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Světlá nad Sázavou nuclear fuel manufacturing plant project

After encountering first opposition, company abstains from plan to build nuclear fuel plant in Světlá nad Sázavou: After withdrawing from Bystřice nad Pernštejnem, the company UJP Praha today also decided to leave the town Světlá. It does not want to promote their project where people are against it from the beginning. Residents had already begun to organize petitions and to protest loudly. (ČT24 Feb. 17, 2015)
UJP Praha is now looking for another location to build the plant. (iDNES Feb. 18, 2015)

After defeat in local referendum at Bystřice nad Pernštejnem, nuclear fuel plant project now moves on to Světlá nad Sázavou: The company UJP Praha, which is the successor of the former Institute of Nuclear Fuels, expressed interest in eight hectares of land in the industrial zone in Světlá nad Sázavou. By 2020, it wants to build there a plant that would produce fuel assemblies for nuclear power plants. (denik.cz Feb. 6, 2015)
[This is developing into a classic example of nuclear plant siting: Bystřice nad Pernštejnem apparently was chosen, because the only operating uranium mine in the country (Rožná) is nearby, so the people of the area are used to processing of uranium in their neighbourhood. Moreover, the ore deposit is almost depleted, so new employment opportunities are welcome. After the people of Bystřice nevertheless rejected the new plant in a referendum, the company searched for a victim in distress and found it in the town of Světlá nad Sázavou. This town had laid out an industrial estate, but failed to attract enterprises to settle there. The town thus is obliged to return the CZK 30 million (US$ 1.23 million) grant obtained from the Ministry of Finance for the development of the site, ...unless it finds an investor such as UJP Praha.]

 

Bystřice nad Pernštejnem nuclear fuel manufacturing and depleted uranium metal processing plant project

Opposition to the project: Bystřice bez radiace

Bystřice nad Pernštejnem nuclear fuel plant project turned down in local referendum: 80% of the voters in a local referendum on the nuclear fuel plant project at Bystřice nad Pernštejnem voted against the project. 52% of the eligible voters participated in the referendum, thus meeting the 35% quorum. The vote against the project is legally binding. (iDNES.cz Oct. 11, 2014)

Local referendum to be held on nuclear fuel plant project proposed at Bystřice nad Pernštejnem: The City Hall of Bystřice has announced that a local referendum on UJP's nuclear fuel plant project will be held in autumn. (iDNES.cz June 20, 2014)

Local councilors reject sale of land for nuclear fuel plant project at Bystřice nad Pernštejnem: Local councilors last week rejected the sale of the land on which the company conducting business in the nuclear sector wanted to build its new plant. (5plus2.cz March 28, 2014)

Company presents proposal for nuclear fuel manufacturing and depleted uranium metal processing plant project at Bystřice nad Pernštejnem: The company UJP PRAHA a.s. proposes to construct a nuclear fuel manufacturing and depleted uranium metal processing plant at Bystřice nad Pernštejnem.
> Download Project proposal , Dec. 9, 2013 (905k PDF - in Czech)

TVEL wants to build nuclear fuel plant in the Czech Republic: The Russian company TVEL wants to build a nuclear fuel fabrication plant in the Czech Republic. TVEL is part of the state holding company Rosatom. (CT24 Oct. 13, 2009)

 


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CEA laser-based uranium enrichment research (SILVA)

(programme Silva Séparation Isotopique par Laser de la Vapeur Atomique)

CEA terminates laser-based uranium enrichment research

France's Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique (CEA) has completed its research on laser-based uranium enrichment (SILVA programme). The research had been performed from the mid-1980's, co-financed by COGEMA from 1993 to 2002. From 2000 to 2003, an Euro 146 million feasibility study has been performed at Pierrelatte. During this study, some 200 kilograms of enriched uranium (and about one tonne of depleted uranium) have been produced in November 2003.
After COGEMA has made a decision to replace its Eurodif gaseous diffusion plant by centrifuge technology, the SILVA programme will be discontinued. (CEA January 9, 2004)

