25) Aktau still possesses infrastructure and experienced personnel remaining from the BN-350
reactor which the Soviets operated there from 1973 to 1999.
Kazakhstan "safely shut down the BN-350 plutonium production reactor in Aktau,
At the new long-term storage facility the BN-350 spent fuel will continue
By 1972 the BN-350
, a demonstration unit fueled with uranium enriched up to 20% to 25% uranium-235 and mixed oxide uranium-plutonium (MOX) test fuel assemblies had started operations.
On the basis of research done at these institutes, the BN-350
reactor in Kazakhstan and the BN-600 at Beloyarsk were commissioned.
This will be the first station built in the country following the shutdown of its BN-350
nuclear reactor in 1999.
Even though Kazakhstan has some of the biggest uranium deposits and is the largest uranium producer in the world, it s only nuclear power plant, a BN-350
nuclear reactor at Mangyshlak, was decommissioned in 2001 after almost 30 years, as per to the U.
The most recent example of that was that Kazakhstan safely shut down the BN-350
plutonium production reactor in Aktau, secured approximately 100 tons of weapons grade spent fuel, and transported that fuel to a new secure storage facility in Eastern Kazakhstan.