Uranium & Fuel

Uranium & Fuel
Energoatom contracts Westinghouse for VVER-440 fuel supply

Energoatom contracts Westinghouse for VVER-440 fuel supply

Westinghouse and Energoatom have signed a VVER-440 fuel supply contract fuel for the Rovno nuclear power plant in Ukraine. The contract - for the development and delivery of licensing documentation - was signed yesterday by Energoatom Acting President Petro Kotin and Westinghouse Vice President and Managing Director Northern and Eastern Europe Aziz Dag, at the Ministry of Energy of Ukraine, in the presence of Minister of Energy Herman Halushchenko.

Uranium & Fuel 11 June 2021


US uranium purchases slightly up for 2020: EIA

US uranium purchases slightly up for 2020: EIA

The vast majority of uranium delivered in 2020 to the owners and operators of US civilian nuclear power reactors was of foreign origin, according to the latest annual report from the US Energy Information Administration. Nearly half (47%) of the uranium purchased during the year originated in Kazakhstan, Russia, and Uzbekistan, with 34% originating in Australia and Canada.

Uranium & Fuel 25 May 2021


Modified fuel assemblies developed for Loviisa units

Modified fuel assemblies developed for Loviisa units

TVEL, the fuel manufacturer subsidiary of Russia's Rosatom, has completed development of a new modification of VVER-440 fuel for the Loviisa nuclear power plant in Finland. It says the modified VVER-440 fuel bundle with higher uranium load will enhance the efficiency of fuel usage, as well as the power plant's operation in general.

Uranium & Fuel 24 May 2021


Lightbridge demonstrates SMR fuel manufacturing process

Lightbridge demonstrates SMR fuel manufacturing process

Lightbridge Corporation has demonstrated the manufacturing process for surrogate fuel rods for commercial-scale small modular reactors, using an internally developed and patented high-temperature coextrusion process.

Uranium & Fuel 12 May 2021


Cameco increases uranium purchases to meet contracts

Cameco increases uranium purchases to meet contracts

Production at the Cigar Lake uranium mine in northern Saskatchewan, Canada, resumed near the end of April following the second COVID-19 related shutdown, Cameco said on 7 May whilst announcing its results for the first quarter of 2021. The company said its deliveries to customers in 2020 were not impacted by the pandemic and it does not expect there to be a material impact on its 2021 deliveries. However, it now expects to purchase more uranium in order to meet its supply contracts.

Uranium & Fuel 10 May 2021


Orano Mining continues to invest, says Maes

Orano Mining continues to invest, says Maes

Orano is confident about its uranium mining future and will continue to invest in its projects while remaining committed to being a responsible mining company at all stages of operation, Orano Mining CEO Nicolas Maes told delegates at the World Nuclear Fuel Cycle forum today.

Uranium & Fuel 15 April 2021


US conversion plant gears up for next 40 years

US conversion plant gears up for next 40 years

The business case behind the decision to restart the USA's only domestic uranium conversion facility announced earlier this year rested on suitable answers to several "puzzle piece" questions falling into place, ConverDyn's Malcolm Critchley told the World Nuclear Fuel Cycle forum yesterday.

Uranium & Fuel 14 April 2021


TRISO fuel made in Canada for first time

TRISO fuel made in Canada for first time

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories has fabricated proprietary advanced fuel pellets for Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation's Micro Modular Reactor. This is the first time that a TRISO-based nuclear fuel has been manufactured in Canada.

Uranium & Fuel 14 April 2021


USA preparing to lead advanced nuclear fuel supply, says Korsnick

USA preparing to lead advanced nuclear fuel supply, says Korsnick

There is bipartisan support in the USA for the country to be the world's leading supplier of fuel for advanced reactors, Maria Korsnick, president and CEO of the Nuclear Energy Institute, said today during the World Nuclear Fuel Cycle forum, which the NEI is co-hosting this week with World Nuclear Association.

Uranium & Fuel 13 April 2021


Plant upgrades ensure continued TRIGA fuel supply

Plant upgrades ensure continued TRIGA fuel supply

A major renovation project has been completed at TRIGA International's fuel fabrication facility in Romans-sur-Isère, southeastern France. The facility is the only supplier of uranium-zirconium hydride fuel for use in TRIGA-type research reactors. The upgrades will ensure the continued operation of 36 such reactors around the world.

Uranium & Fuel 12 April 2021