The annual Workshop dedicated to current issues of spent nuclear fuel management was held on the base of Rosatom Technical Academy on November 23-24. This year the event organized by the State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom (represented by the Project Office “Formation of the SNF Management System”), was held in a distance format for the first time and was devoted to the issues and prospects of the formation of a commercial product based on the use of plutonium as a material for nuclear fuel for thermal reactors.
Within the framework of the Workshop, reports were presented from representatives of the leading industry organizations included in the contour of management of ROSATOM, as well as research centers involved in the development and implementation of the ROSATOM’s strategy for the final stage of the nuclear fuel cycle. Konstantin Ivanov, head of the project office “Formation of SNF management system”, addressed the participants with a welcoming speech. The sessions were moderated by the senior manager of the office, Angelika Khaperskaya. Organized discussions between more than fifty participants of the Workshop were aimed at forming a common understanding of a number of issues and requirements for products of a Balanced nuclear fuel cycle (Balanced NFC) among representatives of various industry organizations.
At the end of the Workshop, it was once again noted that the work carried out within the framework of a Balanced NFC is primarily aimed at meeting the needs of foreign customers in the field of spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste management. Providing such support to foreign customers is one of the priorities of the State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom as a responsible vendor of nuclear energy technologies.
“Balanced NFC” is a product in the area of a new line of business for ROSATOM – the nuclear fuel cycle. This area is highly demanded both in Russia (the formation of a two-component nuclear power system based on recycling plutonium in the form of MOX and REMIX fuel) and beyond its borders, being a possible support for national nuclear energy programs through the implementation of the concept of delivery of fresh nuclear fuel and take back of spent fuel, including those from countries that have started or are planning to build nuclear power plants of Russian design.