France to abandon development of atomic vapour laser enrichment technology

Development of the Silva atomic vapour laser isotope separation process will cease by 2003, the Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique (CEA) announced. Instead, the CEA will resume R&D work on gas centrifuge enrichment technology that was suspended in 1983, when research efforts were focussed on laser enrichment technology. CEA Administrator General Pascal Colombani said that Silva proved 'difficult to implement and had an uncertain commercial future'. (UI News Briefing 01.07, Feb. 14, 2001)

 


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Nuclear fuel plant project

The Russian state corporation TVEL is interested in building a nuclear fuel production plant in Slovakia. (Hospodárske noviny Mar. 3, 2009)

 


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China ready to participate in building nuclear fuel manufacturing facilities in Ukraine: China is ready to participate in the construction of facilities for nuclear fuel production in Ukraine, the press service of the Energy and Coal Industry Ministry of Ukraine reported following the talks within the framework of the One Belt, One Road forum in Beijing. "China has expressed interest in the joint implementation of the investment project based at the mine, which is being constructed at the Novokostiantynivske uranium ore deposit, and is ready to take part in the construction of production facilities in Ukraine to manufacture fuel assemblies for Ukrainian nuclear power plants," the press service said. (Interfax May 15, 2017)

 

Westinghouse to build nuclear fuel plant in Ukraine

Ukraine said today it had reached an agreement with the US-based electric giant Westinghouse to build a nuclear fuel production unit that would help reduce its reliance on Russia. Energy Minister Igor Nasalyk told reporters that his June visit to the United States had produced an agreement for Westinghouse's Swedish nuclear production factory to build its own plant in Ukraine at an undisclosed future date. (Business Standard Aug. 4, 2016)

 

Ukraine mulls cooperation with ConverDyn for construction of conversion plant project

A private U.S. nuclear energy company could begin helping Ukraine in the production of enriched uranium, the fuel in nuclear power plants, according to a statement on Thursday (July 2) from Kiev's nuclear authority, Yadernoye Toplivo. The meeting, which took place on June 23 in Kiev between ConverDyn and Ukrainian officials, is another indication of Kiev's attempts to diversify its future energy needs and distance itself from Russian-produced energy, reports pro-Ukrainian news website UNIAN.
"At present, ConverDyn is interested in cooperation with Ukrainian companies in the field of uranium conversion services for Ukraines nuclear energy industry," the official statement reads. "During the meeting, the parties discussed the potential possibility of jointly building the uranium hexafluoride production facilities in Ukraine." (International Business Times July 3, 2015)

 


Smolyne nuclear fuel plant project, Kirovohrad Region

Ukraine to renounce Ukrainian-Russian nuclear fuel plant project: Ukraine plans renouncing a joint project with Russia, under which the two countries were to build a factory for the production of nuclear fuel, the Minister of Energy and Coalmining, Vladimir Demchishin told TASS on Wednesday (Apr. 29). Under the initial plans, the factory was to be built in the township of Smolino, Ukraine's central Kirovograd region. (Tass Apr. 29, 2015)

Russian-Ukrainian joint venture starts construction of nuclear fuel plant in Ukraine: Ukraine and Russia have begun building a nuclear fuel plant in Smolyne, Kirovohrad region. Nuclear Fuel state concern will be realising the plant construction project. A joint Ukrainian-Russian venture Nuclear Fuel Plant CJSC, founded by Nuclear Fuel SC and TVEL OJSC (Russia) will be dealing with further realisation of the project and adoption of technologies.
The construction is divided into two phases. The first phase (2012-2015) supposes fabrication of fuel rods, fuel assemblies, zirconia component parts of delivered roll stock, stainless component parts, and creation of corresponding infrastructure at the factory. The second phase (2016-2020) supposes fabrication of uranium dioxide powder, fuel pellets, and creation of corresponding infrastructure at the factory. (Ukrainian News Agency Oct. 4, 2012)

Russian-Ukrainian joint venture's nuclear fuel plant to cost US$ 350 million: Russian nuclear fuel producer TVEL estimates the construction cost for the planned Ukrainian nuclear fuel plant at US$ 300 - 350 million. Russia will provide 60% of the investment sum. The plant is to produce fuel for the Russian WWER-1000 pressurized water reactor line and is to start operation in 2014. (RIA Novosti Oct. 5, 2011)

