Urenco to Upgrade 12,000 t Depleted UF6 at UEChK

Since May of this year, 3,600 t UF6 travelled by rail to Yekaterinburg where the depleted uranium will be re-enriched to reactor grade. This is the first such shipment of depleted U from Gronau for re-enrichment since 2009. An additional 8,400 t has been scheduled for transport through 2022.

The 12,000 t depleted U (average assay = 0.30% U-235), once returned to Urenco, translates to just under 2,000 MT natural uranium (4.4 Mlbs), or a little over 2% of annual demand.