News
 Industry News  
 Company News  
 
Home > News > Industry News
US MOX facility contract terminated
2018-10-25

The National Nuclear Security Administration, a semi-autonomous agency of the US Department of Energy (DOE), has issued a contract termination notice to the consortium building the a mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel fabrication facility at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina. About 70% complete, the facility was intended to dispose of 34 tonnes of weapons-grade plutonium by turning it into fuel for commercial nuclear reactors.

The MOX Fuel fabrication Facility, pictured in January 2016 (Image: Areva)

US Energy Secretary Rick Perry informed Congress in May that he had ended the project.

NNSA said that it had delivered an official notice of contract termination to the MOX project's contractors and guarantors on 10 October.

"This notice is a continuation of NNSA's actions following the certification submitted to the Congressional defence committees by the Secretary of Energy in May 2018 and the partial stop work order that began the contract termination process," NNSA said.

"NNSA is committed to supporting the current workforce and will work with MOX Services throughout this transition process to reduce short-term impacts to workers, the surrounding community, and the State of South Carolina. There will continue to be a significant need for the talented workers at the Savannah River Site to support NNSA’s enduring nuclear security missions."

On 18 October, US Senator Tim Scott made a statement after meeting with President Donald Trump about the MOX facility with Senator Lindsey Graham and Governor Henry McMaster.

Scott said: "We wanted to make sure that we make very clear that keeping weapons grade plutonium in the Palmetto State is a non-starter. The bottom line is, we need to figure out how to make this energy either commercially viable or get it out of our state." He added: "The fact of the matter is we're looking for ways to keep the President engaged and not simply allow the Department of Energy to do what they have done in the past which is to use a set of numbers that we simply do not agree with."

Work started on the MOX Fuel Fabrication Facility (MFFF) in 2007, with a 2016 start-up envisaged. Although based on France's Melox MOX facility, the US project has presented many first-of-a-kind challenges and in 2012 the US Government Accountability Office suggested it would likely not start up before 2019 and cost at least USD7.7 billion, far above original estimate of USD4.9 billion.

The project has seen progressive cuts to its funding, with only USD320 million requested for the facility in the 2014 budget, reflecting a slowing down of construction and associated activities as the NNSA embarked on a review of its plutonium disposition strategy. The project was placed on cold standby after being effectively cut out of the DOE's Fiscal Year 2015 budget request. President Obama's Fiscal Year 2017 budget proposal, issued in February 2016, called for the termination of the MOX project.

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission signed an order on 13 November 2014 extending the completion deadline for the MFFF by ten years, to March 2025, at the request of its builder, Shaw Areva MOX services. It issued the original ten-year construction licence in March 2005.

  
 
