USEC is to continue work on the first phase of a research, development and demonstration (RD&D) programme for its American Centrifuge project through March 2012, after agreeing a ‘path’ for interim funding with the US Department of Energy.

The $300 million RD&D programme proposed by DOE will enhance the technical and financial readiness of the centrifuge technology for commercialization, USEC said. It is expected to involve the manufacture/operation of additional production-design machines in a commercial set-up so that key systems can be tested.

USEC, which cut funding for the enrichment project in 2011, said it would continue to work with DOE and Congress to secure funding to complete the RD&D programme.

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