IAEA Low Enriched Uranium Bank in Kazakhstan accepts first batch of material for storage
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On October 16, 2019, a ceremony was held in Ust-Kamenogorsk for delivery of the first batch of low enriched uranium (LEU) to the Bank of low enriched uranium of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Kazakhstan, which was attended by representatives of the Agency, Kazpravda.kz cites Kazakhstan Ministry of Foreign Affairs informing.
The international project to create the IAEA Low Enriched Uranium Bank in Kazakhstan was successfully implemented at the initiative of the First President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev. The IAEA LEU Bank will store 90 metric tons of uranium hexafluoride suitable for the manufacture of fuel for a standard light-water reactor at nuclear power plants. This LEU reserve is not a radioactive waste, does not pose a threat to the population and the environment, and is provided in case the IAEA Member States are faced with the cessation of traditional fuel supplies for political reasons.
Thanks to the investments of Kazakhstan and the IAEA, the necessary infrastructure for the safe storage of material has been created on the basis of the Ulba Metallurgical Plant, which has many years of experience in this area.
The IAEA LEU Bank is an important contribution of Kazakhstan and a confirmation of its leading role in strengthening international security and the nuclear non-proliferation regime.
The signing of documents between Kazakhstan and the IAEA on creation of the LEU Bank took place in August 2015 in the Kazakh capital during the visit of the IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano.