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Mexico Receives First Batch Of Nuclear Fuel From Russia

Russia has delivered its first batch of low-enriched uranium to Mexico’s Laguna
Verde nuclear power plant, according to Techsnabexport (Tenex) – the commercial
foreign trade arm of Russia’s atomic energy ministry (Minatom).

Tenex director-general Vladimir Smirnov said the shipment was made "at the
beginning of this year" under a 60 million US dollar contract, in which Russia is
partnered by German nuclear-services provider RWE Nukem.

The contract was signed following what Mr Smirnov described as Mexico’s first
competitive nuclear-fuel supply tender. The contract provides for nuclear fuel to
be supplied to the two units at Laguna Verde over a three-year period.

In announcing the shipment, Mr Smirnov stressed the importance of Russia’s entry
into the Mexican nuclear market, pointing out that the plant had previously
bought its fuel from the US. He added that economic development in Mexico has
sparked a "rapid growth" in demand for electricity.

Laguna Verde produced 9.6 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity in 2002 – up 10.3%
on the 2001 figure.

Russia, UK Agree On Enhanced Nuclear Co-operation

Russia and the UK have agreed to develop co-operation in the areas of nuclear
fuel cycle, reactor safety, modernisation and operating efficiency.

Minatom, Russia’s atomic energy ministry, made the announcement following a
meeting in Moscow earlier this month between atomic energy minister Alexander
Rumyantsev and Michael Parker, the chief executive of British Nuclear Fuels
(BNFL).

Minatom said: "We shall co-operate with Great Britain in fresh nuclear fuel and
the manufacturing of its components, uranium enrichment and the delivery of
nuclear material to foreign customers."

Agreement was also reached to supply BNFL with "transportation and expedition
services in Russian uranium supplies" under contracts with customers in Europe
and Japan. Within the framework of improving safety, BNFL intends to work with
Russian nuclear power plants on the modernisation of diagnostic and monitoring
systems, instrumentation and control (I&C) systems and radioactive waste
management. Lastly, BNFL proposed that Russian utility Rosenergoatom share its
experience in decommissioning.

The Minatom announcement followed further news of the Russian nuclear industry’s
performance in 2003 (see News No. 19, 21st January 2004). The industry saw an
11.3% increase in overall production – including reactors, fuel, natural uranium,
nuclear and other materials, and isotopes. The industry also reported a 14.5%
increase in investment – mainly through Rosenergoatom’s national electricity
sales – and saw a 20.2% increase in exports, comprising mainly fuel assemblies
and reactor equipment.

Russian nuclear fuel manufacturer TVEL, which supplies fuel for 75 reactor units
in 13 countries (about 17% of the world market), reported a 24.8% increase in
foreign sales (mainly fuel assemblies) in 2003. The company also extended and
settled new supply contracts. Those agreements included a five-year extension to
supply fresh fuel for Hungary’s Paks plant, the signing of supply contracts for
India’s Kudankulam nuclear plant, for the units nearing completion at Ukraine’s
Khmelnitski and Rovno nuclear plants (see Business News No. 39.2, 11th July 2003)
as well as for the Bohunice and Mochovce plants in Slovakia.

Under previously signed contracts, TVEL is also to supply fuel to China’s
Tianwan and Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plants.

Zdroj: NucNet

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