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IAEA/USA Interregional course on
Preparations to Ship Spent Nuclear Fuel (1997)

Preparing for Shipments of Spent Nuclear Fuel
to the Savannah River Site


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Contact:
Mr. William D. Clark
Spent Nuclear Fuel Program Manager
U. S. Department of Energy
Savannah River Operations Office
P. O. Box A
Aiken, South Carolina 29802 USA
Tel.: +1-803-557-3759
Fax: +1-803-557-3996
email: bill.clark@srs.gov

IAEA/USA Interregional Training Course

Technical and Administrative Preparations Required for Shipment of Research Reactor Spent Fuel to its Country of Origin

13-24 January 1997
Argonne, IL

Preparing for Shipments
of Spent Nuclear Fuel
to the Savannah River Site

William D. Clark, Manager
Spent Nuclear Fuel Program
U. S. Department of Energy
Savannah River Operations Office


Contents of Presentation
  • Initial Contact with the Facility

  • Submittal of Technical Data

  • Contract Negotiations

  • Transportation Services

  • Scheduling & Completion of Shipment

  • Points of Contact

Initial Contact with the Facility
  • The Savannah River Site is preparing a questionnaire

    to collect data on inventories of spent nuclear fuel,

    fuel condition, cask handling capabilities, and

    shipment timing preferences.
  • Responses are requested by the end of February 1997.
  • Based on those responses, the U.S. Department of Energy

    will schedule a visit to the facility nine months to a year

    before the first shipment is planned.
  • Appropriate governmental contacts will be made prior to

    any visits.

Submittal of Technical Data
  • The Savannah River Site requires that technical data

    on the spent nuclear fuel to be returned be submitted

    for review prior to the start of a shipment.
  • This information is requested in the form of an Appendix A

    to the contract with the reactor operator.
  • The Appendix A is required to be submitted approximately

    six to nine months prior to the scheduled shipment.
  • Technical personnel from the Savannah River Site will work

    with the reactor operator to resolve any issues prior to the

    Appendix A being finalized.
  • The primary information requested includes the pre-

    irradiation fuel characteristics, the irradiation history of

    the fuel, and fabrication drawings of the fuel.
  • Additional requirements that must be met prior to shipment

    such as water samples and radiological surveys of shipping

    casks are detailed in the Appendix B to the contract.

Contract Negotiations
  • The U.S. Department of Energy - Savannah River Operations

    Office will prepare a draft contract for review by the reactor

    operator approximately one year before the first scheduled

    shipment.
  • Once comments are returned and resolved, the final contract

    will be prepared and sent by express mail for signature.
  • The contract is valid for the life of the program (e.g., 13 years).
  • Negotiations can take place with the reactor operator, a

    government agency, or with a representative in the United

    States.

Major Components of the Contract
  • Definitions

  • Customer's Requirements

  • Operational Aspects of the Shipments

- Prior to Departure

- In route

  • Further Assurances

  • Transport Packages

  • Payments & Fees (if any)

  • Excused Non-Performance

  • Contract Terms

  • Generic Contract Clauses

Transportation Services
  • The U. S. Department of Energy will provide a transportation

    services contractor for each shipment from an other than high

    income country as described in the EIS.
  • This contractor will provide support for all aspects of making

    a shipment including onsite technical support, cask rental

    services, loading operations support, export/import permits,

    security planning, scheduling, and coordination with other

    casks included in a shipment.
  • The U. S. Department of Energy will reimburse the contractor

    for costs incurred to make the shipment.
  • DOE will prepare a task order for the contractor to perform

    all services required to return the spent nuclear fuel from

    a foreign country to the United States.
  • The contractor will interface directly with the reactor operator

    to provide required services, equipment, and technical

    expertise.
  • Initial contact between the transportation services contractor

    and the reactor operator will occur approximately 6 months

    prior to the scheduled shipment.
  • If canning of failed fuel or other unique requirements are

    involved, initial contact may be made earlier.

Scheduling & Completion of Shipments
  • Once the technical data (Appendix A) has been approved, a

    official shipping date will be set.
  • Shipments are grouped by regions and occur every 2-3 months.
  • Oversight of loading operations by the U.S. Department of

    Energy or its designated representative is required.
  • Casks, upon receipt at the Savannah River Site, will be

    unloaded in a pre-determined order at a rate of approximately

    four per month.

Requests for Special
Shipping Arrangements
  • Requests for special shipping arrangement can be made.
  • These may include:

- The use of specific casks

- The use of multiple casks

- Shipments at specific times of the year

- Urgent or accelerated shipments (must be justified)


Points of Contact

Shipment Planning & Scheduling, Technical Data, Contracts,
Transportation Services

  • William D. Clark
    Spent Nuclear Fuel Program Manager
    U. S. Department of Energy
    Savannah River Operations Office
    P. O. Box A
    Aiken, South Carolina 29802 USA
    Tel.: 803-557-3759
    Fax: 803-557-3996
    email: bill.clark@srs.gov
  • Charles E. Messick
    Foreign Fuel Shipment Coordinator
    Same mailing address
    Tel.: 803-557-3237
    Fax: 803-557-376
    email: charles.messick@srs.gov
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