AREVA Begins Production of the First MOX Fuel for the Netherlands
PARIS -- November 4, 2013
The fabrication of the first MOX fuel for the Borssele power plant, located in
the Netherlands, began in October at AREVA’s MELOX facility.
In 2008, the Dutch utility EPZ, which operates the 500 MWe nuclear reactor in
Borssele, decided to diversify its nuclear fuel supply and chose AREVA
(Paris:AREVA) to fabricate MOX fuel. This year EPZ received a governmental
license for the authorization to load in the reactor eight MOX assemblies in
2014 then 12 assemblies each year.
For nearly 30 years, EPZ has entrusted used fuel recycling to AREVA’s La Hague
facility, which has processed close to 375 metric tons to date. The use of MOX
fuel will enable EPZ to fully utilize the economic and environmental
advantages associated with used fuel recycling.
The Netherlands becomes the seventh country to use or have used MOX fuel in
its nuclear reactors, including, among others, Germany, Switzerland, France,
A technological solution for the responsible management of natural resources
and nuclear waste, recycling is developing on an international level. France
and the United Kingdom already operate specialized facilities, Japan is
developing currently its own industrial platform in partnership with AREVA,
and China recently signed a letter of intent with the group to supply a used
fuel treatment and recycling facility.
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carbon. Its expertise and unwavering insistence on safety, security,
transparency and ethics are setting the standard, and its responsible
development is anchored in a process of continuous improvement.
Ranked first in the global nuclear power industry, AREVA’s unique integrated
offering to utilities covers every stage of the fuel cycle, nuclear reactor
design and construction, and operating services. The group is actively
developing its activities in renewable energies – wind, bioenergy, solar and
energy storage – to become a European leader in this sector.
With these two major offers, AREVA’s 46,000 employees are helping to supply
ever safer, cleaner and more economical energy to the greatest number of
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