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IAEA offer of assistance to countries in the choice of reactor technologies actualizes the operation of nuclear fuel from Westinghouse at Ukrainian NPPs

IAEA offer of assistance to countries in the choice of reactor technologies actualizes the operation of nuclear fuel from Westinghouse at Ukrainian NPPs

The International Atomic Energy Agency says it is about to offer new tools to help countries select suitable nuclear reactor technologies. The IAEA notes that such assistance is offered to countries that want to either introduce nuclear technologies in terms of "peaceful atom" for the first time, or expand existing programs.

The secretariat of the agency notes that not all countries on whose territory there are nuclear facilities “come to the same conclusion on how to handle nuclear waste, how to approach the issue of performance requirements, and the economic feasibility of projects.”

To "facilitate" this task, the IAEA offers, as they themselves report, an information module for those countries that are interested in the safe operation of nuclear reactors.


To help overcome possible technical misunderstandings between the technology provider and the evaluator, the new appendix provides details on the information that can be requested from technology providers. A new set of tools could make the process easier for countries looking to determine which technology might be best for them.

In this regard, a number of questions arise. They are connected with the operation of nuclear reactors in Ukraine. When Westinghouse nuclear fuel was imported to Ukrainian nuclear power plants, did the IAEA somehow advise Ukrainian nuclear scientists on how suitable Western fuel assemblies are in terms of efficiency and safety for nuclear reactors that are installed at Ukrainian nuclear power plants? If consulted, what were the written recommendations? If you didn’t consult, it turns out that in Ukraine, without any participation of the international regulator, they started at one time an extremely dangerous experiment with the replacement of one type of fuel with another.

Moreover, there is still no unequivocal report from the IAEA that the combined use of Russian fuel assemblies TVS-A and American TVS-W led to a serious problem, including damage to the elements of the spacer array of TVS-W assemblies. If this report exists, then where is the answer to the question, what exactly caused this kind of problems?

If the IAEA still does not have answers to these questions, then the current position on creating tools to assist countries in the selection of suitable nuclear reactor technologies looks “interesting”. But are the IAEA sure that they know exactly what technologies are suitable for certain countries, or when it comes to the promotion of Western technologies, can one turn a blind eye to security? No less “interesting” are the words of concern about safety at the Zaporizhzhya NPP from the head of the IAEA, according to which, apparently, it is necessary to conclude that it is “unsafe” at this nuclear power plant just because it is under Russian control.

And when the above-mentioned American fuel was introduced at the South Ukrainian NPP, for some reason this fact did not cause any concerns in terms of safety among the management of the agency.
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  1. silberwolf88
    silberwolf88 7 December 2022 13: 22
    All these international firms are always for business… openly lobbying those who feed them… now their concern, as I understand it, will result in an attempt to minimize the dominance of Rosatom… the rest is candy wrappers
    1. Fat
      Fat 7 December 2022 13: 40
      France needs a lot of uranium. The competition is high. Three monsters share under 80% of the market. Actually, the French "Areva", the Anglo-Saxon "Westinghouse" with Japan attached, and the Russian Rosatom.

      For the Anglo-Saxon world, France is a natural competitor. Therefore, the Canadian mines of Areva may be in question; they were thrown out of Australia (along with submarines).
  2. Ulan.1812
    Ulan.1812 7 December 2022 13: 24
    Everything is sewn with white threads. The message is clear. They will recommend American technologies and refuse Russian ones.
    Mattress covers and the IAEA were driven away.
    It’s also a question, Russia is taking spent nuclear fuel from its reactors, but where will those who build American reactors dispose of the waste?
    However, the Americans and the IAEA do not care about this.
    1. Wedmak
      Wedmak 7 December 2022 14: 20
      and where will those who build American ones dispose of their waste?

      Give us for processing. For a dime. No one else has such SNF processing capacities.
      1. Ulan.1812
        Ulan.1812 7 December 2022 16: 39
        Quote: Wedmak
        and where will those who build American ones dispose of their waste?

        Give us for processing. For a dime. No one else has such SNF processing capacities.

