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Sizewell C could use recycled uranium

Sizewell C could use recycled uranium

EDF Energy will 'get on with' work to construct two EPR units at Sizewell C in Suffolk, UK, as soon as it receives government permission, which could come within six months, said the project's director of financing, Julia Pyke. She added that the company is working to fuel the reactors with recycled uranium.

Waste & Recycling 06 December 2021


Barsebäck reactor vessel dismantled

Barsebäck reactor vessel dismantled

Nukem Technologies has completed cutting up the pressure vessel of the Barsebäck 1 reactor in Sweden. The company said its two-stage thermal cutting technique would be refined and used on Barsebäck 2 as well as Oskarshamn 1 and 2.

Waste & Recycling 06 December 2021


USA relaunches used fuel management programme

USA relaunches used fuel management programme

The US Department of Energy has issued a request for information to help it create a consent-based approach to siting an interim storage site for US used nuclear fuel. The move represents a re-start of the federal programme after plans for a repository at Yucca Mountain were dropped in 2009.

Waste & Recycling 01 December 2021


Joint venture to develop GeoMelt vitrification technology

Joint venture to develop GeoMelt vitrification technology

France's EDF and water, waste and energy management company Veolia will early next year create a joint venture - to be known as Waste2Glass - to develop Veolia's GeoMelt vitrification technology. The partners hope to extend the application of the technology beyond high-level radioactive waste.

Waste & Recycling 01 December 2021


Drilling completed at first Canadian repository candidate site

Drilling completed at first Canadian repository candidate site

Canada's Nuclear Waste Management Organization has completed borehole drilling work at Ignace, which is being studied as a possible host area for a deep geological repository for Canada's used nuclear fuel. Some 6 km of rock has been retrieved during the four-year drilling programme.

Waste & Recycling 30 November 2021


South Australian site to host national radwaste facility

South Australian site to host national radwaste facility

Napandee near Kimba in South Australia has been formally selected as the location of a national low and medium-level radioactive waste facility. Under the relevant legislation, the declaration today by Australia's Minister for Resources and Water Keith Pitt has the effect of the Commonwealth acquiring about 211 hectares of land for the purpose of hosting the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility.

Waste & Recycling 29 November 2021


Pressure vessel segmented at Bohunice

Pressure vessel segmented at Bohunice

A milestone was reached in the decommissioning of Slovakia's Bohunice V1 reactor when Javys completed cutting up its pressure vessel. Most of the component has been disposed of as low-level radioactive waste.

Waste & Recycling 29 November 2021


Package ready for Czech used fuel disposal

Package ready for Czech used fuel disposal

Škoda announced it has completed development of a geological disposal package for the Czech Republic's used nuclear fuel. Made of corrosion resistant steel, it is a hermetically sealed container for the highly radioactive used fuel assemblies from its VVER reactors.

Waste & Recycling 25 November 2021


Transfer of used fuel to Ukrainian facility set to start

Transfer of used fuel to Ukrainian facility set to start

Ukraine's nuclear power plant operator, Energoatom, is conducting the final pre-commissioning trials of the Central Spent Fuel Storage Facility at the site of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. The company's acting president recently inspected simulation tests of the removal of nuclear fuel from unit 3 of the Rovno nuclear power plant using technology supplied by Holtec International of the USA. The transfer of fuel to the CSFSF is scheduled to begin next year.

Waste & Recycling 18 November 2021


First community partnership established in Cumbria

First community partnership established in Cumbria

The first of two community partnerships has been formed in Copeland, Cumbria, UK, to take forward discussions around siting a geological disposal facility for high-level radioactive waste. The move comes a year after an initial Copeland Working Group was established. A second partnership is expected to be formed soon in neighbouring South Copeland.

Waste & Recycling 16 November 2021