This report, commissioned by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy (NE), provides a comprehensive set of cost data supporting a cost analysis for the relative economic comparison of nuclear fuel cycle options for use in the DOE Nuclear Technology Research and Development (NTRD) Program (previously the Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative (AFCI). The report describes the NTRD cost basis development process, reference information on NTRD cost modules, a procedure for estimating fuel cycle costs, economic evaluation guidelines, and a discussion on the integration of cost data into economic computer models.
This report contains reference cost data for numerous fuel cycle cost modules (modules A-O) as well as cost modules for a number of reactor types (R modules). The fuel cycle cost modules were developed in the areas of natural uranium mining and milling, thorium mining and milling, conversion, enrichment, depleted uranium disposition, fuel fabrication, interim spent fuel storage, reprocessing, waste conditioning, spent nuclear fuel (SNF) packaging, long-term monitored retrievable storage, managed decay storage, recycled product storage, near surface disposal of low-level waste (LLW), geologic repository and other disposal concepts, and transportation processes for nuclear fuel, LLW, SNF, transuranic, and high-level waste.
Since its inception in 2003, this report has been periodically updated. The last external edition was published in December of 2009 as INL/EXT-07-12107 and is replaced by this current version, published in September of 2017 as INL/EXT-17-43826. This information is used in the ongoing evaluation of nuclear fuel cycles by the NE NTRD program.Questions about this report or the NTRD economics analysis effort should be directed to Brent Dixon, the lead author of this edition, or Ed Hoffman, the lead for future updates.
Brent Dixon, (208) 526-4928Ed Hoffman