Successful centrifuge test at NEF

4 February 2010

Louisiana Energy Services, a subsidary for Urenco, has successfully completed the first low frequency spin test at its National Enrichment Facility in the USA. The test confirms the electrical and mechanical readiness of the centrifuges to enrich uranium.

“This is a tremendous success,” said Reinhard Hinterreither, president and chief executive. “It confirms that we are on target to bring our first cascade on-line.” Reinhard also commented that the successful outcome of this test provides a template for successive centrifuge assemblies and deployments.

Gregory OD Smith, chief operating officer and chief nuclear officer for LES, said: “The test runs a series of complex checks to ensure everything from the drive systems to the mechanical and power systems are working as required. Now we know we can run the machinery and systems up with confidence.”

Both officials from LES and the US Department of Energy attended the test.

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