ROSATOM Develops Nitride Fuel for BREST-OD-300 Fast Reactor
Rosatom’s TVEL Fuel Company research facility Bochvar institute has developed fuel rod design based on nitride uranium-plutonium fuel, MNUP fuel, for the BREST-OD-300 fast neutron reactor. This fuel rod project will be applied for commercial manufacturing of nitride fuel to be launched as part of the Pilot Demonstration Energy Complex, which is under construction in Seversk in Tomsk region.
At the same time, Rosatom’s Nuclear Fuel Division continues development of the second-generation fuel rods for the BREST-OD-300 with a higher burnout level, which will be used when MNUP fabrication will shift to the re-fabrication stage meaning that irradiated fuel of the first load after irradiation and reprocessing will be used for fresh fuel fabrication.
The Siberian Chemical Combine (an enterprise of Rosatom’s TVEL Fuel Company) continues the construction of the MNUP fuel fabrication/re-fabrication module as part of the Pilot Demonstration Energy Complex. On 10 February 10 2021, the Federal Service for Environmental, Technological and Nuclear Supervision (Rostechnadzor) issued a license to for construction of BREST-OD-300, the world's first power unit with a lead-cooled fast neutron reactor.