The URENCO USA facility began operations on June 11, 2010. Construction of the project will continue until the plant reaches the planned 5,700 tSW/a capacity. URENCO USA is the first enrichment facility to be built in the US in 30 years and the first ever using centrifuge enrichment technology. Robust project, operational, and corporate teams have been established to monitor construction activities, and to ensure training and procedural development run to schedule.
At the end of December 2015, capacity at URENCO USA stood at 4,600 tSW/a. It is anticipated that at full capacity the facility can produce sufficient enriched uranium for nuclear fuel to provide approximately 7% of America’s electricity needs.
July 2014: All Cascades in SBM1001 / 1002 / 1003 / 1004 are operational.
June 2013: URENCO USA ran up first Cascade in Separations Building Module 1004.
January 2013: Receipt and Dispatch Building receives cylinder approval for operation.
August 2012: URENCO USA ran up the first Cascade in Separations Building Module 1003 (Phase II of construction).
June 2010: URENCO USA commenced operation.
August 2006: Louisiana Energy Services (LES) broke ground at the location near Eunice, NM, later to become the URENCO USA site.
June 2006: Louisiana Energy Services (LES) was issued a license to construct and operate a gas centrifuge uranium enrichment plant to be known as the URENCO USA facility, located five miles east of Eunice, New Mexico.