Friday, August 2, 2013

CANDU one option as UK efforts to deal with plutonium advance

The U.K.'s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has forwarded to the government its conclusions"regarding the management of the UK's separated plutonium stocks" - work that involved evaluation of the use of MOX fuel in traditional reactors (a preferred solution previously), the evaluation of GE-Hitachi's "PRISM" reactor, and a proposal utilizing CANDU's EC6 reactors

The CANMOX solution would involve Candu Energy building four Generation III Enhanced CANDU 6® (EC6®) reactors to reuse the UK's existing plutonium stockpile as fuel to produce up to 2800MWe of low carbon power for sale to UK consumers. The 60 year design life EC6 reactor has successfully completed its formal regulatory design review by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC).
"Candu Energy's aim in the UK is to develop an integrated solution to safely, securely and efficiently dispose of the country's civil plutonium stockpile," said Dr. Alizadeh, "which would result in the construction of safe, reliable and economic EC6 reactors and provide high value UK content, and long-term UK jobs in construction, supply chain and operation for both the fuel plant and reactors."
The entire press release can be read at CANDU Energy Inc.

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