US-based PerkinElmer Instruments (Ortec) and its Japanese joint venture (Segg) have won a contract to supply the pilot phase of the fuel recycling project at Japanese Nuclear Fuels with a new measuring device.

A K-Edge Densitometer will be supplied to prime contractor Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. The unit will be built and tested by PerkinElmer Instruments in conjunction with staff at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico (LANL), where it was developed.

The densitometer enables precise measurements of nuclides of plutonium and uranium to be made on the dissolver solution at the input to a fuel reprocessing facility. Such measurements are necessary to support the Nuclear Safeguards programme in Japan.