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Arrival of the third shipment of research reactor spent fuel from Australia to France

Press release

December 07, 2003

The shipment of spent fuel from the HIFAR research reactor exploited by ANSTO (Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organization), that left Sydney last 27th of October, is expected to arrive at the COGEMA Logistics port facilities in Cherbourg (France) on December 8th, 2003.
Two similar spent fuel shipments to the COGEMA La Hague plant have already been implemented. This series of transports is operated within the framework of a contract signed by ANSTO and COGEMA in January, 1999. It meets Australian Government’s will to reduce the volume of spent fuel stored at the Lucas Heights site (Australia).

This transport operation involves 344 spent fuel elements. These elements, which stand for 9 years of HIFAR research reactor operation – that is to say 4 millions of medical treatments – , have left Australia on board a specially chartered ship (Fret Moselle) that has been designed to transport nuclear materials in compliance with the international regulations in force. The five casks guarantee the confinement of shipped materials, even in extreme, severe conditions.

Once unloaded from the ship, the transport casks will be loaded onto some dedicated trucks to be transferred to the COGEMA-La Hague plant.

A press conference will be held at the Mercure hotel of Cherbourg on December 8th, 2003, from 7:00 am.

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