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DOE Gives AREVA Joint Venture Permission to Begin Operational Testing of New Ohio Facility

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June 17, 2010

June 17, 2010

Uranium Disposition Services LLC (UDS), a joint venture of AREVA, EnergySolutions and Burns and Roe, has achieved a significant milestone in its DUF6 project. On May 24, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued consent to begin Hot Functional Testing of the facility located at the DOE Portsmouth site in Ohio.

The Portsmouth facility, and a sister plant under construction in Paducah, Kentucky, will convert 700,000 metric tons of depleted uranium hexafluoride (DUF6) into uranium oxide (UO2), the most benign waste form with the safest disposition options, and aqueous hydrogen fluoride (HF), which can be sold commercially. The Portsmouth facility will covert 13,500 metric tons of DUF6 per year and is expected to operate until 2037. The plants use a proprietary AREVA process for deflourination of the UF6.

Hot Functional Testing is expected to continue for six months to confirm that the plant meets capacity requirements. UDS began project design on the facilities in 2002 and currently employs some 250 workers at the two sites.


Jarret Adams
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Véronique Larlham
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