Monday, December 18, 2017

Russia, U.S., celebrate "Megatons to Megawatts" program

On Sept. 26, officials in Yekaterinburg held a closing ceremony for the "Megatons to Megawatts" program.

The program was implemented in 1993 by a U.S.-Russian non-proliferation agreement to convert high-enriched uranium taken from dismantled Russian nuclear weapons into low-enriched uranium for nuclear fuel.

Consul General Mike Reinert, Department of Energy Team Leader Dennis Meyers, Urals Electrochemical Integrated Enterprises General Director Alexander Belousov and their American and Russian colleagues took part in the ceremonies.

The Department of Energy's Dennis Meyer said that the HEU-LEU program had reached the 92 percent mark at this point, with 463 metric tons of 500 metric tons of HEU converted to LEU. The number is equal to more than 18,500 nuclear weapons.

It is estimated that 10 percent of U.S. electricity in recent years came from fuel from the "Megaton to Megawatts" programs.

The U.S. Will continue special monitoring visits through 2013 and Russia will continue to monitor the processing of LEU into nuclear fuel for peaceful use into 2014.

The program is recognized as a positive example of U.S. And Russian joint efforts to prevent the proliferation of high-enriched uranium.