Belgonucléaire produces MOX fuel pellets in the P0 plant at Mol/Dessel.
For 15 years-since the middle of the 1980s-this plant has been the largest
supplier worldwide of light water reactor MOX. It mainly supplied MOX
fuel to Swiss, French and German utilities. Japanese utilities have
signed a supply contract and some fuel is planned to leave for Japan
in early 1999. The planned sea shipment has already raised concerns
because of the environmental and proliferation risks involved. The plutonium
for the MOX fuel mainly came from the La Hague reprocessing plant. Some
also came from the Sellafield reprocessing plants. Belgonucléaire was
planning to build another MOX plant on the same site, which was to be
called P1. However, the licensing procedure for this plant was cancelled
by a high administrative court.
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