Uranium & Fuel

Uranium & Fuel
IAEA fuel bank receives first delivery of uranium

IAEA fuel bank receives first delivery of uranium

The International Atomic Energy Agency yesterday took delivery of the first shipment of low-enriched uranium at a purpose-built storage facility at the Ulba Metallurgical Plant in eastern Kazakhstan. The delivery marks the official start of operation of the IAEA LEU Bank, aimed at providing assurance to countries about the availability of nuclear fuel.

Uranium & Fuel 18 October 2019


Paladin looks to rapid restart for Langer Heinrich

Paladin looks to rapid restart for Langer Heinrich

Paladin Energy Ltd's pre-feasibility study for the restart of the Langer Heinrich uranium mine has delivered improved economics and potential for capacity expansion. The Namibian mine could return to production within 12 months of a restart decision and favourable market conditions, the company said.

Uranium & Fuel 14 October 2019


BWXT ramps up TRISO fuel production capacity

BWXT ramps up TRISO fuel production capacity

BWX Technologies, Inc announced today that it is in the process of restarting its existing uranium oxycarbide tristructural isotropic (TRISO) fuel production line at its Lynchburg, Virginia facility. The company - the only US manufacturer of such fuel - also plans to expand its production capacity.

Uranium & Fuel 02 October 2019


Commercial production of Hualong One fuel begins

Commercial production of Hualong One fuel begins

China National Nuclear Corporation has started mass production of China Fuel 3 (CF3) fuel assemblies for the domestically-designed HPR1000 (Hualong One) pressurised water reactor design.

Uranium & Fuel 26 September 2019


Lightbridge demonstrates SMR fuel rod manufacturing

Lightbridge demonstrates SMR fuel rod manufacturing

Lightbridge Corporation and Enfission, LLC have demonstrated the manufacturing process and fabrication of Lightbridge Fuel surrogate rods in a length that could be usable in NuScale Power's small modular reactors.

Uranium & Fuel 23 September 2019


Kazatomprom signs uranium supply contract with Brazil's INB

Kazatomprom signs uranium supply contract with Brazil's INB

Kazakhstan's JSC National Atomic Company Kazatomprom announced today it had signed a commercial agreement to supply natural uranium to Indústrias Nucleares do Brasil (INB). Kazatomprom said it had won INB's tender to supply natural uranium hexafluoride for the needs of the Brazilian nuclear power industry.

Uranium & Fuel 13 September 2019


USA begins first commercial testing of silicide fuel

USA begins first commercial testing of silicide fuel

Lead test assemblies of Westinghouse EnCore fuel rods containing uranium silicide fuel pellets have been loaded into a commercial nuclear power plant for the first time. The fuels, developed through the US Department of Energy's accident tolerant fuels programme, were loaded into Exelon's Byron unit 2 during a scheduled refuelling outage.

Uranium & Fuel 11 September 2019


World Nuclear Association sees upturn in uranium demand

World Nuclear Association sees upturn in uranium demand

Rapid growth in uranium demand will lead to a need for additional mined uranium in the period to 2040 in all scenarios given in the latest edition of World Nuclear Association's fuel report. Projections for nuclear generating capacity growth have been revised upwards for the first time in eight years, following the introduction of more favourable policies in a number of countries.

Uranium & Fuel 05 September 2019


Energoatom and Westinghouse plan VVER-440 fuel cooperation

Energoatom and Westinghouse plan VVER-440 fuel cooperation

Ukraine's Energoatom and Westinghouse of the USA have signed a preliminary agreement for Westinghouse to manufacture fuel for VVER-440 reactors in the country. Ukraine has two VVER-440s - units 1 and 2 of the Rovno nuclear power plant.

Uranium & Fuel 05 September 2019


Orano and GoscomGeology plan JV in Uzbek uranium mining

Orano and GoscomGeology plan JV in Uzbek uranium mining

French Orano has signed a partnership agreement with Uzbekistan's State Committee for Geology and Mineral Resources to develop uranium mining activities in the Central Asian country. They plan to create a joint venture in the coming months, with 51% held by Orano and 49% held by GoscomGeo.

Uranium & Fuel 05 September 2019