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Nuclear fuel production at the Novosibirsk Chemical Concentrate Works, Russia. This is the starting stage, where material in the blue drums (from processed uranium ore) will be turned into pellets of uranium dioxide. The nuclear fuel pellets will be loaded into fuel rods and then used in a nuclear reactor to create a controlled nuclear reaction and generate electricity. Novosibirsk is in southern Siberia, near Russia's border with Central Asia. Photographed on 18 August 2006.
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