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COVID-19 did not change the plans of "Rosatom" for the production of fuel for nuclear power plants of the future

The situation with coronavirus infection has not violated the terms of the enterprise of Rosatom state Corporation "Mining and chemical combine" (MCC, Zheleznogorsk, Krasnoyarsk Krai) for the industrial production of so-called mixed oxide uranium-plutonium MOX-fuel is planned to be used in the nuclear energy future, reported the press service of the MCC.

According to the report, in the first half of this year, despite COVID-19, "all production plans are achieved". "It is particularly important that the plant fuel fabrication did a half for the production of fuel assemblies of MOX fuel", - is spoken in the message.

Rosatom is developing technologies necessary for the solution of strategic tasks on creation in Russia's closed nuclear fuel cycle and two-component nuclear energy with reactors on thermal and fast neutrons. In such a loop will create a "cycle" of nuclear fuel. The result is due to the expanded reproduction of nuclear "fuel", as it is believed, will significantly increase the fuel base of nuclear energy, and will also be able to reduce the volume of radioactive waste due to the "burning" of dangerous radionuclides. Russia, according to experts, ranks first in the world in the technology for the construction of reactors on fast neutrons.

In January of this year, it was reported that the reactor on fast neutrons bn-800 unit 4 of Beloyarsk NPP was loaded with the first production batch of the industrial MOX fuel production of MCC. In the MOX fuel used depleted uranium and plutonium allocated during the processing of spent nuclear fuel of thermal neutron reactors, which are the basis of modern nuclear power. The bn-800 reactor is designed for the practical demonstration of production of MOX fuel.

It is planned that in 2022, the power unit №4 of Beloyarsk NPP for the first time in the history of domestic nuclear energy will be the industrial MOX fuel. This is an important step towards the closure of the nuclear fuel cycle.

Unit No. 4 of Beloyarsk NPP with bn-800 reactor became the prototype of more powerful commercial fast reactors of the bn-1200. Earlier it was reported that the decision to build a pilot unit bn-1200 also at Beloyarsk NPP can be made in early 2020-ies.