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Radioisotope supplies stable but still vulnerable

Regulation and Safety

26 September 2017

Medical_isotopes_side_event_2017_(Nassif-IAEA)-48Positive actions have resulted in more stable supplies of key medical isotopes in 2017 than predicted three years ago, but vulnerabilities remain, a side event at the International Atomic Energy Agency's 61st General Conference in Vienna heard last week.

Molten salt reactor experiment begins at Petten

New Nuclear

06 September 2017

Petten HFR - 48Irradiation tests on a mixture of lithium and thorium fluoride salts are under way at the High Flux Reactor at Petten in the Netherlands. The results will yield new data on the safe operation of molten salt reactors.

Ghanaian reactor at full power after fuel conversion

Regulation and Safety

11 August 2017

Ghana research reactor restart - 48Ghana's research reactor has achieved full power operation following its conversion to run on low-enriched uranium instead of highly-enriched uranium. It is the first of five such Chinese-supplied reactors outside of China to be converted.

Rosatom outlines future of nuclear in IAEA address

Nuclear Policies

21 September 2017

Rosatom director-general Alexey Likhachov has explained the Russian state nuclear corporation's "long-range agenda" at the 61st Regular Session of the IAEA General Conference being held this week in Vienna. During the event, Rosatom signed a number of agreements with its international partners.

High-enriched uranium returned from Ghana

Regulation and Safety

30 August 2017

Ghanaian HEU loaded on a trailer during transport to China, 29 august 2017 (IAEA - Sandor Miklos Tozser) 64x48High-enriched uranium has been flown from Ghana back to China in the removal of all such material from the country. The Ghanaian research reactor has been converted to use low-enriched fuel instead.

New isotope facility to ease pressure on supplies

Regulation and Safety

04 August 2017

Shine Building One groundbreaking - 48Radioisotope producers around the world are working to meet the capacity lost with the end of production by Canada's National Research Universal reactor in 2016. Construction of a new production facility in the USA will help to meet the growing global demand for medical radioisotopes.