Nonstandard Uranium Processing
NUKEM has broad experience with various nonstandard uranium recovery projects. The majority of the materials sourced has been processed at facilities located in the former Soviet Union, in particular at the Ulba Metallurgical Plant (“UMP”) in Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan. Typical projects during the last few years have been single and multiple delivery contracts of natural and enriched nonstandard uranium shipped from various Western facilities for subsequent recovery and return of the uranium contained to NUKEM.
NUKEM's preferred partner, UMP, was the only producer of fuel pellets for RBMK and VVER reactors and had significant projects in the defense industry during the Soviet. Today, UMP has fully converted into a globally accepted producer of enriched uranium dioxide and pellets. Additionally, UMP produces beryllium metal, compounds as well as semi-finished products, and runs a tantalum production line.
UMP is fully ISO 9001 and 14001 certified and is under strict supervision of the IAEA which audits the company material reports quarterly. Various programs for improvement of technical and administrative processes have been launched and completed in the last ten years and a sustainable business culture has been implemented. UMP operates in accordance with the highest quality and ecological standards comparable to Western fabricators and the most advanced uranium production facilities worldwide.
NUKEM has an excellent business history with UMP and purchased significant quantities of Enriched Uranium Product in the form of oxides and hexafluoride as well as ordered significant processing campaigns and beryllium deliveries since 1996.