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Uranium: Exports

Volume 504: debated on Wednesday 27 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much reprocessed uranium in (a) oxide and (b) uranium hexafluoride (UF6) has been exported to each destination since January 2009; for what purpose in each case; who the owner is of each consignment; and what transport route was used for each consignment. (312699)

Since January 2009 there has been only one export of reprocessed uranium from the UK. In compliance with all appropriate transport regulations, 107.5 tonnes of uranium in the form of uranium trioxide was exported from Sellafield to Russia on behalf of two existing reprocessing customers in Germany and the Netherlands. The uranium was transported by rail from Sellafield to Hull and then by ship to Russia. The uranium will be processed for manufacture into nuclear fuel.

The export licences for this shipment were approved following the receipt of satisfactory end user undertakings from the consignee. The details of the specific customers involved is commercially confidential information, contained in appropriate contractual documents.