The ECM Group announced that its subsidiary, Furnaces Nuclear Application Grenoble SAS (FNAG), has been awarded a contract for the design of an installation comprised of two vacuum sintering furnaces for the production of the fuel known as MOX (mixed oxide). FNAG is currently working on the design for the production phase, which specifically includes the production, qualification trials and commissioning of the two furnaces for Shaw AREVA MOX Services’ Savannah River site in Aiken, S.C.

The MFFF (MOX Fuel Fabrication Facility) has been designed for the reprocessing of 34 tons of plutonium resulting from the dismantling of American nuclear weapons so that it can be used as fuel for civil nuclear power stations. This stock plutonium will take approximately 15 years to process.