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Strategic Nuclear Materials

BWXT is a proven leader in the handling and processing of uranium-bearing material for advanced nuclear power applications.

Capable. Experienced. Licensed.

BWXT possesses decades of experience downblending high-enriched uranium (HEU) for both government and commercial use. For nearly forty years, BWXT has furnished nuclear fuel for national laboratories, universities and international customers, delivering thousands of fuel elements.

Our experience in processing advanced fuel materials as well as fabricating and assembling nuclear components provides customers with a turnkey design-develop-deploy option that is unmatched in
the U.S. nuclear industry. Comprehensive licensing capabilities from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) authorize BWXT to manufacture a variety of specialized fuel forms:

  • Uranium oxides
  • Uranium oxycarbides
  • Uranium carbides
  • Uranium nitride
  • Uranium alloy

BWXT owns and operates the only two NRC Category 1 licensed commercial nuclear facilities authorized to handle and process HEU. This key distinction is unmatched by other aspiring fuel developers. In addition to required licensing, the nature of our fabrication processes allows us to produce fuel at any enrichment level, providing the utmost flexibility for locating and procuring uranium feedstock. Limited availability of high assay low-enriched uranium (HALEU) is not an obstacle for BWXT. Our downblending experience has given us the capability to fabricate HALEU product from HEU feedstocks.

From general concept layouts to detailed engineered drawings, we also support the design and development of advanced power systems for space applications. BWXT is drawing upon previous experience with space nuclear reactors to explore the utilization of low-enriched uranium-based fuel (LEU) in current projects. We are capable, experienced and licensed to handle all uranium enrichments – from depleted to fully enriched.