In a recent turn of events, Centrus Energy Corp has reportedly inked a service contract with X Energy LLC to continue with the initial design of a facility, to fabricate advanced nuclear fuel. As per trusted sources, the contract expands the company’s prior contract signed back in March 2018, in order to complete a conceptual design of the facility.
Daniel Poneman, President and CEO of Centrus, was quoted saying that the collaboration places Centrus’ two companies at a leading position of the effort to supply fuel for the next-gen nuclear reactors. He further stated that the company sees great opportunities in this market and believes that the advanced TRISO fuel that’ll be processed in this facility will offer an appealing and competitive solution to power advanced reactors across the world.
Dr. Pete Pappano, VP of Fuels Production & Principal Investigator for DOE Cooperative Agreement, X-energy said that the collaboration adds to an already successful effort that ended with the conceptual layout of the fuel fabrication facility TRISO-X. The new agreement will enable the two companies to complete the initial and final designs of the TRISO-X Facility, empowering the companies to become the first to market in the sector of high assay low enriched uranium TRISO-based fuel ideal for advanced reactors and possibly accident tolerant fuel for the present-day light water reactor fleet, Pappano added.
According to sources familiar with the development, Centrus will be bringing to the collaboration its technical expertise and resources to assist the initial design of a facility to generate X-energy’s uranium oxycarbide TRISO fuel forms. This effort reportedly involves detailed nuclear criticality safety analysis, the balance of plant support systems, infrastructure design, and initial work over a license application for the plant, cite trusted reports.
Reportedly, Centrus is also offering facility space to X-energy at the company’s Technology and Manufacturing Center located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where employees of the two companies will team up for the project.