The enterprise has modernized the whole shop-floor for fast reactors, which involved development and installation of unique equipment.
The 《dummy》fuel bundles for CFR-600 are already manufactured for testing.
The new production site was established for fulfillment of the contract between TVEL and the Chinese CNLY (a subsidiary of CNNC Corporation) for supply of uranium fuel for the CFR-600 reactor, including start-up loading, as well as refueling for the 1st 7 years of the power unit operation.
The start of the CFR-600 fuel supplies to China is scheduled for 2023.
Natalia Nikipelova, President of TVEL, stated:
- Russian nuclear industry has a unique 40 years long experience in fast reactors operation and production of fuel for such installations;
- The Fuel Division of ROSATOM fully accomplishes its obligations within the Russian-Chinese cooperation in development of fast reactor technologies;
- These are unique projects when foreign design fuel is produced in Russia;
- Since 2010, the 1st Chinese fast breeder reactor CEFR has been operating on fuel manufactured at Elemash plant, and to provide the supply of the CFR-600 fuel, a team of the Elemash and TVEL specialists has successfully completed a complex high-tech project to modernize the fabrication facility.
In the near future, production of the standard BN-600 will start on the new shop-floor.