December 28, 2011
The Uranium Enrichment Plant of JNFL went into operation in March 1992 with the first cascade, RE-1A (150tSWU/year). Further cascades of 150tSWU/year have been subsequently added to reach the capacity of 1,050tSWU/year (150tSWU/year × seven operational units) in October 1998.
Of the 1,050tSWU/year capacity, the 75tSWU/year section at RE-2A has been undergoing work to update the original centrifuges to new ones since March 2010. JNFL hereby announces that the 37.5tSWU/year portion (first half of the initial introduction section) of the updating section has commenced its operation (pre-conditioning interim operation) today.
This portion will undergo the pre-conditioning interim operation for the time being before shifting to commercial production operation around March 2012.
【Overview of the work plan】
|Category||Commencement timing of operation
(pre-conditioning interim operation)
|First half of the initial introduction section (37.5tSWU/year)||December 2011|
|Second half of the initial introduction section (37.5tSWU/year)||December 2012|
*SWU (Separative Work Unit): Unit expressing the magnitude of work required to enrich natural uranium