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The Ikata nuclear power station in Japan. Spent mixed oxide (MOX) fuel has been removed from a reactor at a nuclear power plant in southwest Japan in the first such operation in the country, the plant operator said.

Shikoku Electric Power Company said it removed one of the 16 MOX fuel rods from the Ikata-3 in Ehime Prefecture at 11:57 local timeon Monday as part of maintenance work.

MOX fuel is made of plutonium and uranium extracted while reprocessing spent fuel and is a key component of Japan’s nuclear fuel recycling programme. Using such fuel is also important for the country to reduce its stockpile of plutonium, which can be used to make nuclear weapons.

MOX is widely used in Europe and in Japan. About bout 40 reactors in Europe are licensed to use MOX and over 30 are doing so. In Japan about 10 reactors are licensed to use it.

Date: Friday, 17 January 2020
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Global Nuclear Fuel (GNF) accident-tolerant fuel assemblies have been loaded into a US reactor for the first time. Lead test assemblies using the company's ARMOR-coated zirconium cladding and IronClad accident-tolerant fuel solutions have been installed at Exelon's Clinton boiling water reactor power plant in Illinois.

Date: Thursday, 16 January 2020
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Company makes progress after initial accident-tolerant testing at Hatch nuclear plant in 2018 Clinton is a single boiling water reactor unit in Illinois. Photo courtesy Creative Commons. US-based Global Nuclear Fuel (GNF) announced it has loaded test fuel assemblies using its accident-tolerant technology at Exelon’s single-unit Clinton nuclear power station in Illinois.

GNF said the lead test assemblies used the ARMOR-coated zirconium cladding and three varieties of its IronClad technology. They are the first fuelled ferritic steel-based cladding assemblies to be installed in a commercial reactor.

GNF’s accident tolerant fuel assemblies are of two types: one uses an iron-chromium-aluminium fuel cladding material known as IronClad and the other – a coated zirconium fuel cladding known as ARMOR.

Date: Wednesday, 15 January 2020
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The first Russian-made nuclear fuel assemblies with experimental accident-tolerant fuel (ATF) rods for commercial reactors have been manufactured and passed acceptance inspection at Novosibirsk Chemical Concentrates Plant, a fabrication facility of Rosatom’s fuel manufacturer subsidiary TVEL. The ATF rods are to be loaded into one of the VVER-1000 units at the Rostov nuclear power plant in western Russia in the first quarter of 2020, TVEL said yesterday.

Date: Tuesday, 14 January 2020
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Shikoku Electric Power Co’s Ikata 3 in Japan’s Ehime Prefecture,  was shut down on 26 December in preparation for the removal of used mixed oxide (mox) fuel, a first such operation in Japan.

Date: Wednesday, 01 January 2020
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US-based BWX Technologies (BWXT) announced on 18 December that its TRISO nuclear fuel manufacturing restart activities are ahead of schedule. 

Date: Wednesday, 25 December 2019
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The Netherlands-based Nuclear Research and Consultancy Group (NRG) has begun a new study – part of its molten salt technology programme – that aims to simulate what happens when the molten salt cools down to below 150C.

Results of the study will contribute to the safety analysis of molten salt reactors. NRG said last year that the study will include the monitoring of pressure, dose and temperature and that five salts will be investigated, The salt samples will be provided by Czech research centre Řež.

A new experimental facility, called Saga, is designed to be used for testing a range of configurations (or: arrangements) for molten salt reactors.

Unlike most experiments in NRG’s High Flux Reactor at Petten in the Netherlands, irradiation will take place in the spent fuel pool instead of the reactor core. This will make use of the strong gamma field emitted by spent nuclear fuel.

Date: Friday, 20 December 2019
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The existing uranium defluorination facility at Zelenogorsk in Russia. Photo courtesy Tvel. Orano of France has signed of a €40m contract with Electrochemical Plant (ECP), a subsidiary of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom, related to the construction of a second depleted uranium defluorination facility at the Zelenogorsk site near St Petersburg in Russia.

Under the terms of the agreement, Orano will supply equipment for the plant and technical assistance to install the equipment and start the plant.

Russian state nuclear fuel company Tvel said the first depleted uranium defluorination facility at the site is the only one in Russia. The new facility will see the capacity of the processing plant double from 10,000 tonnes to 20,000 tonnes a year.

Date: Thursday, 12 December 2019
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France's Orano will supply a second depleted uranium hexafluoride (DUF6) defluorination plant to TVEL's JSC Electrochemical Plant (ECP) in Zelenogorsk in Russia's Krasnoyarsk Region under a EUR40 million (USD44 million) contract awarded by Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom. The first facility has been in operation at the site for ten years.

Date: Thursday, 12 December 2019
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A shipment of samples of plutonium oxide is en route from the UK to a laboratory at Orano's Melox plant in southern France. The samples will be used to determine if the plutonium can be used in the production of mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel.

Date: Friday, 29 November 2019
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