Poland’s Maria Research Reactor Successfully Uses Russian LEU Fuel

Posted by NucNet on 12 November 2014 in NucNet

Uranium & Fuel

A working group of Russian and Polish experts has carried out post- irradiation examinations on two fuel assemblies with low-enriched uranium (LEU) fuel used in Poland’s Maria research reactor.

The group said the assemblies have remained intact and do not have any external deformations. The delivery of LEU fuel to the Maria reactor is part of the Reduced Enrichment for Research and Test Reactor Programme, under which Soviet-era test reactors are converted from using high-enriched uranium (HEU) fuel to LEU fuel.

The International Atomic Energy Agency helped remove 40 kilogrammes of HEU fuel from the Maria reactor in 2006.

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