2018-12-12
Indian reactor sets new world record
2018-12-12
Major concrete pour at Hinkley Point C
2018-12-12
Fuqing 6 reactor pressure vessel in place
2018-12-12
Fusion reactions project attracts UK funding
2018-12-12
ERA updates Ranger rehabilitation costs
2018-12-12
China General Nuclear ready to ramp up UK ambitions
2018-11-28
Macron clarifies French energy plans
2018-11-28
Consent granted for Hinkley nuclear island concrete
2018-11-28
Nuclear included in Poland's draft energy policy
2018-11-28
EDF to assist with Barakah operation and maintenance
2018-11-28
Bruce 6 refurbishment good for January 2020 start
2018-11-26
Energoatom reaches milestone with Westinghouse fuel supply
2018-11-26
Kansai outlines plans for dismantling Ohi units
2018-11-26
Chinese centrifuges ready for commercial use
2018-11-15
Reprocessing ceases at UK's Thorp plant
2018-11-15
GNF awarded Olkiluoto fuel supply contract
2018-11-15
IAEA reviews Fukushima Daiichi clean-up work
2018-11-13
SPIC and Westinghouse agree to cooperate
2018-11-13
Poland, USA sign Joint Declaration of Energy Security
2018-11-8
Contracts signed for two more Tianwan units
2018-11-8
Russia completes hot tests at Novovoronezh II-2
2018-11-8
Sanmen 2 AP1000 enters commercial operation
2018-11-8
Saudi Arabia lays research reactor foundation stone
2018-11-8
First reactor on Russia's floating plant starts up
2018-11-1
Climate goal demands huge boost in Chinese nuclear
2018-11-1
Canadian, Romanian industry groups extend cooperation
2018-11-1
Fourth Tianwan unit connected to grid
2018-11-1
Fessenheim closure decree annulled
2018-11-1
US utility uses drones for nuclear plant inspections
2018-10-25
Taiwanese to have say on nuclear phase-out policy
2018-10-25
Second AP1000 enters commercial operation
2018-10-25
US MOX facility contract terminated
2018-10-25
Egyptian, Uzbek nuclear power plans discussed
2018-10-25
Changes to Oyster Creek emergency planning approved
2018-10-19
Belgium, China to cooperate in nuclear energy
2018-10-19
Russia completes second reactor for Ural icebreaker
2018-10-19
Shikoku outlines plans for decommissioning Ikata 2
2018-10-19
Fourth Chinese AP1000 connected to grid
2018-10-19
USA announces China export policy
2018-10-10
More milestones for Vogtle project
2018-10-10
UN report shows increased need for nuclear
2018-10-10
Russia and India sign action plan on new projects
2018-10-10
UK decommissioning research centre opens
2018-10-10
Russia loads fuel into floating power plant
2018-9-27
Injunction lifted on operation of Japanese reactor
2018-9-27
First AP1000 reactor enters commercial operation
2018-9-27
Draft law supports Chinese nuclear exports
2018-9-27
Outages extended at Belgian plants
2018-9-27
Permit moves Leningrad II-1 closer to launch
2018-9-20
US nuclear innovation legislation makes progress
2018-9-20
Korea expands cooperation with IAEA on radwaste
2018-9-20
Rooppur protocol signed on physical protection scope
2018-9-20
EDF awards Framatome I&C upgrade contract
2018-9-20
IAEA and Russia agree on transit for LEU Bank
2018-9-12
The 5th Annual International Nuclear Power Plant Operation and Maintenance Conference and Exhibition Successfully Held in Shenzhen Daya Bay Nuclear Power Base
2018-9-12
UN chief calls for more action on climate change
2018-9-12
Viewpoint: Demystifying radiation - the nemesis of nuclear energy?
2018-9-12
Help the public understand radiation, advises cancer expert
2018-9-12
Belgian government approves funding for Myrrha
2018-9-12
IAEA completes Sudan nuclear infrastructure review
2018-9-11
CNNC completes design of district heating reactor
2018-9-11
Vessel installed at second Pakistani Hualong One
2018-9-11
Ohma start-up delayed by a further two years
2018-8-29
Fuel loading under way at fourth Tianwan unit
2018-8-29
