Nuclear fuel rss

Tepco study of unit 3 containment vessel under way

Regulation and Safety

21 July 2017

Fukushima Daiichi 3 PCV investigation - July 2017 - 48Tokyo Electric Power Company has confirmed the presence of what could be molten fuel within the flooded primary containment vessel of unit 3 at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. Similar surveys using robots have already been carried out at units 1 and 2 of the plant.

Vogtle 2 to load chromia fuel

Uranium and Fuel

13 July 2017

Vogtle_1_2_(Southern-NRC)-48Advanced fuel assemblies featuring chromia-doped fuel pellets and chromium-coated fuel cladding are to be loaded into a US nuclear power reactor. The fuel, developed by Areva NP under the US Department of Energy's Enhanced Accident Tolerant Fuel program, will be loaded into the Vogtle 2 plant in Georgia.

First loading campaign completed at UK dry fuel store

Waste and Recycling

06 July 2017

Sizewell B dry store fuel loading - 48EDF Energy last month marked the completion of its first used fuel loading campaign into the new dry fuel store at its Sizewell B pressurised water reactor. It is the first dry used fuel storage facility in the UK.

Ghanaian research reactor now set to run on LEU

Regulation and Safety

20 July 2017

GHARR-1 fuel conversion - 48The conversion of Ghana's research reactor to run on low-enriched uranium (LEU) instead of highly-enriched uranium (HEU) has been completed. It is the first of five such Chinese-supplied reactors outside of China to be converted.

IRSN raises issues with design of Cigéo repository

Waste and Recycling

07 July 2017

Cigeo vision (Andra) 69x48The project to construct an underground radioactive waste repository in France has achieved "satisfactory technical maturity", the country's Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety has said. However, it identified a number of issues that could potentially impact the design concept and timeline for the project.

MOX fuel shipment leaves France for Japan

Waste and Recycling

06 July 2017

Sixth MOX shipment France-Japan - 48Two ships carrying mixed oxide (MOX) fuel yesterday departed from the French port of Cherbourg en route to Japan. It is the sixth such shipment of MOX fuel from Europe to Japan.