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PostPosted: May 26, 2018 9:20 am 
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Framatome to supply EDF with reprocessed uranium fuel

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EDF studied the possibility of recycling reprocessed uranium in pressurised water reactors in the early 1980s. The utility has demonstrated the use of reprocessed uranium in its 900 MWe power plants. The first enriched reprocessed uranium manufacturing campaign took place at Romans in 1987 on behalf of EDF. Precursor fuel assemblies were loaded into Cruas unit 4 from 1987 to 1990 and a first enriched reprocessed uranium fuel reload was introduced in the same reactor in 1994. EDF has made provision to store reprocessed uranium for up to 250 years as a strategic reserve. Currently, reprocessing of 1100 tonnes of EDF used fuel per year produces 11 tonnes of plutonium (immediately recycled as mixed-oxide fuel) and 1045 tonnes of reprocessed uranium converted into stable oxide form for storage.


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PostPosted: May 28, 2018 2:12 am 
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Reprocessed uranium and plutonium are being produced but not used optimally. Fast reactor work is continuing only in Russia. Perhaps others should order fast reactors with them.


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