Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Materials

Management of Spent Fuel from Power Reactors

Promoting Technologies and Strategies for Spent Fuel Management

Management of spent fuel arising from nuclear power station is an important phase of the nuclear fuel cycle in all Member States with nuclear power production.While one third of the spent fuel accumulating globally from nuclear power production is recycled, most of it is stored and waiting for the optimal strategy for final disposition.

So far, a considerable amount of knowledge about spent fuel management has been acquired globally through past experiences and continuing research efforts. These experiences and developments in some Member States can be potentially beneficial to various stages of spent fuel management in other Member States. In particular, further information on extended interim storage is required to answer a number of open technical questions.

To increase the capability of interested Member States to plan strategies, including long term strategies, and manage safely and reliably spent fuel by exchanging information on status and trends, the project on 'Promoting Technologies and Strategies for Spent Fuel Management' identifies problems and fosters collaboration to implement better strategies.

There are a number of tasks implemented under this project:

  • Operation and maintenance of spent fuel storage and transportation casks and containers
  • Spent Fuel Treatment
  • Optimization Strategies for Cask Design and Container Loading in Long Term Spent Fuel Storage
  • Technical Cooperation Project on the 'Study of Burnup Credit Technology (BUCT) for Criticality Safety Analysis in NPP Spent Fuel Storage and Transport'
  • Technical Co-operation Project on 'Spent Fuel Management in Pakistan'

For further information on these particular project activities, please click here or contact the NEFW Contact Point.

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