Orano and SeAH Besteel deliver storage casks for US utility

14 June 2022

Orano TN Americas, a subsidiary of Orano NPS, and SeAH Besteel Co Ltd has completed and delivered the first dual-purpose used nuclear fuel dry storage cask manufactured for US utility by the SeAH Besteel Nuclear Shop in Gunsan, South Korea.

Following Orano’s purchase order in September 2019, SeAH Besteel established a mass production system for Orano’s dual-purpose casks achieving high-quality product design, assembly, and heat transfer capability in compliance with US and international nuclear standards.

“This first cask produced to our stringent requirements is an important milestone strengthening our international supply chain,” said Jean-Luc Palayer, Chief Operating Officer of Orano TN Americas, “and reflective of the quality manufacturing we rely on from SeAH Besteel.”

“Through the production and delivery of this first dual-purpose cask for Orano, SeAH Besteel’s fabrication technology is verified as fulfilling the strict quality standards required by the United States and international nuclear power markets,” said Yongjin Kim, Senior Vice President and Head of the Nuclear Business Department at SeAH Besteel.

As Orano’s regional partner for the development of high-quality casks, SeAH Besteel also produced transfer equipment in 2021 for Orano’s first TN-LC transport cask that is licensed for high burn-up used nuclear fuel in South Korea. This cask completed its first journey last year with an international transport of nuclear material from South Korea to Sweden.

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