Korean Nuclear Fuel Program
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In Korea, ten PWR and two CANDU reactors are in operation, six PWRs and two CANDUs are under construction, and eight more nuclear power plants are scheduled to be built by 2010. Two PWRs will also be built in North Korea. Ten operating PWRs comprise of eight Westinghouse type reactors and two ABB CE type reactors. Korea Nuclear Fuel Company (KNFC) is designing and manufacturing nuclear fuel for all operating PWRs and CANDUs in Korea. Since 1985, seven different types of PWR fuel have been designed and manufactured by KNFC with a 200ton/year manufacturing facility. To meet the increasing demand, KNFC recently completed a new PWR fuel manufacturing facility with an annual production capacity of 350ton and a new CANDU fuel manufacturing facility with a 700ton/year production capacity.<BR>The Korean government initiated a "Long-term Nuclear R&D Program" in 1992. The nuclear R&D program is being carried out through concerted efforts by industry, research institutes and universities. Major R&D projects in the nuclear fuel area include a new fuel cycle called DUPIC (Direct Use of spent PWR fuel in CANDU reactors), a Korean next generation fuel for PWRs, an improved CANDU fuel and an improved research reactor fuel for HANARO (High-flux Advanced Neutron Application Reactor).
- Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology
Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology 35(7), 467-472, 1998-07-25
Atomic Energy Society of Japan