MOX Two-Year Construction Anniversary

MOX Two-Year Construction Anniversary

In 1999, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) signed a contract with a consortium, now called Shaw AREVA MOX Services, LLC to design, build, and operate a Mixed Oxide (MOX) Fuel Fabrication Facility. This facility will be a major component in the United States program to dispose of surplus weapon-grade plutonium. The facility will take surplus weapon-grade plutonium, remove impurities, and mix it with uranium oxide to form MOX fuel pellets for reactor fuel assemblies. These assemblies will be irradiated in commercial nuclear power reactors. Construction on the MOX facility began on August 1, 2007.

Read the press release announcing the two-year anniversary here.

Watch a video about the MOX facility (external link to YouTube):

View a slideshow illustrating construction progress over the past two years (external link to Flickr):

Cranes at MOX construction site. Click to access Flickr Slideshow.