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CANDU Reactors are specifically designed such that they do not require enriched uranium, and can operate entirely on naturally-occurring uranium. A CANDU design is generally used by parties that do not desire uranium enrichment facilities, due to the cost of those facilities.

That said, a CANDU reactor CAN use enriched uranium, they are fully capable of supporting that fuel type.

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