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Kazakh-Chinese joint venture made the first delivery of fuel assemblies to nuclear power plants in China

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Kazakh-Chinese joint venture made the first delivery of fuel assemblies to nuclear power plants in China

A Kazakh-Chinese joint venture has made the first delivery of fuel assemblies to nuclear power plants in China, Eurasianet writes citing a statement from the Kazatomprom press service.


This delivery is an important milestone in the development of relations between Beijing and Astana in the field of nuclear energy

- said representatives of the world's largest producer of natural uranium.

The press release of Kazatomprom dated December 7, cited by the publication, says that 30 tons of low-enriched uranium (LEU) were shipped by rail in the form of nuclear fuel assemblies to China, where they were transferred to the customer - Chinese General Nuclear power corporation.

As stated in the material, the above-mentioned assemblies were manufactured at a plant in Ust-Kamenogorsk by Ulba-TVS LLP, 51% of which is owned by Kazatomprom, and 49% by CGNPC, China's largest state-owned nuclear company.

The enterprise is capable of producing up to 200 tons of LEU per year in the form of ready-to-use rods, complete with uranium fuel pellets. Chinese CGNPC will use them in nuclear reactors.

The publication emphasizes that the above-mentioned statement of Kazatomprom appeared a little more than a year after the opening of the plant.

According to the management of the "uranium giant", the contract for the supply of fuel assemblies to CGNPC was signed for a period of at least 20 years.

The delivery confirmed the reputation of Kazatomprom as a reliable and priority supplier in the global nuclear fuel market.

- quotes the publication of the general director of the company Yerzhan Mukanov.

It is worth recalling that our country is also developing its "nuclear relations" with China. Back in September, Rosatom reported that it had delivered the first batch of nuclear fuel for a fast neutron reactor being built by China National Nuclear Corporation.
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  1. dmi.pris1
    dmi.pris1 8 December 2022 18: 09
    +1
    Yeah, they don’t make fuel rods. Only tubes with LEU, according to the drawings of the Chinese. I wonder what kind of reactors the Chinese have?
    1. Alexga
      Alexga 8 December 2022 18: 22
      +2
      Yeah, fuel rods don't.

      If you believe this: "A fuel assembly (FA) is a machine-building product containing fissile substances and designed to generate thermal energy in a nuclear reactor through a controlled nuclear reaction

      Usually it is a tetrahedral (PWR) or hexagonal (VVER) bundle of fuel elements (TVELs) 2,5–3,5 m long (which approximately corresponds to the height of the core) and 30–40 cm in diameter, made of stainless steel or zirconium alloy ( to reduce the absorption of neutrons). "That's what they do, in any case, at the beginning of the article, it was about fuel assemblies.
    2. Peter1First
      Peter1First 8 December 2022 18: 30
      +4
      I think that China is bringing them uranium enriched in their centrifuges, which they body with their natural uranium into tablets, put into Chinese tubes, then form assemblies from them and return all this back to China. Those. China brought dirty production to a neighboring country
  2. voice of reason
    voice of reason 8 December 2022 18: 12
    -4
    someone is nuclear power, someone is candles and a torch and heating with dung. Feel the difference between being a friend of Russia and an enemy...
  3. Tusv
    Tusv 8 December 2022 18: 39
    +4
    Quote: dmi.pris
    Only pipes with LEU, according to the drawings of the Chinese.

    Not. Drawings and technologies of Rosatom. From the uranium enrichment center of JSC TsOU, which includes JSC NAC Kazatomprom
  4. ASM
    ASM 8 December 2022 19: 16
    0
    Why wasn't Russia mentioned? Kazakhstan does not have industrial uranium enrichment. Kazakhs mine uranium in full growth, then it goes to the Russian Federation, where fuel is made from it. Fuel and waste are returned to Kazakhstan. Here, the joint ventures of Kazakhstan and China can already make "pills" themselves. After the "tablets" are worked out, they are either sent to the landfill or back to the Russian Federation, since only we can get at least 3 times more raw materials for MOX fuel from mining than anyone else in the world. Then the raw materials and waste will go back, I wonder, to Kazakhstan or China, or will the ready-made Mox fuel go? It's just that Mox is made on an industrial scale by France and the Russian Federation.
  5. Ryaruav
    Ryaruav 8 December 2022 19: 29
    0
    at this enterprise, I think mostly Russians work
  6. solar
    solar 8 December 2022 23: 23
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    It is worth recalling that our country is also developing its "nuclear relations" with China. Back in September, Rosatom reported that it had delivered the first batch of nuclear fuel for a fast neutron reactor being built by China National Nuclear Corporation.

    They are growing a competitor who will force them out of the market, as is happening before our eyes in the arms market.
    Greed knows no bounds, at least to snatch a piece, but now, while in office, and then at least the grass does not grow.