13 Mar 2023 15:31

Rosatom's TVEL to supply lithium-7 for the Brazil's Angra nuclear power plant

MOSCOW. March 13 (Interfax) - Novosibirsk Chemical Concentrates Plant , which is controlled by TVEL, the Rosatom corporation's nuclear fuel division, has won a tender called Brazil's Eletronuclear to supply of more than 100 kg of lithium-7 hydroxide, TVEL said.

The product is intended for use in the reactor cooling system of both operating power units of the Angra nuclear power plant and should be delivered to the Brazilian customer by the end of 2023.

TVEL is honoring all its foreign lithium supply contracts, company president Natalya Nikipelova said at the beginning of March. The Novosibirsk Chemical Concentrates Plant is the only producer of lithium metal in the Russia, and in the coming years it is planning to expand its capacity from the current 250 tonnes to 350 tonnes per year due to the modernization of existing production, she said.

TVEL consolidates all Russian assets in the sphere of nuclear fuel production and the separation and sublimation complex, as well as production of gas centrifuges and equipment for them. The company's sole shareholder is JSC Atomenergoprom, part of the Rosatom state corporation. TVEL says on its website that it "produces more than a third of the enriched uranium products consumed in the world," delivered abroad by Techsnabexport.