The program will demonstrate commercial readiness and national security capability.
USEC Inc. and the Department of Energy (DOE) have signed agreements to move forward with a $350 million cooperative research, development and demonstration (RD&D) program to confirm the technical readiness of the American Centrifuge, the next-generation U.S. uranium enrichment technology.
“Our agreements reflect the importance of this U.S. technology to our national security and will validate the readiness of the American Centrifuge technology for commercial deployment,” said John K. Welch, USEC president and CEO. “Over the last several months, we have been preparing our demonstration facility for installation of a full-scale commercial cascade with related plant infrastructure. With this RD&D agreement in place, we will move rapidly to build additional AC100 machines and related support systems to complete the demonstration cascade.”
USEC recently formed American Centrifuge Demonstration, LLC (ACD) to carry out the program and has agreed to put in place a governance structure for ACD to provide enhanced program management and execution for the performance of the RD&D program, subject to USEC’s requirements under its license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. This structure is anticipated to include a board of managers of ACD that will not be controlled by USEC.
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Source: USEC Inc.