Areva launches commercial production at Georges Besse II North enrichment plant

On March 29, 2013 Areva formally launched its Georges Besse II North uranium enrichment facility at Tricastin. The launch is part of the plan to inclrease the capacity of the facility to 7.5 million SWU by 2016. The Georges Besse II South plant (with reported capacity of 2.5 million SWU) was inaugurated in December 2010. It reached the production level of 1.5 million SWU in June 2012 and was operating at about 70% of its capacity as of the end of 2012.