Team Delivers Spent Fuel Casks To U.S. Utility

U.S. Orano subsidiary Orano TN Americas SeAH Besteel Co., Ltd., announced completion and delivery of the first dual-purpose used nuclear fuel dry storage cask manufactured for a U.S. utility by the SeAH Besteel Nuclear Shop in Gunsan, South Korea.

prototype storage caskFollowing Orano’s purchase order in September 2019, SeAH Besteel established a mass production system for Orano’s dual-purpose casks achieving high-quality product design, assembly, and heat transfer capability in compliance with U.S. and international nuclear standards.

Orano TN Chief Operating Officer Jean-Luc Palayer called the first cask produced under "stringent requirements" an important milestone that strengthens the company's international supply chain.

“Through the production and delivery of this first dual-purpose cask for Orano, SeAH Besteel’s fabrication technology is verified as fulfilling the strict quality standards required by the United States and international nuclear power markets,” said Yongjin Kim, Sr. VP & Head of Nuclear Business Department, SeAH Besteel.

As Orano’s regional partner for the development of high-quality casks, SeAH Besteel also produced transfer equipment in 2021 for Orano’s first TN-LC transport cask that is licensed for high burn-up used nuclear fuel in South Korea. This cask completed its first journey last year with an international transport of nuclear material from South Korea to Sweden.

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