USEC Inc. has completed construction of its American Centrifuge commercial demonstration cascade.

USECUSEC Inc. has completed construction of its American Centrifuge commercial demonstration cascade. The 120-machine cascade is the centerpiece of a cooperative research, development and demonstration program (RD&D) with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). This program is intended to reduce technical risks and improve the future prospects of commercial deployment of the American Centrifuge technology.

“Completing construction of the demonstration cascade is a major step toward achieving the objectives of the RD&D program,” said Glenn Strausser, director of engineering, procurement and construction for the American Centrifuge project. “We completed cascade construction with an outstanding safety record, and the RD&D program remains on schedule and within budget. The experience we gained will be invaluable as we move forward with deployment of the full commercial plant.”

“This was a complete team effort between all project areas,” said Dan Rogers, general manager of American Centrifuge Plant operations. “We look forward to completing systems testing and beginning operations to confirm the technical readiness of the American Centrifuge technology.”

Construction activities included preparing the cascade for machine installation, making physical improvements to the facilities, removing existing cascade support equipment and installing new infrastructure systems. The plant operations group has also populated the cascade with its full complement of 120 centrifuges. With cascade construction complete, the project team will continue system testing in preparation for formal integrated systems testing required before the cascade becomes operational later this year.

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Source: USEC Inc. | April 3, 2013
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