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Atomic vapor laser isotope separation in France
Author(s): Noel Camarcat; Alain Lafon; Jean-Pierre Perves; Alex Rosengard; Guy Sauzay
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Paper Abstract

France has developed a very complete nuclear industry, from mining to reprocessing and radwastes management, and now has a major electro-nuclear park, with 55 power reactors, supplying 75% of the nation's electricity and representing 32% of its energy requirements. The modern multinational EURODIF enrichment plant in Pierrelatte in the south of the country supplies these reactors with enriched uranium as well as foreign utilities (30% exports). It works smoothly and has continuously been improved to reduce operating costs and to gain flexibility and longevity. Investment costs will be recovered at the turn of the century. The plant will be competitive well ahead of an aging production park, with large overcapacity, in other countries. Meanwhile, world needs will increase only slightly during the next 15 years, apart from the Asian Pacific area, but many world governments are becoming well aware of the necessity to progressively resume nuclear energy development worldwide from the year 2000 on.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 May 1993
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1859, Laser Isotope Separation, (28 May 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.145494
Show Author Affiliations
Noel Camarcat, Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique (France)
Alain Lafon, Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique (France)
Jean-Pierre Perves, Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique (France)
Alex Rosengard, Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique (France)
Guy Sauzay, COGEMA (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1859:
Laser Isotope Separation
Jeffrey A. Paisner, Editor(s)

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