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.

Subscribe to Nuclear Power International magazine

Did You Like this Article? Get All the Energy Industry News Delivered to Your Inbox

Subscribe to an email newsletter today at no cost and receive the latest news and information.

 Subscribe Now


The Time is Right for Optimum Reliability: Capital-Intensive Industries and Asset Performance Management

Imagine a plant that is no longer at risk of a random shutdown. Imagine not worrying about losing...

Going Digital: The New Normal in Oil & Gas

In this whitepaper you will learn how Keystone Engineering, ONGC, and Saipem are using software t...

Maximizing Operational Excellence

In a recent survey conducted by PennEnergy Research, 70% of surveyed energy industry professional...

Leveraging the Power of Information in the Energy Industry

Information Governance is about more than compliance. It’s about using your information to drive ...