AREVA : Enrichment: Launch of Commercial Production of Georges Besse II
PARIS -- March 29, 2013
Regulatory News :
Luc Oursel, President and CEO of AREVA (Paris:AREVA), along with local elected
representatives and economic players from the Rhône Valley, celebrated today
the commercial launch of the Georges Besse II North uranium enrichment plant
at the Tricastin site (Drôme and Vaucluse).
The North plant enters into service two years after the South plant in
accordance with the project schedule.
This decisive step means that, beginning in April 2013, the delivery of the
first cylinders of enriched uranium to AREVA’s fuel fabrication plants and its
clients can go ahead.
In 2006, AREVA began a modernization program of its industrial facilities in
order to ensure the uranium supply to its utility customers. This program will
enable AREVA to have an enrichment capacity of 7.5 million SWU* per year.
Georges Besse II is being ramped-up gradually between now and 2016. Using
centrifugation technology, it consumes 50 times less electricity than the
gaseous diffusion technology previously used.
During the ceremony, Luc Oursel explained that “this is not only a significant
investment for the group and its customers, but also for the local area.
Two-thirds of the work at the Georges Besse II plant was carried out with
local industry partners who demonstrated their dedication through their
contribution to an on-time delivery. This will sustain our base in the region
over the next forty years.”
*Separative Work Unit
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