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Nuclear Power

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 16 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of the efficiency of high burn-up fuel used in nuclear power plants. (291346)

The Department has not assessed the efficiency of different burn-up1 levels for nuclear fuels.

The fuel and its burn-up efficiency is a matter for the commercial operators to address, whilst ensuring that regulatory requirements are met.

1 Burn-up is measured by the amount of energy extracted for a given mass of uranium-units GWd/tU.