Building and operating URENCO USA
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 2013, capacity at URENCO USA stood at 3,200 tSW/a. It is anticipated that at full capacity the facility can produce sufficient enriched uranium for nuclear fuel to provide approximately 10% of America’s electricity needs.
January 2013: URENCO USA officially completes Phase I of construction.
August 14, 2012: URENCO USA ran up the first Cascade in Separations Building Module 1003 (Phase II of construction).
August 29, 2006: Louisiana Energy Services (LES) broke ground at the location near Eunice, NM, later to become the URENCO USA site.
On June 23, 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.