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Rosatom TVEL Supplies Nuclear Fuel to Budapest Research Reactor in Hungary

Power News - Published on Fri, 18 Sep 2020

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Rosatom enterprises for the fabrication of nuclear fuel, conversion and enrichment of uranium TVEL JSC has supplied nuclear fuel for Budapest research reactor in compliance with the contract with the Centre for Energy Research of Hungarian Academy of Sciences, signed in 2019. The supplied batch of VVR-M2 fuel assemblies, manufactured by Novosibirsk Chemical Concentrates Plant of TVEL Fuel Company will cover the needs of BRR in nuclear fuel for the next several years.

Budapest research reactor is utilized for scientific and applied research in nuclear physics and material studies, in particular, for the purpose of developing nuclear power in Hungary. As the major research facility of Budapest Neutron Centre, BRR is used for studying the properties of reactor materials and nuclear fuel cycle.

The Centre for Energy Research plays a significant part in support of Paks NPP operations, the only operational NPP in Hungary provides about 50% of electricity generation in the country. This includes, in particular, such fields of studies as radiation ageing of reactor structural materials, spent fuel and radiation waste management, closing nuclear fuel cycle, reactor physics, and thermomechanical behavior of nuclear fuel.

Budapest research reactor is one of the oldest and most powerful in Central Europe. BRR is a water-cooled, water-moderated VVR-type Soviet design reactor. It went critical in 1959, and since that has been several times upgraded and modernized. During all this time, the facility has been working on fuel produced by Novosibirsk Chemical Concentrates Plant From 2012, the reactor core has been entirely loaded with low enriched fuel assemblies only. On September 1, 2020, the Centre for Energy Research celebrated its 70th anniversary.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Fri, 18 Sep 2020
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