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Monday, December 6, 2010

French enrichment plant to close in 2012 from World Nuclear News by Warwick Pipe

The Eurodif gaseous diffusion uranium enrichment plant will operate until the end of 2012 under a newly concluded agreement between Areva and Electricite de France (EdF) that sets the operating conditions for a gradual transition from production at the old plant to the new Georges Besse II centrifuge enrichment plant. The long-awaited agreement, reached under a joint strategic framework between the two companies, will see the 10.8 million SWU Eurodif plant start operating at its minimum technical capacity as soon as possible. The agreement will see EdF supply the plant's electricity for the next two years and also enables EdF to supply an additional 1000 MW of electricity to its customers over that period and guarantees a further 2000 MW beyond that date. The first stage of the first unit of Georges Besse II began operating at the end of 2009 and the second is due to start production in 2011, although the two units are not scheduled to reach full capacity until 2015 and 2016 respectively. Both groups expressed their delight that "a solution has been found to ensure the smooth transition between Eurodif and the Georges Besse II enrichment plant."
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