Following our press release of 28 January 2009, we are now in a position to communicate the following information about the shipment of Mixed Oxide (MOX) fuel to Japan that departed from France on 5 March 2009 (GMT).

The shipment departed from the port of Cherbourg

The purpose-built ships used are the Pacific Pintail and Pacific Heron.

The shipment consists of MOX fuel contained in transport casks.

The shipment will take a route to Japan around the Cape of Good Hope/ south west Pacific Ocean.

The shipment is scheduled to arrive in Japanese territorial waters in the second half of May 2009.

This statement is being released simultaneously in Japan, France and the UK by utility companies, AREVA/NC and INS respectively.

For more information contact:

Sellafield Communications

Steve Barnes
+44 (0)1925 833249

Ali McKibbin
+44 (0) 19467 85839

Ben Todd
+44 (0) 1925 834431

About PNTL

Pacific Nuclear Transport Limited’s ships are dedicated to the transportation of nuclear material that is classified by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) of the United Nations at its highest level of INF 3 class. The INF Code regulates shipments by sea of packaged irradiated nuclear fuel, plutonium and high level radioactive wastes.

PNTL has successfully completed over 170 shipments in the last 30 years. In each case, the nuclear material is shipped in specially designed packages known as ‘casks’ or ‘flasks’. The ships have safely covered more than 5 million miles and there has never been a single incident resulting in the release of radioactivity. Over 2,000 casks of nuclear material have been safely transported by PNTL.

PNTL operates as a subsidiary company of International Nuclear Services Ltd. PNTL is owned by International Nuclear Services Ltd, TN International and a number of Japanese companies.

About International Nuclear Services Ltd

International Nuclear Services Ltd manages the contracts and logistics for nuclear fuel recycling products and services for UK and overseas customers. It is 100 per cent owned by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

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