Uranium & Fuel

Czech Republic / Russia Signs Contract To Supply Research Reactor Fuel

By David Dalton
19 March 2020

 Russia Signs Contract To Supply Research Reactor Fuel
The LVR-15 research reactor in the Czech Republic. Photo courtesy Tvel.
Russian nuclear fuel company Tvel has won a contract to supply nuclear fuel for the LVR-15 research reactor at the CVŘ nuclear research centre in Řež, the Czech Republic

Tvel, a subsidiary of state-owned nuclear corporation Rosatom, said the contract covers fuel supply in 2020 and has a structure that allows for future supplies on request.

LVR-15 is a 10-MW light-water reactor which has historically been using IRT-4M tubular fuel manufactured by the Novosibirsk Chemical Concentrates Plant in central Russia, a Tvel subsidiary.

The reactor is the major facility at CVŘ, one of the leading nuclear physics and material science institutions in Europe.

Irradiation and post-irradiation studies are carried out at CVŘ as part of development and verification of Russian fuel for large-scale commercial power reactors. In 2019, Tvel and CVŘ signed an agreement for material studies.

Scientific research at the LVR-15 will include studying radiation-induced growth and radiation-thermal creep of Russian-made zirconium alloys at low fluence of fast neutrons.

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