EDF and Areva Reach Reprocessing Agreement

Areva and EDF announced February 5 that they had reached an agreement on transportation, treatment, and reprocessing of irradiated fuel.  Starting in 2010 EDF will increase from 850 to 1050 tons of heavy metal per year the amount of irradiated fuel that it sends to La Hague for reprocessing and from 100 to 120 tons per year the amount of MOX fuel that it has manufactured at Melox.  The quantities are actually those announced when a framework agreement on reprocessing was reached by the two parties at the end of 2008 [Nuclear Fuel, 29 Dec.08].  Areva and EDF promised to  sign a contract before the end of the first quarter of this year.  The two companies are working as hard as they can to rapidly reach an agreement in regard to Eurodif’s enrichment of uranium for EDF, they said.  Prime Minister François Fillon had given them a deadline of two weeks from a January 20 meeting to resolve their differences.

–Mary Byrd Davis

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