25 June 2010
URENCO USA today began production of enriched uranium. Production comes following initial authorisation to proceed granted by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on 10 June 2010. Deliveries of uranium hexafluoride feedstock to the site began 13 June 2010.
Operations began today with the introduction of uranium hexafluoride into Cascade 1, the first of many centrifuge cascades scheduled to become operational over the next few years. Those additions will provide a combined output equivalent to meeting approximately 10% of US energy demand.
Gregory OD Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer for LES and its URENCO USA facility, commented on the beginning of production. “This is the culmination of four years of effort since the NRC licensed LES to design, construct and operate a URENCO advanced centrifuge enrichment facility outside Eunice, New Mexico.
We are pleased to begin providing safe, cost effective and reliable US based uranium enrichment services to the commercial nuclear industry.”
Notes to editors:
LES / URENCO USA
LES, LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of URENCO Ltd. The URENCO USA, New Mexico plant is the nation’s most advanced uranium enrichment facility and will provide a secure domestic enrichment fuel supply source to U.S. nuclear energy companies for many years to come.
The URENCO Group
URENCO is an independent international energy and technology group with its head office based in Marlow in the United Kingdom. URENCO operates facilities in Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and New Mexico in the United States. It operates in a pivotal area of the nuclear fuel supply chain, which enables the sustainable generation of electricity for consumers around the world.
Utilizing its own world-leading centrifuge technology, URENCO provides safe, cost-effective and reliable uranium enrichment services for civil power generation within a framework of high environmental, social and corporate responsibility standards. Currently URENCO fulfils around 25 percent of the global enrichment market, and aims to establish itself as the leading global supplier of enrichment and enrichment technology.
Name: Don A. Johnson
Title: Communications Manager, URENCO USA
Direct Tel: 001 575-394-6099
Name: Jayne Hallett
Title: Head of Group Communications
Direct Tel: +44 (0) 1628 402297