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From mineral prospecting to the processing of used fuel, via the enrichment of uranium and the construction of reactors, the nuclear power cycle is complex. Text and diagrams help this energy source, the supply of which is guaranteed in the long term, to be better understood.
With AREVA's uranium enrichment capabilities, customers benefit from thirty years experience and all the advantages of centrifugation - the most efficient technology in the world.
AREVA offers uranium enrichment for its customers (delivered in the form of uranium hexafluoride - UF6) in an agreed amount between 2 and 5%, for ongoing tails assays.
AREVA uses the ETC* centrifugation process. This is the most efficient, energy-saving process in the world. It is now used in the new Georges-Besse 2 plant (at Tricastin, France). With a modular design, this facility can adapt its capacity to market demand.
In order to provide a response close to its American customers, AREVA is building a second centrifuge enrichment plant at Eagle Rock, Idaho. It will be commissioned in 2014.
* ETC: Enrichment Technology Company, a 50% subsidiary of AREVA - the world leader in ultracentrifugation technology.
These investments enable our customers to benefit:
We also offer storage in our facilities to any customers seeking to secure their enriched UF6 stock.
Integrated multizone and multimodal transport solutions.
The range of fuel assemblies applies to all types of boiling water- or pressurized water reactors. It integrates all stages of the cycle leading to the supply of fuel to clients.
Enrichment consists of increasing the proportion of uranium-235 found in the natural uranium in order to produce a fuel that can be used in nuclear reactors.
AREVA's new uranium enrichment plant will mark the debut of the centrifugation process in France.