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Nuclear Reprocessing

Volume 932: debated on Thursday 19 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will list the countries which have nuclear reprocessing facilities; if he will give capacities in each case; and in respect of the USA whether there are any commercial facilities in the private sector.

I am advised that reprocessing facilities in the United Kingdom can deal with 2,250 tonnes/year. As regards countries overseas, the following capacities have been reported:

Country (excluding those with centrally planned economies)Expected capacity Tonnes/Year 1977
France1,100
Germany40
Japan20
India60
In addition, France and the United Kingdom will each have about 5 tonnes/year reprocessing capacity for fast reactor fuels. The American plant at Barnwell—Allied Gulf Nuclear Services—with a planned capacity of 300 tonnes is a commercial facility in the private sector, but its future is dependent on United States Government policy.