Areva Begins MOX Fuel Production for Dutch Nuclear Plant
Areva has started producing the first mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel for use in the Borssele nuclear power plant, the Netherlands.
In 2008, the Dutch utility EPZ selected Areva to fabricate MOX fuel for 500 megawatt (MW) Borssele nuclear plant, Areva said in a statement.
EPZ received a governmental license this year for the authorization to load in the reactor eight MOX assemblies in 2014, followed by 12 assemblies each year.
The use of MOX fuel will enable EPZ to fully utilize the economic and environmental advantages associated with used fuel recycling, Areva said.
The Netherlands becomes the seventh country to use or have used MOX fuel in its nuclear reactors, including, among others, Germany, Switzerland, France, and Japan.