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Incident in a production hall of uranium enrichment plant SP5

01 September 2015

On 27 August, an incident took place in a production hall of uranium enrichment plant SP5. There were no personal injuries. There was a limited increase in the measurement of low radioactive material in the ventilation system on the roof of SP5. This does not pose a hazard for our surroundings or for our employees. The authorities have been informed.

An investigation into the cause of the incident is taking place. The incident took place in a support system in the feed- & take-off, the area where we flow the enriched uranium produced by our centrifuges to transport cylinders. There were no employees nearby when the incident took place. Operators in the control room noticed the incident and took the procedural steps to secure the enrichment process. A number of areas were temporarily evacuated as a precaution measurement. The production hall where the incident took place, has been taken out of operation in a controlled manner.


About Urenco

Urenco is an international supplier of enrichment services and fuel cycle products with sustainability at the core of its business. Operating in a pivotal area of the nuclear fuel supply chain for 50 years, Urenco facilitates zero carbon electricity generation for consumers around the world.

With its head office near London, UK, Urenco’s global presence ensures diversity and security of supply for customers through enrichment facilities in Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and the USA. Using centrifuge technology designed and developed by Urenco, and through the expertise of our people, the Urenco Group provides safe, cost effective and reliable services; operating within a framework of high environmental, social and governance standards, complementing international safeguards.

Urenco is committed to continued investment in the responsible management of nuclear materials; innovation activities with clear sustainability benefits, such as nuclear medicine, industrial efficiency and research; and nurturing the next generation of scientists and engineers.


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