Uranium enrichment plant in France ceases operation

After 33 years of operation, EURODIF’s Georges Besse enrichment plant in the Tricastin site in France’s Drôme department and operated by Areva, permanently ceased production at the end of the shutdown process that began May 14.

Using the gaseous diffusion process, the site met demand from nearly 100 nuclear reactors around the world since it was commissioned in 1979.

Areva has invested more than 3 billion euros ($3.78 billion) in recent years in the new Georges Besse II site to take over from EURODIF’s historic Georges Besse plant. The new plant has been in production since April 2011 using the centrifugation enrichment technology.

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