Newsletter N° 11 (Netherlands)

Following are two tables which give a WISE-Paris estimate for the inventory of separated plutonium and the inventory of plutonium in spent fuel for the Netherlands, as of 1 January 1999.

Production and Inventory of Separated Plutonium (kg)

Plant and Operator
Reprocessing Plant and End Use for the Plutonium
Dodewaard (GKN)
8.5 tonnes reprocessed at Eurochemic, which generated 47,4 kg plutonium (used for testing and FBR programme)
Borssele (EPZ)


- 85 tonnes reprocessed at COGEMA's UP2 plant, which generated 620 kg plutonium (used for the FBR programmes)

- 140 tonnes reprocessed at COGEMA's UP3 plant, which generated at least 1,000 kg plutonium (not used, stored at La Hague)

TOTAL
233.5 tonnes reprocessed, which generated at least 1,670 kg plutonium

(Source: Tweede Kamer 1985, COGEMA, WISE-Paris)


Spent Fuel to be Reprocessed and Plutonium Content
Plant and Operator
Reprocessing Plant
Dodewaard (GKN)
53 tonnes to be reprocessed at BNLFL's Thorp plant, which should generate at least 300 kg plutonium
Borssele (EPZ)
156 tonnes to be reprocessed at COGEMA's UP3 plant, which should generate at least 1,100 kg plutonium
TOTAL
209 tonnes to be reprocessed, which should generate at least 1,400 kg plutonium
(Source: COGEMA, WISE-Paris)

       The two Dutch utilities have to manage at least 1,670 kg plutonium which has been separated from their spent fuel. A large share of this plutonium is stored at the La Hague plants with no planned end-use. Further reprocessing of spent fuel according to existing contracts with BNFL and COGEMA would generate at least 1,400 kg plutonium - for which there can be found no planned end use neither.

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