Sevmash plant produced initial batch of casks for submarines’ spent nuclear fuel

Publish date: March 9, 2004

Sevmash plant in Severodvinsk, Arkhangelsk region, manufactured the first batch of spent fuel transport/storage casks (TUK) for spent nuclear fuel from the retired submarines.

The first 13 TUKs have been sent to the Russian Pacific Fleet, ITAR-TASS reported January 21. The contract specifies production of 24 casks total. Earlier Sevmash won tender for the casks production announced by the Russian Nuclear Ministry, which deals with nuclear submarines dismantling. The contract’s price-tag is $3.5m. The CTR program finances it in the frames of trilateral American-Russian-Norwegian program AMEC. The experts believe Russia should produce 220 casks till 2010 to accommodate spent nuclear from all the retired submarines. The special collection sites for temporary storage (50 years max.) for these casks are to be built for these casks at the Russian navy bases.