Ukraine to build nuclear fuel plant in Zhovti Vody, Dnipropetrovsk Region: Ukraine has an intention of building a plant for production of nuclear fuel in the town of Zhovti Vody, Dnipropetrovsk region, Fuel and Energy Minister Yurii Boiko has announced in Kyiv. (Ukrainian News Agency Dec. 7, 2010)

Russia's TVEL and Ukraine's Nuclear Fuel agree to create Joint Venture for producing nuclear fuel in Ukraine: The TVEL company (Russia) and the Nuclear Fuel state concern (Ukraine) have reached agreement on creation of a 50/50 joint venture in Ukraine for production of nuclear fuel for reactors of the type VVER-1000, which are based on Russian technology. TVEL announced this in an official press release.
According to the agreement, the joint venture will have a capacity of 400 tons of uranium per year, and it may begin operation in 2012 if the Ukrainian side quickly selects and approves the site for location of the joint venture and approves the feasibility studies for it. The press release states that the two companies will soon agree and sign a plan of measures for implementation of the project and secure approval of the plan by the nuclear agencies of the two countries and begin registering the joint venture. The agreement also stresses that it is important for Ukraine to timely obtain the licenses and permits for construction, qualification, and operation of the joint venture.
In addition, TVEL affirmed its intention to transfer all the technologies for production of nuclear fuel not later than the year 2020, provide technological support for the operations of the joint venture, train the joint venture's personnel, etc. TVEL will also ensure that the Ukrainian side has access to part of the funds necessary for financing the project, and it affirmed its readiness to supply all missing components for nuclear fuel and facilitate uranium-enrichment operations. The agreement also stressed the possibility of supply of the joint venture's products to the markets of third countries in the future. (Ukrainian News Agency Oct. 27, 2010)

The Ukrainian government has declared Russian TVEL corporation the winner of a tender to build a nuclear fuel plant in Ukraine. According to the tender's terms, Ukraine hopes to have a controlling stake in the future company and insists on receiving the technology for nuclear fuel production by 2020. The new enterprise is slated to begin operation in 2013. By that time the plant will be able to produce fuel rods and assemblies totaling 200 tonnes of uranium equivalent a year. In 2017 capacity to manufacture fuel pellets will increase to 400 tonnes uranium equivalent, and in 2020 - fuel rods and assemblies totaling 400 tonnes of uranium equivalent a year. (Kyiv Post Sep. 22, 2010)

The Ministry of Fuel and Energy this week announced a tender to build a uranium plant and will pick a winner by early October, according to Deputy Fuel and Energy Minister Natalia Shumkova. Russia's OAO Tvel and Toshiba Corp.'s Westinghouse Electric Co. have the experience to build the plant, she said. (Kyiv Post June 26, 2010)

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has endorsed the Nuclear Fuel of Ukraine state program, says Natalia Shumkova, deputy minister of fuel and energy. She says in 2009 - 2013 it is planned to build on the basis of the Novokostiantyniv deposit a hydrometallurgical plant for the processing of uranium ore with a waste storage, launch the production of fuel assemblies, and create a full cycle of zirconium production, including production of tubular steel. In April 2008, the government set up the Nuclear Fuel concern based on the Eastern ore mining and dressing plant, the Novokostiantyniv uranium mine, state-run company Smoly, the Dnipropetrovsk works of precision pipes, and the Ukrainian scientific research, design and exploration institute of industrial technologies. (NRCU Sep. 25, 2009)

Ukraine plans to start production of nuclear fuel assemblies in 2013: Ukraine is planning to produce 50 fuel assemblies (FA) in 2013 under the special state economic program "Nuclear fuel of Ukraine." According to the program, creating the FA production capacities will cost some UAH 3.59 billion [US$ 428 million]. It is planned that UAH 1.285 billion of this amount will be taken from the special fund of the state budget, and UAH 2.305 billion will be raised through attracting investments and funds from enterprises. Ukraine needs to select a potential partner that possesses the technology to produce fuel for water-cooled reactors. Talks were held with JSC TVEL (Russia) and Westinghouse (United States). (Kyiv Post Mar 4, 2009)


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