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Areva is rolling out a new enrichment technology that divides by 20 (or more, maybe one of our nuclear experts can be more precise) the energy cost of enrichment. This will actually free up one or two existing nuclear tranches in Cadarache.

They have recently asked for (or obtained?) a license to build such a plant in the US.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Thu Jul 12th, 2007 at 07:25:52 AM EST
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Not really a new technology.

They are deploying centrifuge plants based on Urenco technology (the company Pakistan spied on to build their bomb).

But, yes, they are retiring the Georges Besse gaseous diffusion cascade and cutting their electricity bill by 20 or so. Also, they are going to be able to rev up the use of reprocessed uranium.

by Francois in Paris on Thu Jul 12th, 2007 at 08:17:36 PM EST
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