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The ETRR-2 research reactor in Egypt. Photo courtesy Rosatom. Novosibirsk Chemical Concentrates Plant (NCCP) and the Egyptian Atomic Energy Authority have signed a 10-year contract for Russia to supply low-enriched uranium (LEU) for the ETRR-2 research reactor.

Russia’s Tvel nuclear fuel company, of which NCCP is a subsidiary, said the contract is a logical follow-up to a number of contracts for the shipment of fuel components to Egypt in recent years.

The Argentinian-designed multipurpose ETRR-2, Egypt’s only reactor, uses uranium fuel with an enrichment of 19.75%. The reactor is used for research in particle physics, materials engineering, and the production of stable isotopes.

Tvel, a subsidiary of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom, said it considers Egypt an important and promising market. The company already has a contract for nuclear fuel supplies to the future El Dabaa nuclear station in the north of the African country. The contract covers supplies to all four power units of El Dabaa during the facility’s entire operational lifetime.

Date: Tuesday, 07 April 2020
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Novosibirsk Chemical Concentrates Plant (NCCP) has signed a 10-year contract with the Egyptian Atomic Energy Authority for the supply of low-enriched nuclear fuel components, such as uranium and aluminium items, for the ETRR-2 research reactor. NCCP is a subsidiary of Russian nuclear fuel manufacturer TVEL.

Date: Tuesday, 07 April 2020
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The nuclear power industry’s research and development programme to handle waste from Sweden’s nuclear power plants meets legal requirements, regulator SSM has told the government.

The main point of the latest programme is the presentation of plans for development of a final repository for long-lived radioactive waste.

The planned repository at Forsmark is intended to accommodate about 12,000 tonnes of spent nuclear fuel. SKB has said it hopes to start construction “in the early 2020s”.

SSM said Swedish Nuclear Fuel Management AB (SKB) and the reactor owners had met requirements set by the government for the R&D programme.

Date: Thursday, 02 April 2020
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A computer-generated aerial view of the planned facility. Courtesy Holtec. The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a draft environmental impact statement for a proposed consolidated interim storage facility in New Mexico.

The draft statement includes the NRC staff’s preliminary recommendation that there are no environmental impacts that would preclude the NRC from issuing a license for environmental reasons.

Holtec International is planning to build a subterranean fuel storage facility called Hi-Store in southeastern New Mexico.

Holtec International and its partner, the Eddy-Lea Energy Alliance (ELEA), decided to establish the facility on land owned by ELEA in 2015.

Date: Wednesday, 18 March 2020
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The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has issued a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for Holtec International's proposed consolidated HI-STORE interim storage facility (CISF) and made a preliminary recommendation that there are no environmental impacts that would preclude it from issuing a licence for environmental reasons. Holtec proposes initially to store 500 canisters holding around 8680 tonnes of used nuclear fuel at the New Mexico site.

Date: Friday, 13 March 2020
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Holtec International has provided an update on decommissioning work at its Oyster Creek and Pilgrim nuclear power plants that is being performed by Comprehensive Decommissioning International (CDI), its joint venture with SNC-Lavalin.

Date: Thursday, 05 March 2020
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The Ignalina nuclear power station in Lithuania. Photo courtesy EBRD. The decommissioning of the Ignalina nuclear power station in Lithuania is “well advanced” and has reached a new milestone with the delivery of the final storage cask for spent nuclear fuel, one year ahead of schedule, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development confiremd today.

Germany-based GNS (Gesellschaft für Nuklear-Service) said last week it had delivered the final cask. The casks are used for the storage of spent nuclear fuel assemblies that date from the time when the facility’s two Russian 1,185-MW RBMK units were operational.

Lithuania closed the first unit at Ignalina in 2004 and the second in 2009 following safety concerns about its Soviet-designed reactors. The EBRD is managing the Ignalina International Decommissioning Support Fund, established in 2001.

The EBRD said today that the decommissioning process is well advanced. An interim storage facility for spent fuel opened in October 2016 and has since received a total of 142 Constor RBMK 1500-M2 casks loaded with 12,891 spent fuel assemblies from the Ignalina reactors and storage ponds of Units 1 and 2.

Date: Tuesday, 03 March 2020
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Germany-based GNS (Gesellschaft für Nuklear-Service) has delivered one year ahead of schedule the final container for spent nuclear fuel to the Ignalina nuclear power station, which is being decommissioned in Lithuania.

Ignalina said in a statement that 190 Constor RBMK 1500-M2 casks containing spent nuclear fuel will be stored by the end of 2022 at an onsite storage facility. One cask will be kept aside as reserve in the event of fuel reloading becoming necessary.

According to the statement, during its entire operating period the two-unit Ignalina plant had accumulated almost 22,000 assemblies with spent nuclear fuel, 6,016 of which had already been placed in an interim storage facility built in 1999.

Date: Saturday, 29 February 2020
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Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom on has launched a tender to study the pyrochemical processing of used nuclear fuel from fast neutron reactors as part of the Proryv (Breakthrough project), reports.

Date: Wednesday, 26 February 2020
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The US Idaho National Laboratory will provide California-based Oklo with access to recovered used nuclear fuel to aid the company in its efforts to develop and demonstrate the Oklo Aurora microreactor.

Date: Tuesday, 25 February 2020
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