elements of various standard sizes and structural materials were manufactured in order to find and justify the optimal configuration, SCC said in a 13 November statement.

Uranium & Fuel 23 November 2020


BWXT completes TRISO fuel line restart

BWXT completes TRISO fuel line restart

BWXT Nuclear Operations Group, Inc has completed its TRISO nuclear fuel line restart project and is actively producing fuel at its facility in Lynchburg, Virginia, BWX Technologies, Inc has announced. TRISO - standing for TRIstructural-ISOtropic - particles contain a spherical kernel of enriched uranium oxycarbide surrounded by layers of carbon and silicon carbide, which contains fission products.

Uranium & Fuel 10 November 2020


3D-printed fuel parts complete initial irradiation cycle

3D-printed fuel parts complete initial irradiation cycle

Fuel elements produced by Framatome using 3D printing technology have completed the first cycle of irradiation at the Gösgen nuclear power plant in Switzerland. These experimental stainless steel and nickel-based alloy components were installed in the 1010 MWe pressurised water reactor in 2019 for a five-cycle programme as part of a qualification project. Framatome said the fuel elements irradiated in the Gösgen plant will be further examined to confirm behaviour in real operating conditions.

Uranium & Fuel 05 November 2020


Kazatomprom sees no more impact on output from COVID shutdowns

Kazatomprom sees no more impact on output from COVID shutdowns

Any new availability, pandemic or weather-related issues at Kazatomprom's operations would not influence 2020 production volumes but could impact reserve development and production plans for 2021, the company said in its third-quarter update yesterday. The company will look to the market to "optimise" its inventory levels, which it expects to fall below its target of six to seven months of annual attributable production.

Uranium & Fuel 03 November 2020


BHP Billiton drops expansion of Olympic Dam

BHP Billiton drops expansion of Olympic Dam

A planned expansion of the Olympic Dam copper, gold and uranium mine in South Australia has been scrapped by BHP Billiton after studies of the ore body questioned the viability of the project. It has decided instead to invest in the existing infrastructure at the underground mine.

Uranium & Fuel 26 October 2020


Study assesses economics of restarting Kayelekera mine

Study assesses economics of restarting Kayelekera mine

Resuming operation of the Kayelekera uranium mine in Malawi will cost an estimated USD50 million, a restart scoping study has concluded. Australian-based exploration company Lotus Resources Ltd bought the mine - currently in care and maintenance - from Paladin Energy earlier this year. Lotus says it now plans to advance to a restart feasibility study.

Uranium & Fuel 22 October 2020


Berkeley opposes move to ban uranium mining in Spain

Berkeley opposes move to ban uranium mining in Spain

A proposed amendment to Spain's draft climate change and energy transition bill that would prohibit the exploration and extraction of uranium is unconstitutional, says Berkeley Energia. The Australian-based company is at an advanced stage in licensing its Salamanca uranium mine.

Uranium & Fuel 16 October 2020


ARMZ starts building ISL pilot site at Dobrovolnoye deposit

ARMZ starts building ISL pilot site at Dobrovolnoye deposit

Rusburmash has completed geophysical surveys at the Dobrovolnoye uranium deposit in the Zverinogolovsky district of the Kurgan region of Russia and JSC Dalur has now started the construction of a pilot site for in-situ leaching of uranium there.

Uranium & Fuel 15 October 2020


TVEL completes development of modified fuel for Paks

TVEL completes development of modified fuel for Paks

The development and validation of modified fuel for use in the four VVER-440 reactors at the Paks nuclear power plant in Hungary has now been completed, Rosatom's nuclear fuel manufacturer subsidiary TVEL announced today. The first consignment of the modified fuel is scheduled to be delivered to the Paks plant later this year.

Uranium & Fuel 13 October 2020


Uranium market is coping with impact of the pandemic

Uranium market is coping with impact of the pandemic

Most respondents to UxC's annual summer survey agreed that the uranium market has so far managed the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic effectively, and is proving robust, despite some initial issues with mine production. There is general consensus that the crisis will not harm the future of nuclear power, UxC said.

Uranium & Fuel 08 October 2020