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The MOX project in USA

The recycling of nuclear fuel is not limited to France alone. Other countries with a significant nuclear power infrastructure, including China, Russia, India, the United States and the United Kingdom also have recycling infrastructure or have expressed interest in having it.

 

 

The objective of the International Operations teams is to promote skills acquired in French plants in this field to meet the needs of international customers. It is also responsible for providing waste storage and disposal solutions to international customers.

  • International projects
  • United States

    The United States of America has used New AREVA's technology as part of a project to build a MOX fuel fabrication plant. This technology transfer agreement signed between New AREVA and the US Department of Energy aims to reduce a stockpile of plutonium of military origin and use it for civilian purposes by using it in MOX fuel, thus immobilizing the excess nuclear weapons materials. This plant, known as the MOX Fuel Fabrication Facility (MFFF), is located on the Savannah River site in South Carolina. Construction began on August 1, 2007 and is now more than 70% complete.

  • Asia

    China

    China’s emergence as a major nuclear power is a crucial aspect of this market. Asia is a key region for New AREVA today.

    One of the group’s priorities for the coming years is the development of a recycling plant in China.

     

    Japan

    For many years, the Recycling BU has been collaborating with Japan Nuclear Fuel Limited (JNFL) as part of a partnership in the recycling field.

    This partnership led to the construction of a used nuclear fuel recycling plant at the Rokkasho-Mura site in Japan. The plant will have a recycling capacity of about 800 metric tons per year. The Recycling BU’s International Operations team is heavily involved alongside JNFL to help ensure a successful plant startup.

    Japanese manufacturers in charge of the J-MOX project have also applied for the New AREVA technology implemented in Melox to produce MOX fuel in a plant under construction at the Rokkasho-Mura site.

    On March 4 2014, AREVA signed a new framework agreement for the further development of the Franco-Japanese partnership.

  • Europe

    United Kingdom

    On 21 December 2016, AREVA and Sellafield Ltd signed an ASSIP (1) assistance contract for the period 2017-2021. This contract broadens the outlook in the UK. New AREVA's recognized expertise in the management of transitions from production to dismantling is a valuable asset: the United Kingdom is asking AREVA to assist it for five years during the final shutdown of the Thorp (2) and Magnox (3) plants.

    New AREVA is working with the NDA to manage plutonium stocks and is looking at a global solution to use these plutonium stocks in a new MOX fuel fabrication plant to supply the English nuclear reactor fleet.

    (1) AREVA Support to Sellafield through Industrial Partnership
    (2) Theram Oxyde Reprocessing Plant. Reprocessing plant located on the Sellafield site.
    (3) Magnox fuel reprocessing plant located on the Sellafield site.

     

    Rest of Europe

    The International Operations teams are mainly active on new waste storage and disposal facility construction projects through their  longstanding relations with European customers.

    The International Operations teams are also very actively promoting New AREVA’s unique experience in the design of storage and disposal facilities for waste of all types, adapting concepts proven in France to the specific concerns of these new European customers.