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16.11.2021 14:07

TVEL subsidiary starts regular supplies of low-enriched uranium to Kazakhstan for fuel fabrication

TVEL subsidiary starts regular supplies of low-enriched uranium to Kazakhstan for fuel fabrication

The Uranium Enrichment Center (UEC; a joint venture of Rosatom’s TVEL Fuel company and Kazatomprom) has carried out the first supply of enriched uranium product to Kazakhstan for the Ulba Fuel Assembly Plant, a joint Kazakh-Chinese enterprise in Ust-Kamenogorsk, established for fabrication of nuclear fuel for NPPs in China.

Commercial supplies of low-enriched uranium, produced by the Urals Electrochemical Combine (an enterprise of TVEL Fuel company), for the Ulba Fuel Assembly Plant will be carried out from Russia’s Novouralsk to Ust-Kamenogorsk in Kazakhstan on a permanent basis, in accordance with the contract between UEC and Kazatomprom.

Earlier, in 2019, UEC supplied enriched uranium for the IAEA Low Enriched Uranium Bank, established on the site of the Ulba Metallurgical Plant, in Ust-Kamenogorsk.

“The Uranium Enrichment Center project proves its efficiency in the current market conditions, which enables further development of Russian-Kazakh cooperation in nuclear fuel cycle”, Oleg Grigoriev, Senior Vice-President for Commerce and International Business at TVEL Fuel Company, commented.

The Uranium Enrichment Center (UEC) is a joint venture of TVEL Fuel Company and Kazatomprom in Novouralsk, Russia’s Sverdlovsk region.

TVEL Fuel Company of Rosatom (the Fuel division of Rosatom State Corporation) includes enterprises for the manufacture of nuclear fuel, conversion and enrichment of uranium, production of gas centrifuges, as well as research and design organizations.

This year the company celebrates its 25th anniversary. Established in 1996, today the company is one of the largest suppliers of fuel for the global nuclear power industry, continues to strengthen its position by implementing new production projects. In the entire history of TVEL, there have been no complaints from customers about the quality of products. Being the only supplier of nuclear fuel for Russian nuclear power plants, TVEL provides fuel to a total of 75 power reactors in 15 countries, research reactors in nine countries of the world, as well as transport reactors of the Russian nuclear fleet. Every sixth power reactor in the world is powered by TVEL fuel.

Rosatom's fuel division is the world's largest producer of enriched uranium, as well as the leader of the global market for stable isotopes. The Fuel Division is actively developing new businesses in the field of chemistry, metallurgy, energy storage technologies, 3D printing, digital products, as well as decommissioning of nuclear facilities. Rosatom's industry integrators for additive technologies and power storage systems have been created in the Fuel Company TVEL circuit. http://www.tvel.ru   

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