AREVA CERCA, a 100 percent subsidiary of the AREVA group global leader in the production and provision of fuel for research reactors, was awarded a new contract for the supply of sixty-two extra low-enriched uranium (LEU) fuel elements to Poland’s MARIA Research Reactor.
AREVA’s LEU fuel assemblies will provide MARIA research reactor with replacement fuel and secure the reactor future needs so to continue the successful conversion of the reactor from high enriched uranium (HEU) to LEU use.
“AREVA CERCA is proud to have successfully contributed, with its U.S. partner Battelle Energy Alliance, to the Polish National Centre for Nuclear Research (NCBJ) ambitious program to convert MARIA research reactor to LEU fuel use” said Alain Gauvin, AREVA CERCA General Manager. “This new contract demonstrates the confidence Poland’s NCBJ has in our LEU fuel and opens great perspectives for AREVA CERCA solutions for HEU/LEU conversion programs all over the world”.
The new contract builds on the successful collaboration started in 2010 between NCBJ and AREVA to help successfully convert MARIA research reactor to LEU use. Under the auspice of the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)'s Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI)*, a first agreement was signed between NCBJ and AREVA for the manufacturing of suitable LEU fuel for MARIA Research Reactor, and two LEU prototypes were successfully loaded into the research reactor core to start the conversion process.