Moscow, January 11 - Neftegaz.RU. TVEL and Chinese company CNLY have signed the contract for supply of nuclear fuel for CFR-600 fast-neutron reactor which is currently under construction. The contract covers the initial loading of nuclear fuel, as well as supplies for refueling during the 1st 7 years of the reactor operation.
New manufacturing line for the CFR-600 fuel assemblies is planned at the Machine-building Plant. The Chinese side addressed ROSATOM with a request for production of the CFR-600 fuel assemblies, considering its almost 40 years long experience of nuclear fuel manufacturing for the Russian fast-neutron reactors.
«TVEL is committed to all-encompassing cooperation with the Chinese partners in the field of fast-neutron reactors and closing of nuclear fuel cycle. In addition to our long-time experience with uranium-based fuel manufacturing for commercial fast-neutron reactors, in 2018, Rosatom has launched batch production of uranium-and-plutonium MOX fuel for the BN-800 reactor. Our Chinese portfolio also includes the contract for supply of uranium-based fuel for the China Experimental Fast Reactor CEFR, with fuel deliveries already taking place,» Natalia Nikipelova, the president of TVEL, commented on the signing.
The CFR-600 fuel contract has been signed as a part of the agreement between Russia and China on the joint construction and operation of the demonstration fast reactor in China. It is a part of a large-scale program of bilateral cooperation in nuclear industry for the decades ahead.
In particular, the agreement covers construction of innovative power units of the Russian design (generation III +) with VVER-1200 reactors at 2 sites in China - Tianwan NPP and Xudabao NPP. The package of intergovernmental documents and framework contracts for these projects was signed on June 8, 2018, during the visit of Vladimir Putin to Beijing and meeting with President of China Xi Jinping.
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