dismantled Russian nuclear weapons into MOX fuel
BBC Monitoring Service - United Kingdom; Apr 13,
Mito, Japan, 12 April: The Japan Nuclear Cycle Development Institute announced
Friday [12 April] it has successfully refined plutonium
removed from dismantled Russian nuclear
weapons into plutonium-uranium mixed oxide (MOX) fuel, which
was then burned in a Russian nuclear
Officials of the institute said it is the first
international cooperation effort under which a Japanese
institute dismantled Russian nuclear
The institute has processed about 20 kg of plutonium, taken
from Russian nuclear weapons in
cooperation with Russia's Research Institute for Atomic
Reactors (RIAR), into MOX fuel since 1999.
The institute then burned the fuel in the Russian BN600
fast reactor, and confirmed there were no abnormalities in the
fuel, the officials said.
The institute is expected to dispose of 20 tonnes of
plutonium to be extracted from dismantled Russian nuclear weapons by 2020, the officials
MOX fuel is designed to be used in light-water reactors in
the so-called "pluthermal process", which the Japanese
government has deemed necessary for its nuclear fuel cycle policy.
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