GE Hitatchi, Rosatom Fuel Alliance Moves Forward

GE Hitachi said Wednesday that a “fuel alliance” between Global Nuclear Fuel (GNF) and TVEL continued to move forward this week as TVEL parent Rosatom hosted a management meeting in Moscow under the TVS-K fuel alliance agreement.

GNFThe meeting was attended by Rosatom Chief Executive Officer Sergey Kirienko, the company's first deputy to the CEO Kirill Komarov, TVEL President Yury Olenin, GEH CEO and President Jay Wileman, and GNFA Chief Operations Officer Amir Vexler.

The parties discussed the areas of nuclear cooperation development and supplies of Russian-designed TVS-K nuclear fuel for PWR reactors, Rosatom announced. Among other items, they touched on the perspectives of TVEL-GNFA joint efforts to license TVS-K fuel in the United States including gaining approval from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for authorizing supplies of TVS-K reload batches for operations in U.S. pressurized water reactors.

Prior to the meeting, TVEL signed the first TVS-K LTA contract with one U.S. utility.

TVS-K fuel has been in operation in one power plant in Western Europe, “hence we are entering the U.S. nuclear fuel market not empty-handed,” said Kirienko. “We are ready to apply all our expertise, knowledge and efforts to successfully license our TVS-K fuel in the United States,” he said.

Wileman said the partnership allows customers access to “the depth of technical knowledge,” of the two companies.

The meeting was to be followed up by a visit to TVEL subsidiary PSJC Mashinostroitelny Zavod Elektrostal to see the production facilities and advanced technical solutions applied to the manufacture of a wide range of nuclear fuel designs.

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