Areva takes centrifuge route on enrichment

5 November 2002

Areva said it had signed a memorandum of agreement with Urenco to work together on centrifuge development. Cooperation would include design and construction of centrifuges as well as R&D, in a 50:50 joint venture.

A final agreement on the joint venture is expected soon. The decision by Areva to invest in centrifuge technology marks the end of a long investment in enrichment by gaseous diffusion. Cogema and Urenco will continue to compete in producing and marketing enriched uranium.



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