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  • Arjan Bos, Head of Urenco Stable Isotopes, and his colleague, Peter Groen

Stable isotopes arrive in Italy

24 July 2014

Deep in the Gran Sasso mountains in Italy, research is taking place on very small, elementary parts called neutrinos.

To be able to do this research, scientists require Selenium82, which is a stable isotope produced by Urenco Nederland.

Head of Urenco Stable Isotopes, Arjan Bos, and his colleague, Peter Groen, visited the unique ‘Laboratori Nazionale del Gran Sasso’ (LNGS) to see Selenium82 in action.

LNGS consists of three corridors of almost 20 metres high and 100 metres tall, deeply carved into the mountain. One of the most impressive experiments in the lab is ‘OPERA’ which is built of 150,000 units lead with a total weight of 1,300 tonnes.


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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