Ansto selects Areva TN’s used fuel transportation solutions
Areva TN recently signed a contract with the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) for the supply of a new shipping cask for used fuel. The contract calls for the manufacturing of a TNMTR cask to transport used fuel from research reactors and will be part of ANSTO’s OPAL reactor used fuel management strategy.
Australia’s Open Pool Australian Lightwater (OPAL) reactor produces, in particular, radioisotopes used for medical purposes.
The TNMTR cask is based on forged steel technology and can contain up to 68 fuel elements. With its different internal basket design configurations, it can carry fuel with a variety of characteristics and can be unloaded in a dry environment or underwater. This contract marks a first milestone in a long-term partnership with ANSTO in the field of back-end fuel management.