Elemash Machine-building plant in Elektrostal, Mosow region (an enterprise of the TVEL Fuel Company of Rosatom) manufactured 32 mock-ups of control and protection system assemblies for CFR-600, the first high-capacity fast reactor in China. The products were accepted by the customer and shipped to China for testing of the simulation reactor core: before the launch of a new power unit, dummies of fuel assemblies, as well as assemblies of the control and protection system get loaded into the reactor core and then unloaded, to test the key systems of the facility.
TVEL JSC and the Chinese company CNLY (a CNNC subsidiary) signed the contract for supply of nuclear fuel for the CFR-600 reactor at the end of December 2018. To accomplish the contract, Elemash plant modernized the facility for fabrication of fast reactors fuel. In 2021, the new production site was commissioned for the batch production of fuel assemblies for the reactor of Chinese design.
“Rosatom is fully prepared to provide CFR-600 with nuclear fuel. The batch production of fuel pellets has already started. In 2022, Elemash plant will begin fabrication of CFR-600 fuel assemblies, as well as reactor control and protection assemblies, for the first commercial supply to China. This project further enhances development of Russian-Chinese cooperation in the nuclear fuel cycle, ” Oleg Grigoryev, Senior Vice President for Commerce and International Business at TVEL, commented.
Elemash plant has more than 40 years of experience in production of uranium fuel for fast sodium-cooled reactors, functioning at the Beloyarsk NPP. Rosatom is also actively developing production of uranium-plutonium fuel for fast reactors - oxide MOX fuel and nitride MNUP fuel.
After commissioning of the 600 MW CFR-600 power unit in China, it will become the only functioning high-capacity fast reactor outside of Russia. In addition, the pilot 20 MW CEFR Chinese fast neutron reactor, based at the China Institute of Atomic Energy CIAE, has been running on Russian nuclear fuel since.
TVEL Fuel Company of Rosatom (the Fuel division of the State Corporation Rosatom) includes enterprises for the manufacture of nuclear fuel, conversion and enrichment of uranium, production of gas centrifuges, as well as research and design organizations.
This year the company celebrates its 25th anniversary. Established in 1996, today the company is one of the largest suppliers of fuel for the global nuclear power industry, continues to strengthen its position by implementing new production projects. In the entire history of TVEL, there have been no complaints from customers about the quality of products. Being the only supplier of nuclear fuel for Russian nuclear power plants, TVEL provides fuel to a total of 75 power reactors in 15 countries, research reactors in nine countries of the world, as well as transport reactors of the Russian nuclear fleet. Every sixth power reactor in the world is powered by TVEL fuel.
Rosatom's fuel division is the world's largest producer of enriched uranium, as well as the leader of the global market for stable isotopes. The Fuel Division is actively developing new businesses in the field of chemistry, metallurgy, energy storage technologies, 3D printing, digital products, as well as decommissioning of nuclear facilities. Rosatom's industry integrators for additive technologies and power storage systems have been created in the Fuel Company TVEL circuit. http://www.tvel.ru