Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant

Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant

The Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant, located in Piketon, Ohio, began operations in 1954 as part of a U.S. government expansion program for the production of highly enriched uranium to fuel military reactors and nuclear weapons production.

Later, the Piketon plant, along with its sister enrichment plant in Paducah, Kentucky, took on a different mission: the production of low-enriched uranium to fuel commercial nuclear power plants around the world. Both plants are owned by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

In May 2001, Centrus ceased uranium enrichment operations in Piketon and consolidated operations in Paducah. The following year, transfer and shipping operations were also consolidated at Paducah. Centrus de-leased the Piketon plant back to DOE in September 2011.

Today, the Piketon site is hosting Centrus’ American Centrifuge Demonstration Facility and is the future home of the American Centrifuge Plant.

American Centrifuge is Centrus’ next-generation uranium enrichment technology.

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