Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (Ansto) on 10 February signed a contract with Areva the for the supply of a new TN81 cask for the transportation and storage of universal residue from the reprocessing of Ansto’s used fuel.
Areva said the cask will be used for the return and storage of universal vitrified residue from the Sellafield reprocessing plant in the UK. The residue will be stored at Ansto’s facility at Lucas Heights near Sydney. The cask is the second TN81 cask supplied by Areva to Ansto. The previous one was for the return in 2015 of intermediate-level waste from La Hague reprocessing plant in France and its storage at Lucas heights. The TN81 cask is based on forged steel technology and can hold up to 28 universal residue canisters.