MOX-fuel production plant’s construction to start in Siberia

The construction is scheduled to start at the Siberian Chemical Combine in Seversk, Tomsk region, in the beginning of 2005. Due to the fact that the MOX-fuel production will a part of the international program, then Russia should receive certain funds in the frames of the Russian-American intergovernmental agreement on weapon-grade plutonium decommissioning. ”The estimated cost of the program is $2 billion, including reactors’ decommissioning, MOX-fuel storage facility upgrade etc. The estimated cost of the MOX-production facility is $400 million in American version,” Vladimir Shidlovsky, Chemical Combine’s general director, said to French produced MELOX equipment will be adopted and used for the new facility. The construction site is situated 7.5 km from Seversk on 35 square hectares.