Kazakhstan tests LEU fuel in IVG research reactor

In October 2017 the IVG.1M research reactor in Kazakhstan was tested with low-enriched uranium fuel assemblies in the core. The reactor reached the power level of 6 MW and worked for 5 hours 35 minutes. The test marks an important step in converting the reactor to LEU fuel.

The LEU fuel for the reactor, manufactured by the Luch enterprise in Russia, was delivered to the site before 2014. In 2015 Kazakhstan pledged to eliminate all its HEU reactor fuel.