Rosatom announces tender to construct spent nuclear fuel processing center in Krasnoyarsk territory

The Russian State Nuclear Energy Company (Rosatom) has announced a tender to construct a pilot demonstration center to process spent nuclear fuel in the Krasnoyarsk territory, according to the state procurements website.

Applications to participate in the tender are being taken until March 18, and the results will be announced on March 22.

The price limit for the contract to build the first start-up complex of the pilot demonstration center is about 5 billion rubles (about $166 million).

Construction and installation work should be complete by December 10, 2015. The winner of the tender will allocate 1.18 billion rubles this year, 1.67 billion rubles next year and 2.12 billion rubles in 2015 for the project.

The construction site for the future pilot demonstration center is at Federal State Unitary Enterprise Mining and Chemical Plant in Zheleznogorsk, which is 55 kilometers from Krasnoyarsk.

The center's key task will be to test processing technology for spent nuclear fuel from nuclear power plants built under Russian projects, as well as to draft recommendations on the use of this technology. The center will derive uranium and plutonium from this spent nuclear fuel and reuse these materials to generate heat and electricity.

For the first phase, fuel assemblies with VVER-1000 reactors (so far, 31 such reactors have been built in the world) will be used to process the spent nuclear fuel.

The pilot demonstration center will process 250 tonnes of spent nuclear fuel per year. It should reach design capacity in 2017.

Mining and Chemical Plant is a part of Rosatom that transports and stores spent nuclear fuel from nuclear power plants, produces electrodes and rigging units for aluminum smelters, produces medications and other products for civilian use.

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