U.S. Department of Energy requested an export license (XSNM3795) to ship 4.97 kg of HEU to Europe. The material will be used to manufacture targets used in production of Mo-99.
The license application seeks approval of export of "4.63 kg uranium-235 contained in maximum of 4.97 kg uranium, enriched to maximum of 93.35%, in the form of unalloyed broken metal." The material will be shipped to a Framatome facility in France that will manufacture the targets, which will be irradiated in BR-2 reactor in Belgium, HFR reactor in the Netherlands, LVR-15 reactor in Czech Republic, and Maria reactor in Poland. Institute for Radioelements (IRE) in Belgium, where the targets will be reprocessed, is listed as the ultimate destination of the material. Previous license of this kind, XSNM3794 for 5.274 kg of HEU, was requested in March 2018 and granted in April 2018.