Centrus Becomes First U.S. Licensed HALEU Production Facility

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AC-100M Centrifuge (Source:  Office of Nuclear Energy).
AC-100M Centrifuge (Source: Office of Nuclear Energy).

June 23, 2021 | Originally published by Office of Nuclear Energy on June 23, 2021

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission recently approved Centrus Energy’s request to make high-assay, low-enriched uranium fuel (HALEU) at its enrichment facility in Piketon, Ohio. The plant is now the only licensed HALEU production facility in the United States.

The U.S. Department of Energy is currently supporting a three-year, $170 million dollar cost-shared demonstration project with Centrus. The company has already built 16 advanced centrifuge machines for uranium enrichment and expects to begin HALEU production by early next year.

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