Fabrication of Mixed Oxide Fuel Lead Assemblies in Europe
The U.S. Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) is proposing to fabricate, on a one-time basis, mixed oxide (MOX) fuel lead assemblies1 in existing facilities in Europe (referred to as Eurofab) rather than at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) as previously decided (65 Federal Register [FR] 1608, January 11, 2000). In May 2000, DOE determined that cost and schedule impacts and programmatic considerations precluded lead assembly fabrication at LANL and discontinued related activities (Holgate 2000). As a result, an initial assessment of alternatives for lead assembly fabrication was conducted by Duke COGEMA Stone & Webster (DCS), the team that was awarded the contract for MOX fuel fabrication and irradiation services. This assessment concluded that fabrication of lead assemblies in Europe is feasible.