Technological Transition With a Long-Term View

Salanave, Jean-Luc
January 2003
Nuclear Plant Journal;Jan/Feb2003, Vol. 21 Issue 1, p37
Trade Publication
Born in the midst of the 1973 oil crisis around European electricity consumers and one producer, EURODIF has become a major international nuclear fuel enrichment actor. Throughout the last 20 years, its gaseous diffusion enrichment plant (GDP) has been improved and optimized. Its fiexibility is a unique asset, allowing the best use of the newly deregulated electricity market, for the benefit of its customers. Competitiveness, high safety standards and environmental excellence augur well for a reliable and sustainable future. This future will include a technological transition at some moment before the 2015 horizon. The progressive transition from gaseous diffusion to modern centrifuge is being planned, while making the best use of the existing Georges Besse diffusion plant, fit to serve well beyond the coming ten years, during which worldwide customers will benefit from EURODIF reliability, fiexibility and large capacity. With and beyond gaseous diffusion, Cogema/EURODIF will remain a sustainable long-term supplier of enrichment services in the developing electro-nuclear industry.


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