Westinghouse advances UK nuclear fuel technology and manufacturing

London – (Business Wire) – Westinghouse has received a grant from the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to support the development of advanced nuclear fuels.

In collaboration with Urenco Ltd., Westinghouse will complete a front-end engineering design study for the safe and reliable supply of advanced tri-structural isotropic (TRISO) fuel to support a range of potential high temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTGR) in development technology. Westinghouse will also receive support for this research from TRISO-X, LLC.

“This award is an important step in creating commercial-scale advanced fuel production for tomorrow’s reactors at our Springfield, UK facility,” said Westinghouse President and CEO Patrick Fragman. “We look forward to working with Urenco has partnered to provide global leadership in uranium enrichment in support of the UK’s energy security and net zero carbon goals. We also welcome the support of TRISO-X and their valuable experience in manufacturing advanced TRISO fuels.”

Boris Schucht, CEO of Urenco, said: “Energy supply security and meeting key climate change goals require the development of the nuclear fuel cycle. This includes a focus on the production of next-generation fuels. Urenco is committed to this development and is delighted to be working with the UK nuclear industry and government Collaborate to better serve global utilities and deliver broader benefits to society.”

Pete Pappano, President of TRISO-X, said: “The deployment of the next generation of TRISO fuel manufacturing at Springfields is an important step towards the UK’s goals of decarbonisation and energy independence. TRISO-X is delighted to bring our state-of-the-art process knowledge to support this project grant.”

The work will be carried out at Westinghouse Springfield Fuel Ltd. The facility in Preston, Lancashire, which houses the UK’s world-class nuclear fuel manufacturing expertise. For more than 70 years, the fuel produced by Springfields has supported reactors locally and globally.

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