Bulgarian spent nuclear fuel – new source of Mayak plant’s revenues

Publish date: February 7, 2005

Mayak reprocessing plant in Chelyabinsk region received a train with spent nuclear fuel from Bulgarian Kozloduy nuclear power plant, daily Chelyabinsky Rabochiy reported in the end of January.

The spent fuel is placed into the plant’s storage facility and should be soon reprocessed.

The spent nuclear fuel from Bulgaria is a new source of hard currency income for Mayak. Earlier Mayak lost the contracts for spent nuclear fuel reprocessing with Hungary and Finland, i.e. about $50m annual income. The price-tag for the contract with Bulgaria is classified. According to UralPolitRu, the average world price for one ton spent fuel reprocessing is from $500,000 to $1.5m.