January 26, 2024 | By Michael McMahon

NAC International congratulated Westinghouse Electric Co. on the delivery of nuclear fuel rods, including accident tolerant fuel, to the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) for examination and testing. NAC provided transportation services to Westinghouse for the shipment of fuel rods to INL. 

“We are proud to be part of this significant achievement. Providing our proven capabilities in packaging and transportation of nuclear materials, we play a key role in supporting deployment of innovative nuclear fuel solutions,” said Kent Cole, NAC President and CEO. “This delivery adds one more to the thousands of successful shipments NAC has completed safely, on budget, and on time.”  

This advanced fuel designed by Westinghouse will enable nuclear power plants to extend their operating cycles from 18 to 24 months, reducing costs and generating more revenue for operators. The new fuel is also designed to provide greater safety margins under certain accident scenarios. The testing and examination of the fuel rods at INL, as well as similar ones at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, are key steps in obtaining NRC approval.

NAC shipped the fuel rods using its proven NAC-LWT cask, considered the workhorse for transporting U.S. commercial used nuclear fuel. By transporting this used nuclear fuel as part of an R&D effort at INL, NAC is pleased to play its part in helping develop next-generation nuclear fuel. For more information about NAC’s industry-leading transportation services, click here.