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Budapest research reactor to switch to low-enriched uranium fuel

The switchover of the Csillebérc research reactor in Budapest to low-enriched uranium fuel is expected to be completed by early 2012, the Hungarian communications firm of Russian nuclear-fuel extraction and processing company TVEL, which supplies fuel to the Paks nuclear power plant, told MTI on Wednesday. The research reactor's high-enriched fuel rods have been transported to Russia since 2008. The switchover to the low-enriched fuel produced by TVEL began in autumn 2009, the statement said. Deputy director of KFKI Nuclear Energy Research Institute István Vidovszky said the research equipment is being switched over to low-enriched uranium fuel because of the higher safety requirements. (MTI-Econews)