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A project to remove the last remaining batch of unirradiated highly enriched uranium (HEU) fuel from Kazakhstan has been completed in a joint effort by Kazakhstan and the USA, the US Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has announced. The two nations have also signed a new joint statement reaffirming their intention to continue to work together to support the common goal of minimising nuclear proliferation, ensuring nuclear security and strengthening the nuclear non-proliferation regime.

Date: Friday, 25 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Project-to-downblend-Kazakh-HEU-fuel-completed

The IGR research reactor in Kazakhstan. The last remaining batch of unirradiated highly enriched uranium (HEU) in Kazakhstan has been eliminated, the US Department of Energy said.

The DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration and Kazakhstan’s energy ministry worked together to remove 2.9 kg of unirradiated HEU from the IGR research reactor, transport it hundreds of miles to a secure facility for processing, and downblend it to low enriched uranium (LEU).

This activity fulfilled an agreement worked out between the two countries at the 2019 International Atomic Energy Agency general conference.

“The world is a little bit safer now that this material has been downblended into a less dangerous form,” said Lisa Gordon-Hagerty, NNSA administrator and under-secretary for nuclear security at the DOE.

After being removed from the IGR research reactor in Kurchatov, the unirradiated HEU fuel was transported by road in 25 special transportation casks more than 300 km to the Ulba Metallurgical Plant in Ust-Kamenogorsk.

Date: Thursday, 24 September 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/us-helps-eliminate-highly-enriched-uranium-from-research-reactor-9-3-2020

Amentum, a contractor to US federal and allied governments, announced on 22 July that the Department of Energy (DOE) had selected D2R Services, an Amentum-led joint venture, for a position on its indefinite delivery/Indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract to provide nationwide deactivation, decommissioning and removal (DD&R) services. This multiple-award IDIQ contract has a 10-year ordering period and a maximum ceiling of $3 billion.

Date: Friday, 24 July 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-doe-selects-amentum-for-dd-services-8041058

The US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Environmental Management (EM) has awarded a set of Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contracts to provide US-wide Deactivation, Decommissioning and Removal (DD&R) services “to help address excess facilities”.

Date: Friday, 10 July 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-doe-awards-decommissioning-contracts-for-legacy-sites-8018018

The US Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management has awarded multiple contracts to provide nationwide deactivation, decommissioning and removal (DD&R) services at "excess" facilities across the EM complex.

Date: Wednesday, 08 July 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/US-awards-multiple-decommissioning-contracts-for-l

The US Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) and Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) have completed of a multi-year campaign to move used highly enriched uranium (HEU) from Canada to the USA.

Date: Friday, 21 February 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrepatriation-of-used-fuel-completed-from-canada-to-usa-7782374

US-based BWX Technologies announced that the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) had awarded an initial $3.6 million contract to BWXT Nuclear Operations Group as the manufacturer of a uranium-molybdenum alloy High Assay Low Enriched Uranium (U-Mo HALEU) fuel.

Date: Friday, 14 February 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbwxt-wins-contract-for-uranium-molybdenum-haleu-fuel-7770437

A campaign to move used highly enriched uranium (HEU) fuel from Canada to the USA, which began in 2015, has been completed a year ahead of schedule, the US Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) have announced.

Date: Friday, 14 February 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Canada,-USA-complete-used-fuel-return

The US Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has awarded an initial USD3.6 million contract to BWXT Nuclear Operations Group as the manufacturer of a uranium-molybdenum alloy high assay low-enriched uranium (U-Mo HALEU) fuel to facilitate the conversion of US research reactors that currently use high-enriched uranium (HEU).

Date: Thursday, 13 February 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/BWXT-to-support-HALEU-research-reactor-fuel-progra