South Africa switches to LEU

21 July 2005

The Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (Necsa) is planning to convert its research reactor to use low-enriched uranium (LEU) over the next three years.

The South African Fundamental Atomic Research Institution 1 (SAFARI 1), located at Pelindaba, was commissioned in the 1960s as a materials test reactor and is now mainly used for the production of radioisotopes for nuclear medicine applications.

There is an increased effort to phase out the use of high-enriched uranium in research reactors globally, in line with international standards on non-proliferation.

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