British-funded nuke storage container built at Sevmash

Publish date: September 15, 2006

The Sevemash plant in Russia’s Northwest city of Severodvinsk has produced its first TUK-120 spent nuclear fuel (SNF) storage container in a project financed by the British government, the Barents Observer reported. Sevmash is located in the Arkhangelsk Region.

The containers were ordered by the Murmansk Shipping Company, Sevmash press chief Mikhail Starozhilov said, adding “the testing of the container is already complete.”

The TUK-20 containers are made for storage of SNF, which can not be converted by available reprocessing technologies. The Lotta nuclear service ship, docked outside Murmansk, contains a large amount of the dangerous spent fuel.

Reloading the waste from the Lotta will require 50 of the special metallic-ore-concrete TUK-120 containers, the Barents Observer said.

Experts say the containers can solve the problem of storage of the “unreclaimable” nuclear fuel for the next 50 years.