AREVA: Enrichment: ramp-up of the Georges Besse II on schedule
PARIS -- January 16, 2013
Georges Besse II, AREVA’s (Paris:AREVA) new enrichment plant inaugurated in
December 2010, met a new milestone end of 2012 with more than 2.5 million
separative work units (SWU) per year of installed production capacity reached,
in line with the original project schedule.
Deployed over two separate units at the AREVA Tricastin site (France), the
South and the North plants, Georges Besse II produced its first commercial SWU
in 2011 using the centrifuge enrichment technology. With this technology,
Georges Besse II offers the best guarantees in terms of technical reliability,
energy saving and environmental impact.
Georges Besse II South plant is thus ramping up according to schedule, with on
average two additional cascades commissioned every month. At the end of 2012,
about 70% of the South plant is in production.
For the North plant, the civil engineering work and the Centrifuge Assembly
Building were finalised and operational readiness testing was also completed.
The North plant is expected to come on line in first quarter 2013.
Thanks to the modularity of the process, several cascades can be commissioned
each month until the full production capacity of 7.5 million SWU is reached in
Guillaume Dureau, AREVA’s Senior Executive Vice President of the Front End
business group, said: “The capacity milestone reached shows AREVA’s continuous
commitment towards enrichment activities to ensure security of supply for its
customers. This is also the result of AREVA teams’ total involvement to
conduct and deliver its projects on time and on budget.”
AREVA supplies solutions for power generation with less carbon. Its expertise
and unwavering insistence on safety, security, transparency and ethics are
setting the standard, and its responsible development is anchored in a process
of continuous improvement.
Ranked first in the global nuclear power industry, AREVA’s unique integrated
offering to utilities covers every stage of the fuel cycle, nuclear reactor
design and construction, and related services. The group is also expanding its
operations to renewable energies – wind, solar, bioenergies, hydrogen and
storage – to be one of the leaders in this sector worldwide.
With these two major offers, AREVA’s 48,000 employees are helping to supply
ever safer, cleaner and more economical energy to the greatest number of
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