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Tvel completes development of improved VVER fuel

Russian state-owned nuclear fuel manufacturer Tvel has completed the development of a new fuel type for the VVER-440 nuclear reactor units at Hungary’s Paks nuclear power station.

Tvel said in a statement that the new second-generation fuel is designed to optimise the hydro-uranium ratio in the reactor core, allowing for increased efficiency of fuel use and improving the economy of reactor operation.

According to the statement, all documentation has been handed over to the Hungarians for licensing of the new fuel by the national nuclear regulator