Nuclear remains static under South African plan
2018-8-29
UK government outlines implications of "no deal" Brexit
2018-8-29
Cold testing completed at new Slovak reactor
2018-8-29
Bechtel to manage Wylfa Newydd project
2018-8-25
Second Sanmen AP1000 connected to grid
2018-8-25
German agencies to collaborate on repositories
2018-8-25
Finnish firms target Chinese radwaste market
2018-8-25
Leningrad II-1 set to enter commercial operation
2018-8-25
First steam generator for Karachi 3
2018-8-17
Steady growth in nuclear generation continues
2018-8-17
FirstEnergy takes "unwelcome" step towards plant closures
2018-8-17
Upgrades for Slovakian and Korean simulators
2018-8-17
NRC clears centrifuge plant decommissioning plan
2018-8-17
Chinese AP1000 reaches full power operation
2018-8-8
Turbine equipment installed at Leningrad II-2
2018-8-8
French, British regions unite for nuclear growth
2018-8-8
Barakah 2 completes hot functional tests
2018-8-8
ANSTO to resume Tc-99m production soon
2018-8-8
CEZ to test use of Westinghouse fuel at Temelin-1
2018-8-3
Welcome to INPOM 2018 !
2018-8-3
Westinghouse emerges from Chapter 11
2018-8-3
Cold functional tests start at Novovoronezh II-2
2018-8-3
Connecticut regulators revise zero-carbon RFP
2018-8-3
Holtec takes on two more US plants for decommissioning
2018-8-3
Ural icebreaker passes construction milestone
2018-7-27
Cameco shutdown extended indefinitely
2018-7-25
IAEA nurtures nuclear education in Asia Pacific
2018-7-25
SNC-Lavalin to decommission research reactor
2018-7-25
High temperature reactors for energy neutral mineral extraction
2018-7-25
South Ukraine 3 fully loaded with Westinghouse fuel
2018-7-19
Moltex partners in New Brunswick SMR project
2018-7-19
IAEA praises Niger's progress on nuclear programme
2018-7-19
Review of Le Creusot records passes milestone
2018-7-19
Rovno unit 3 gets 20-year licence extension
2018-7-19
Ukraine discusses 'energy bridge' with European Parliament
2018-7-12
Bruce Power, Rolls-Royce deepen digital collaboration
2018-7-12
First partner announced for New Brunswick SMR project
2018-7-11
China’s Sanmen 2 cleared for fuel loading
2018-7-11
Plasma plant starts operations in Bulgaria
2018-7-11
Bangladesh issues construction licence for Rooppur unit 2
2018-7-6
Daher to apply for NRC transport package certification
2018-7-6
Urenco to enrich reprocessed uranium
2018-7-6
ATS to provide automated solutions for Bruce detube
2018-7-6
Turboatom and Toshiba team up for turbine upgrades
2018-7-6
Tokai 2 passes safety screening
2018-6-29
EDF and Veolia partner on robotics and vitrification
2018-6-29
Halden Reactor to be decommissioned
2018-6-29
Rolls-Royce and CTEC to integrate I&C expertise
2018-6-26
Approval for decommissioning of Swiss reactor
2018-6-26
Chinese AP1000s pass commissioning milestones
2018-6-22
Darlington to supply molybdenum-99
2018-6-22
Regulator details Taishan 1 commissioning schedule
2018-6-22
Genkai unit 4 supplying power again
2018-6-22
Full-scale tests to start soon at Finnish repository
2018-6-22
GE Power starts Arabelle production for Hinkley Point C
2018-6-14
Decommissioning plan for Tokai approved
2018-6-14
Cooperation strengthens mining radiation protection
2018-6-14
Ontario Power Generation starts rebuilding Darlington 2
2018-6-14
Steam generators in place at Hongyanhe 5
2018-6-14
USA launches Summit supercomputer
2018-6-8
First criticality achieved at Chinese EPR
2018-6-8
SNC-Lavalin signs agreement on Bellefonte completion
2018-6-8
WIPP returns to routine operations
2018-6-8
ERA publishes closure plan for Ranger
2018-6-8
EDF agrees to nuclear energy cooperation with Brazil
2018-6-1
US energy regulators back Illinois legislation
2018-6-1
Toshiba scraps project to build ABWRs in Texas
2018-6-1
Kansai cuts power rates as reactors restart
2018-6-1
