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Fuel Division

 РОСАТОМ » Strategy implementation » Efficient supply of nuclear electricity to Russia’s economy » Fuel Division Strategic goals of the Division

JSC TVEL is the leading company of the Fuel Division. The Division’s strategy is aimed at the global leadership in the front end of the nuclear fuel cycle (FE NFC) and achieving the global competitive advantage in NFC in conditions of social acceptability.

The labour productivity in JSC TVEL was 104.9 % of the value planned for the reporting period (KPI for 2013).
The Division’s proceeds from sales of joint products totalled RUB 9,325.64 million, exceeding the target value of the indicator by 10.82 % (KPI for 2013).

The strategic goals of the Fuel Division are:

  • to expand in the NFC markets;
  • to develop a second core of business;
  • to improve the efficiency of production processes;
  • to ensure social and ecological acceptance.

The Division’s business model is provided in the annual report of JSC TVEL for 2013. Results of 2013

The main production results:

  • 6,866 FAs (6,579 in 2012) were produced, and the first batch of experimental fuel rods with dense fuel was set up at JSC SCC;
  • the initial core charge for the BN-800 reactor under construction at Beloyarsk NPP was delivered;
  • TVS-KVADRAT fuel assemblies intended for loading in a foreign PWR reactor in 2014 were fabricated;
  • the fabrication technology was tested, and experimental fuel rods of the BN-1200 and BREST types (KETVS-2 and KETVS-3 with nitride fuel) were produced;
  • 50 tonnes of the superconducting strands for the ITER Project were fabricated;
  • a memorandum was signed between JSC Techsnabexport and JSC TVEL concerning interaction in the framework of the project to establish the Centre for Servicing Foreign-made Transportation Packages at JSC UECC;
  • Phase Two of the process line to produce lithium hydroxide enriched with lithium-7 was commissioned at JSC NCCP.

For details, see the annual report of JSC TVEL for 2013.

Nuclear and radiation safety

In 2013, at the enterprises of the Fuel Division, the safe and permissible parameters established by the federal regulatory documents on nuclear and radiation safety were not exceeded. There were also no events in handling nuclear material reported that could be rated Level 2 or higher on the INES scale.

Improvement of operating efficiency of the Fuel Division

Implementation of projects of the ROSATOM Production System

In 2013, the economic effect of implementation of projects of the ROSATOM Production System grew by 43 % compared to 2012 and amounted to RUB 340 million (RUB 237.9 million in 2012).

Table. Implementation of projects on improvement of operating efficiency

Indicator2011201220132013/2012, %
Improvement proposals submitted 9,564 16,329 40,248 146
Improvement proposals accepted 7,210 13,961 36,146 159
Improvement proposals implemented 4,394 10,807 32,501 201
Economic effect of implementation of improvement proposals, mln RUB - 237.9 340.3 43

Improvement of energy efficiency

Table. Energy savings at the Division’s enterprises (hJ)

Energy savings 5.6 7.3 8.4

In 2013, electricity consumption at the Fuel Division’s enterprises was reduced by 20.2 % (787 million kWh or 2.8 million GJ) and heat consumption was reduced by 32.7 % (1.339 million GCal or 5.6 million GJ) compared to the reference year 2009 in comparable conditions. In terms of percentage, energy consumption (in conditions comparable to 2009) was 24.4 % (RUB 1951 million), with the target indicator being 20 %.

In 2013, the work to establish the corporate Integrated Management System (IMS) in the fields of quality, ecology, health protection, and labour safety compliant to the requirements of ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and OHSAS 18001 was completed. The corporate IMS passed an extended certification audit, which also covered some subsidiaries of the Corporation. Plans for 2014 and on the mid-term horizon:

  • to complete licensing of the TVSA-12PLUS fuel assembly with 12 spacing grids, three mixing grids and a unified nozzle;
  • to supply a complete make-up fuel batch to Unit 3 of Kalinin NPP;
  • to develop an engineering design of the TVS-2M with two design options: with spacing grids and with profiled TVEG fuel rods. To begin fabrication and to start a pilot operation of a batch of fuel assemblies for the TVS-2M with mixing grids at Unit 4 of Balakovo NPP;
  • to continue the engineering design process of the core 14-15-1 with highly enriched intermetallic nuclear fuel for the RITM-200 reactor of the universal nuclear-powered icebreaker LK-60.

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