Nuclear Transport Solutions (NTS) safely delivers another shipment of MOX fuel from Europe to Japan.
Two purpose-built ships, Pacific Heron and Pacific Egret arrived safely in Japan today (Tuesday 22 November) and delivered their cargo of 16 MOX fuel assemblies to the Takahama Nuclear Power Station.
The vessels departed from Europe on 17 September carrying the fuel assemblies, which were manufactured in France.
Pacific Nuclear Transport Ltd (PNTL), which is operated by Nuclear Transport Solutions, has been transporting nuclear materials between Europe and Japan for more than 45 years and has a flawless nuclear safety and security record.
The fuel is transported in purpose-built vessels that are state-of-the-art and are manned by some of the most experienced nuclear mariners in the world.
MOX fuel contains a mix of mainly uranium, with a small proportion of plutonium, and effectively makes possible a new energy resource, derived from nuclear fuel that has already been used in a reactor.
Seth Kybird, CEO of NTS, said:
“The successful completion of another shipment of Mox fuel to Japan demonstrates again the ability of PNTL and NTS to transport nuclear cargos safely and securely around the world.
“I would like to thank our PNTL crew members, transport partners and customers for their hard work and co-operation in making this shipment such a success.”
Notes to editors
- This is the eighth shipment of MOX fuel from Europe to Japan.
- Two PNTL vessels – Pacific Heron and Pacific Egret – delivered their cargo of 16 MOX fuel assemblies to the Takahama Nuclear Power Station operated by Kansai Electric Power Co Inc.
- The vessels departed from Europe on 17 September carrying the fuel assemblies, which were manufactured by Orano in France.
- MOX fuel is transported in dedicated purpose-built ships owned by Pacific Nuclear Transport Limited (PNTL). PNTL is operated by Nuclear Transport Solutions (UK), and jointly owned with Orano (France) and Japanese nuclear companies.