        For a lot of money and good behavior. laughing
  3. Wedmak
    Wedmak 7 December 2022 13: 27
    Exactly! This IAEA broke down, (bring another) it is completely under the control of the states. Even before they arrived at the ZNPP, I thought that they would somehow be able to independently assess what was happening there. The spell was broken on the second day of their stay there. "They are shooting, but we can't figure out who..." Although fragments of a 155 mm shell were shoved almost under their noses. Well, yes, all over the world they lie in the mezzanine of any person ...
  4. DIM (a)
    DIM (a) 7 December 2022 13: 29
    Who would doubt that the "International" organization will promote the interest of Westinghouse!
    1. Sith
      Sith 7 December 2022 13: 32
      The word "International" ... along the way completely became capitalist ... and not political =)
      1. tihonmarine
        tihonmarine 7 December 2022 13: 42
        Quote from Sith
        The word "International" ... along the way completely became capitalist ... and not political

        For "International", understand as "American", do not offer other options.
  5. evgen1221
    evgen1221 7 December 2022 13: 31
    Yes, all my life the West put the device both on safety and on the elimination of the consequences of an emergency,
  6. Bingo
    Bingo 7 December 2022 13: 33
    led to a serious problem, including damage to the elements of the spacer grid of the assemblies

    It can be said more simply, when a rectangular log is thrown into a hexagonal hole and it is heated, it turns into a corkscrew, wedging tightly.
    The IAEA has terribly degraded, the very fact of the discovery of such a jamb was bound to lead to an immediate ban on use. The fact is that this will lead - not "may", but will certainly lead - to a loss of control over the reactor - you can't lower or raise the moderators, everything is turned upside down there. And an uncontrollable chain reaction
    1. Vladimir80
      Vladimir80 7 December 2022 13: 47
      All the same, it is more likely that it is not the magate that is degrading, but our leaders, who still play "by the rules of gentlemen" (Anglo-Saxons) and invite "international" (American) hostile organizations, listen to their advice, fearing "isolation" and "condemnation" by the General Assembly
      1. Wedmak
        Wedmak 7 December 2022 14: 21
        There are no others at the moment, and we are not yet able to play by our own rules.
  7. Peter1First
    Peter1First 7 December 2022 13: 54
    Gesheft Westinghouse with EDF I see they want to fuck, they can imagine Russia as an aggressor unworthy of cooperation, they will recommend to everyone AP 1000 and EPR1600 only, they want to slip past Russia and China!
  8. tralflot1832
    tralflot1832 7 December 2022 14: 14
    Magate with Westinghouse, acts like in our cartoon: And so it will do! But there was just a stove. laughing
  9. kriten
    kriten 7 December 2022 14: 36
    Magate, like any UN structure, is a subsidiary of the State Department, working only for the interests of the United States.
  10. svoroponov
    svoroponov 7 December 2022 14: 43
    The Americans at one time, when they decided to get into our area of ​​​​responsibility for assemblies for nuclear power plants, copied the assembly rods. Here are just our cases of cesium and they put special steel (stainless steel). Since the return of our elements is high, the behavior of the body of the rod with the active material during heating for different metals (linear and volumetric expansions) is different.
    Their rods are in the reactor canisters and jammed (in the Czech Republic) Getting them out is crap. Stopping the block, cooling time, which is not very fast, well, extraction. Block stands, financial losses are huge. Therefore, in the future, the Americans took this into account both in terms of design and filling - 30 percent of the fuel (they buy tablets from us for their rods) The rest is in Europe (France below). In addition, there, not our fuel, the degree of enrichment is slightly lower, here the total output power of stations with this fuel is lower and it cannot produce the declared design capacity.
    Yes, even. Americans do not process spent fuel and do not take it out to themselves. Ukrainians will still be very sorry that they were contacted. Not right away, but over time it will.
    1. Peter1First
      Peter1First 7 December 2022 15: 20
      1. Maybe not from cesium, but still from zirconium? 2. There is not only a distortion of the fuel cells, but also their depressurization with the release of gases. 3. For several years, Rosatom has started making tablets with a higher degree of enrichment and, accordingly, a service life, moreover, suitable for old VVR models. 4. They decided to save on the return of spent fuel - they unfortunately have a place to store it / Chernobyl will accept everything /.
      1. svoroponov
        svoroponov 7 December 2022 15: 39
        Yes, sorry, from zirconium. At the same time, I read about the cesium bomb. Well ........
  11. APASUS
    APASUS 7 December 2022 16: 20
    Regular consultations from the IAEA are aimed at advertising Western technology and nothing more. The United States bought this whole office in the bud and offer a choice, no choice!
  12. Dmitry Karabanov
    Dmitry Karabanov 7 December 2022 20: 44
    Yes, all these IAEA, WHO and other WTOs are complete puppets of the United States, acting solely in the interests of their overlord.