Europe: Logistics Shrink Options for Russian Nuclear Fuel Imports

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Much has been made in the nuclear fuel market about the logistical problems shipping Russian enriched uranium product (EUP) to the US, but even in Europe, the tightening legal and practical impediments are making the import of Russian nuclear fuel increasingly difficult. European Union sanctions and Euratom Supply Agency policies are making it difficult to buy or sell Russian EUP in the EU, while UK and EU sanctions are also making it virtually impossible to return the EUP transport cylinders known as "30B" cylinders to Russia. These difficulties could cause serious problems for Rosatom fuel subsidiary Tenex, which is simultaneously facing a cylinder shortage due to Canadian sanctions. It will also certainly push European fuel buyers away from Russia, despite the lack of official sanctions against Rosatom.

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