Norwegian nuclear waste will be recycled in the UK
The storage and storage of nuclear waste has always been the major challenge for scientists who struggle to find long-term and sustainable solutions.
But what if this waste could be recycled into new fuel?
The Norwegian Institute of Energy Technology (IFE) has agreed to send three tonnes of unused uranium to UK fuel manufacturing company Springfields Fuels Limited, to produce new nuclear fuel for use in commercial nuclear power plants .
The export should take place within two years.
The nuclear waste will come from the last two Norwegian research reactors in operation which closed in 2018 and 2019.
In addition to the research reactors, several other nuclear facilities will be decommissioned, suggests the IFE.
Clean-up activities are estimated at over NOK 21 billion (£ 1.7 billion) and will last for at least 20 years.
IFE CEO Nils Morten Huseby said: “This deal is an important part of the cleanup after Norway’s nuclear activities and an important step forward in finding a solution for our nuclear materials.
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