Orano has been contracted to carry out preparatory work for the transport of 731 used fuel assemblies from the Fugen experimental Advanced Thermal Reactor (ATR) in Japan to France for reprocessing. Fugen was a 165 MWe heavy water moderated, boiling light water cooled reactor of the pressure tube type. It was fuelled solely with mixed oxide (MOX) uranium and plutonium fuel. The reactor – at Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture – entered commercial operation in March 1979 and was shut down in March 2003. The reactor’s decommissioning programme was approved in February 2008.
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