BNFL Turns to French Rival to Save MOX Plant ; Green Lobby Vindicated as Nuclear Fuel Group Admits Reprocessing May Be Redundant, Write Jason Nisse and Geoffrey Lean
Nisse, Jason, The Independent on Sunday (London, England)
BNFL has had to turn to its biggest competitor, the French group Cogema, for help to try to get its controversial pounds 500m MOX plant operating properly.
The plant, which reprocesses spent nuclear fuel into mixed oxide pellets that can be used in reactors, is years behind target and has lost the company hundreds of millions of pounds.
In contrast, Cogema, which is part of the French nuclear utility Areva, has built two successful MOX plants: Caderache, which is now in the process of being decommissioned; and Melox, which is running at close to full capacity.
The failure of BNFL's MOX plant has led it to turn to Cogema first to reprocess fuel sent to …
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Publication information: Article title: BNFL Turns to French Rival to Save MOX Plant ; Green Lobby Vindicated as Nuclear Fuel Group Admits Reprocessing May Be Redundant, Write Jason Nisse and Geoffrey Lean. Contributors: Nisse, Jason - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent on Sunday (London, England). Publication date: October 17, 2004. Page number: 3. © 2009 The Independent on Sunday. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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