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Enrichment

In 2015, the demand for enrichment services was evaluated at around 47 000 tSW. According to the WNA’s latest estimates, world enrichment requirements are expected to rise over the 2015-2030 period, reaching a level nearing 80 000 tSW by 2035. This is mainly due to new nuclear build prospects in Asian and Middle Eastern countries, particularly China and India.

 The current commercial enrichment nameplate capacity of approximately 57 000 tSW is considered to be sufficient to cover demand until 2020. According to various industry-lead scenarios, projected primary supplier capacities will be more than sufficient to meet enrichment demand at least through 2025. Secondary sources (mainly downblending of HEU and use of MOX and ERU) will be available to meet world enrichment requirements beyond this date.

 

Operating commercial uranium enrichment facilities with approximate 2015 capacity

Company Nameplate capacity in
2015
(tSW)
Share of global capacity (%)
TVEL/Tenex (Russia) 26 600 47
Urenco (UK/DE/NL/USA) 19 100 33
AREVA-GBII (France) 7 000 12
CNNC (China) 4220 7
Others* (CNEA, INB, JNFL) 175 1
World total 65 600 100

Source: WNA, The Nuclear Fuel Report -Global Scenarios for Demand and Supply Availability 2015-2035.
(*) CNEA, Argentina; INB, Brazil; JNFL, Japan.


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