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US project to recycle naval fuel gets Senate approval

Waste and Recycling

22 June 2018

The US Senate has approved a proposal for a USD15 million pilot programme to recycle used naval nuclear fuel for use as fuel in advanced nuclear reactors. The proposal - an amendment to the fiscal 2019 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill - was adopted by the full Senate by 87 votes to 9.

Tests begin on Framatome accident-tolerant fuel

Uranium and Fuel

18 June 2018

ATR_test_loading_(INL)-48Framatome's accident-tolerant fuel is now being tested in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) at Idaho National Laboratory, the US Department of Energy has announced. The fuel is being developed through a US Department of Energy programme which aims to commercialise ATF by 2025.

Olkiluoto EPR prepares for fuel loading

New Nuclear

30 May 2018

Olkiluoto 3 control room - 48Hot functional tests have been completed at the Olkiluoto 3 EPR, Finnish utility Teollisuuden Voima Oyj announced today. The company said preparations have already started for loading fuel into the core of the 1600 MWe pressurised water reactor ahead of its start-up later this year.

Full-scale tests to start soon at Finnish repository

Waste and Recycling

20 June 2018

Disposal canister - 48Finnish waste management company Posiva said it will soon begin the full-scale final disposal test for used nuclear fuel at the Onkalo underground characterisation facility. The test is designed to demonstrate that the final disposal process will work as planned, a condition for obtaining an operating licence for the repository under construction at Olkiluoto.

Tepco frees up Fukushima Daiichi fuel storage space

Waste and Recycling

05 June 2018

Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) has begun transferring some of the fuel assemblies currently stored in the communal fuel storage pool at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan to an on-site temporary dry storage facility. The company aims to clear sufficient space for the fuel assemblies held in unit 3's pool.

Framatome to supply EDF with reprocessed uranium fuel

Uranium and Fuel

25 May 2018

Framatome has signed a contract to design, fabricate and supply fuel assemblies using enriched reprocessed uranium to French utility EDF between 2023 and 2032. Framatome noted the project is subject to administrative and regulatory authorisations.