Year 1998

RUSSIA: Minatom Makes MOX

Nucleonics Week, 5 November 1998

[Posted 11/12/1998]

The Russian Ministry of Atomic Energy (Minatom) has started manufacturing mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel assemblies, using plutonium taken from dismantled nuclear weapons. Bulat Nigmatullin, deputy minister of Minatom, told Nucleonics Week that Minatom's Research Institute of Nuclear Reactors in Dimitrovgrad has processed weapons-grade Pu and used it to manufacture some tens of kilogrammes of MOX. A MOX fuel assembly, to be used in the BN-600 type fast reactor (at Beloyarsk NPP), was made, Nigmatullin said. The MOX fuel will also be used in the Research Institute of Nuclear Reactors' 60 MW fast breeder research reactor.

Back to contents