Enrichment: Russian Haleu for US Advanced Reactor Vendors?

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The US Department of Energy's (DOE) need for high-assay low-enriched uranium (Haleu) is putting it in the crosshairs of deteriorating US-Russia relations: Russia is the only realistic supplier for delivery in the DOE's timeframe and yet with the looming threat of further sanctions as Russia advances in Ukraine the agency is faced with the prospect that its advanced reactor program could be delayed for lack of the necessary fuel. There is no possibility of US supply in the near-term — following congressional scrutiny of its sole-source contract with the DOE, Centrus Energy will now have to compete for a federal contract to operate its domestic Haleu demonstration project in Ohio.

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