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Russia’s TVEL provides nuclear fuel to Budapest research reactor

Russian nuclear fuel cycle company TVEL has supplied nuclear fuel for the Budapest research reactor (BRR) in compliance with the contract signed last year with the Centre for Energy Research of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

The Budapest research reactor is currently being utilised for scientific and applied research in nuclear physics and material studies, in particular, for the purpose of developing nuclear power in Hungary.

“TVEL Fuel Company of Rosatom is proud of the long-time successful cooperation with Hungary’s nuclear power industry and nuclear science in a number of fields,” said Oleg Grigoriyev, Senior Vice-President for Commerce and International Business at TVEL. “The Budapest research reactor has a special place in the history of our relations as this installation has functioned on Russian nuclear fuel already for more than 60 years. Meanwhile, the first unit of Paks nuclear power plant (NPP) was commissioned 38 years ago. The launch of this reactor has a crucial role in the development of Hungary’s strong traditions in nuclear physics, which is important for a country with a well-developed nuclear power.”

The Centre for Energy Research plays a significant part in supporting the operations of the Paks NPP, which provides about 50 per cent of the country’s electricity generation. This includes, in particular, such fields of studies as radiation ageing of reactor structural materials, spent fuel and radiation waste management, closing nuclear fuel cycle, reactor physics and thermomechanical behaviour of nuclear fuel.

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