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Melox is a modern large PWR mixed Pu/U oxide fuel (MOX) fabrication facility having a nominal fabrication capacity of 115 tons heavy metal per year. The handling of nuclear material in Melox is highly automated. Consequently, the nuclear material is not easily accessible for the inspectors, and the material follow-up system is highly computerised. The paper presents the scheme of safeguards activities devised for Melox, and demonstrates how this approach solves the problem of successfully safeguarding a large MOX fabrication facility, using modern technology including unattended data acquisition systems for NDA equipment and a large volume of computerised data.

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Authors: ARENZ H ET AL., European Commission, Luxembourg (LU);BEAUDOIN P, Melox, Marcoule (FR);MOLINARI P, Melox, Marcoule (FR);PETIT P, CEA, Paris (FR)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: ESARDA - 17th Annual Symposium, Aix-la-Chapelle (FR), May 9-11, 1995
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 39608 ORA
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