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Melox is a modern, large pressurised water reactor (PWR) mixed Pu/U oxide fuel (MOX) fabrication facility located in Marcoule, France, 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 inspectors, and the material follow-up system is highly computerised. The subject of this paper is to present the scheme of safeguards activities devised for Melox, and to demonstrate how this approach solves the problem of successfully safeguarding a large MOX fabrication facility, using modern technology including unattended data acquisition systems for non-destructive analysis (NDA) equipment and a large amount of computerised data.

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Authors: ARENZ H, CEC Luxembourg (LU);DOSSOGNE Ph, CEC Luxembourg (LU);KAISER S, CEC Luxembourg (LU);PATERNOSTER Y, CEC Luxembourg (LU);SCHENKEL R, CEC Luxembourg (LU);BEAUDOIN Ph, Melox, Marcoule (FR);MOLINARI P, Melox, Marcoule (FR);PETIT P, CEA Paris (FR)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: 17th Symposium on Safeguards and Nuclear Management ESARDA, Aachen (DE), November 9-11, 1995
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 39499 ORA
Record Number: 199610180 / Last updated on: 1996-03-01
Original language: en
Available languages: en