Economics of Radioisotope Production and Sustainability

Session Organizer:
Ron Cameron, OECD / NEA

The supply reliability of Mo-99 has declined over the past decade, due to unexpected or extended shutdowns at the few ageing, Mo-99 producing, research reactors and processing facilities. In addition to the ongoing concerns related to long-term reliability, all current long-term, major 99 Mo-producing countries have agreed to convert to using low-enriched uranium (LEU) targets for the production of 99 Mo. This decision was made based on important non-proliferation reasons; however, the conversion will have potential impacts on the global supply chain, both in terms of costs and available capacity. This topic will bring together panelists and contributing researchers and developers for a look at the near and long-term future.

INVITED PAPERS

Are isotope shortages a thing of the past?
Ron F. Cameron, OECD Nuclear Energy Agency, France

European Union's Efforts to Sustain the Supply of Mo-99
Remigiusz Baranczyk, European Commission - Euratom Supply Agency, Luxembourg

Sustainability of LEU Based 99Mo Manufacturing
Pieter Louw, NTP Radioisotopes, South Africa

Production Capacities of Mo-99/ Tc-99m Manufacturing Enterprises within ROSATOM State Corporation's Isotope Complex
Aleksey Vakulenko, JSC Isotope, Russia

Kevin Charlton, Nuclear Research and Consultancy Group (NRG), The Netherlands

Pablo Cristini, National Commission of Atomic Energy, Argentina