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ABOUT KNF History

History

KEPCO NF[KEPCO Nuclear Fuel] is a group company of KEPCO [Korea Electric Power Corporation] founded in 1982. As a representative public atomic energy company, KEPCO NF performs high-level reactor core design, nuclear fuel fabrication, safety analysis and related services. In many ways, KEPCO NF has been pursuing opportunities for upgrading and expansion to global markets developing patented nuclear fuel and design code. KEPCO NF has been supplying the nuclear fuels to all the nuclear power plants in Korea, both PWR and PHWR, based on the experience of localization and accumulated technology. In addition, KEPCO NF has been constantly exporting primary components of nuclear fuel and service equipments, and also started supplying the nuclear fuels to Barakah nuclear power plants in UAE since 2017.

History

  • 2018
    • NovemberCertified as National Excellent Quality Competitiveness Enterprises for 18 consecutive years(2001~2018)
    • October Awarded in 2 categories at 2018 IBA Stevie Awards
    • September Received certification of Best HRD
    • April Attained ISO International standard for a new linear calibration method
  • 2017
    • December Extended recognition range as a national certified testing institute from KOLAS
    • November Received ISO 37001 Certification for an anti-bribery management system
      Certified as National Excellent Quality Competitiveness Enterprises for 17 consecutive years(2001~2017)
    • October Awarded in 2 categories at 2017 IBA Stevie Awards
    • January First shipment of UAE nuclear fuel
    • January Started commercial operation of NSA plant
  • 2016
    • December Developed uranium Refinement & Separation Technology
      Completed construction of NSA plant
    • November Certified as National Excellent Quality Competitiveness Enterprises for 16 consecutive years(2001~2016)
    • October Extended recognition range as a national certified testing institute from KOLAS
    • October Awarded in 3 categories at 2016 IBA Stevie Awards
    • August Developed Operational core Analysis and SImulation System[OASIS]
  • 2015
    • December Received ISO 27001 Certification for an information security management system (ISMS)
      Hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the third plant of PWR fuel fabrication
    • November Certified as Excellent Quality Competitiveness Enterprises for 15 consecutive years
    • October Recognized with Quadruple-Award Win at 2015 IBA Stevie Awards
    • September Received certification of Best HRD
    • February Awarded Grand Prize for The Korea Social Contribution Companies
  • 2013
    • December Accredited by KOLAS as a National Certified Fuel Testing Laboratory
    • November Certified as National Excellent Quality Competitiveness Enterprises for 13 consecutive years (2001~2013)
      Received the President’s National Quality Management Award for National Quality Innovation
    • October Awarded Grand Prize for 2013 Global Standard Technology Management
    • September Exported radioactive decontamination equipment to Fukushima, Japan
      Listed on 2013 K-GWPI (Korea Great Work Place Index)
    • July Received ISO 14001 Certification
    • February Secured own technology of Local Nuclear Fuel and Core Design Code
  • 2012
    • November Attained ISO International Standard for a method of measuring a gadolinia content
    • October Awarded Grand Prize for Global Standard Quality Management by Korea Management Association
      Signed contract with Nuscale, the U.S. for SMR nuclear fuel development
    • January Exported Nuclear Fuel Service Equipment to China
  • 2011
    • November Started exporting Zirconium alloy-covered pipes
    • April Started commercial operation of KWN
  • 2010
    • September Launched a new Corporate Identity
  • 2009
    • January Started commercial production of zirconium alloy tubes
    • February Established KWN joint venture for CEA production
  • 2008
    • April Started the commercial supply of ACE7™ (Advanced fuel for WEC-type NPP)
    • November Completed construction of Tube fabrication plant (TSA)
    • December Expanded Production Capacity of PWR Fuel to 550 MTU/year
  • 2006
    • April Started the commercial supply of PLUS7™ (Advanced fuel for KSNP)
  • 2002
    • September Received KOSHA 18001 Program
  • 2001
    • May Accredited as Calibration Laboratory by KOLAS
  • 1999
    • March Changed the company name to KEPCO Nuclear Fuel Co., Ltd.
  • 1998
    • January Completed construction of the 2th plant and Launched commercial operation of PWR fuel(200MTU-->400MTU/year) & PHWR fuel(400MTU/year)
  • 1997
    • August Attained ISO 9001:2000 Certification
  • 1996
    • December Took over the nuclear fuel design operation from the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute
  • 1994
    • October Started to independently design nuclear fuel for the reload core
  • 1992
    • January Established R&D Center
  • 1989
    • July Shipped the first domestically produced nuclear fuel for light water reactors (Kori-2)
    • January Started the commercial production of nuclear fuel for light water reactors (200 ton-U/year)
  • 1982
    • November Founded KNF