Russia to supply HEU fuel for fast neutron reactor in China

Russian nuclear fuel company TVEL, a subsidiary of Rosatom, will supply fuel for the China Experimental Fast Reactor (CEFR). The shipment of fuel is expected to take place in March 2014. The cost of the contract is reported to be $60 million.

The CEFR reactor reached its first criticality in July 2010 (it was connected to the grid in July 2011). It is a sodium-cooled reactors that uses uranium oxide fuel with uranium enriched to 64.4% U-235. According to the current plans, the reactor will begin to use MOX fuel in 2015.