Olkiluoto EPR prepares for fuel loading
2018-6-1
France, Russia extend nuclear power cooperation
2018-5-25
Alliance launched to highlight nuclear on world stage
2018-5-25
New Jersey clean energy laws signed
2018-5-25
Belarus, Kazakhstan to cooperate in nuclear power
2018-5-25
Dome installed at first Fangchenggang Hualong One
2018-5-25
GNF to fuel Entergy BWRs with advanced fuel
2018-5-18
Belgium and China award simulator contracts
2018-5-18
Progress for WIPP infrastructure upgrade
2018-5-18
Perry scraps completion of US MOX facility
2018-5-18
Rosatom expands overseas links with new agreements
2018-5-18
NWMO broadens its international cooperation
2018-5-11
FirstEnergy responds to PJM grid reliability findings
2018-5-11
Nuclear for US grid resilience and climate
2018-5-10
Dome installed on Tianwan 6 containment building
2018-5-10
Other signatories express support for JCPOA
2018-5-10
TVA completes major flood protection
2018-5-8
Robots get smarter to help with decommissioning
2018-5-4
Fuel supply contracts signed for Swedish reactors
2018-5-4
New cracks delay restart of Hunterston B reactor
2018-5-4
Training milestones for new plant operators
2018-5-4
First Energy responds to PJM grid reliability findings
2018-5-4
NASA successfully tests Kilopower reactor
2018-4-27
Philippines to draw up nuclear energy policy
2018-4-27
IAEA reviews safety at South Ukraine unit 3
2018-4-27
Fuel loading under way at Chinese AP1000
2018-4-27
Macron: Europe must prioritise emission reductions
2018-4-27
Iran's Bushehr I changes to TVS-2M fuel
2018-4-20
6th Annual Nuclear Information Technology China Forum
2018-4-20
2nd Nuclear Power Maintenance Tool Seminar
2014-9-19
The Preparation Meeting of the First International Nuclear Plant Operation and Maintenance Conference 2014 Successfully held in Shanghai.
2014-9-19
NNBCS2014 Concluded a Great Success on August 27-29 in Shanghai!
2014-7-21
China's Xi hails 'new horizons' in ties with Argentina
2014-7-21
China nuclear contractor seeks merger with CPIC
2014-7-11
Investment program for Slovenian repository
2014-7-11
Supercomputer team wins award for core work
2014-6-17
Chinese Premier expected to sign UK nuclear deal
2014-6-17
Changjiang 2 vessel put in place
2014-6-13
Fourth Yangjiang unit gets its dome
2014-6-13
Sogin, CGN cooperate on waste management
2014-6-13
China produces first AP1000 vessel
2014-6-12
The 6th Annual Nuclear New Build China Summit
2014-6-6
Fuel loading at Fuqing 1
2014-6-6
China schedules new nuclear power reactors
2014-6-6
Fukushima ice wall under construction
2014-6-3
China Association of Plant Engineering Consultants
2014-5-27
China, Iran agree to push bilateral cooperation to new stage
2014-5-12
Mining operations begin at Husab
2014-5-9
Yangjiang 2 approaches start up
2014-5-8
Ningde 2 in commercial operation
2014-5-4
MBIR reactor supplier selected
2014-4-28
Political discord places Lungmen on hold
2014-4-28
Landmarks for Chinese reactors
2014-4-22
The 6th Annual Nuclear New Build China Summit 2014 will start up on August 27th in Shanghai, China!
2014-4-22
NITF2014 Concluded a Great Success on April 10-11 in Shanghai!
2014-4-22
Accelerating the Progress of Nuclear Power Informatization, building a safe and high-efficiency operation environment! —NITF 2014 will Start up on April 10-11, 2014 in Shanghai, China!
2014-4-22
Expanding Your Company’s Value in Nuclear IT Industry——The 2nd Annual Nuclear Information Technology China Forum 2014 is Coming Back!
About Us
Who We Are
Our Culture
Nuclear Summit
Event Center
Professional Service
Industry Information
Project Consulting
Training Course
Event Outsourcing
Join Us
Job Opportunities
Career Development
Contact Us
Tel: (+86-21) 6073 7200
Fax: (+86-21) 6176 8133
Email: info@innchinc.com
 
© 2018 INNCH INTERNATIONAL CO.,LTD. All Rights Reserved 技术支持:上海网站建设