European uranium enrichment company, Urenco, and France's EDF have signed a new long-term enrichment contract to serve the French reactor fleet.

The 'high value' contract supports the recycling of nuclear fuel by enriching uranium recovered from fuel which has been previously used and reprocessed, according to Urenco. 

"The technical complexities of enriching this material will involve expertise from across Urenco and upgrading our facilities," Urenco said in a statement.

The contract was signed by EDF's senior executive vice president of nuclear and thermal Dominique Minière and Urenco's chief executive officer Thomas Haeberle at the British Embassy in Paris.

Commenting on the deal, Dominic Kieran, Urenco’s chief commercial officer, said: “Urenco is proud to be part of EDF’s endeavour to recycle spent nuclear fuel. It is a significant step in further proving the sustainability of nuclear energy and a testimony to Urenco’s technical capabilities.”

Photo: Dominique Minière, EDF’s group senior executive vice president, nuclear and thermal and Urenco CEO Thomas Haeberle during the signing ceremony (Source: Urenco)