American Centrifuge Technology Demonstration and Operation Agreement

  • Built on success of previous centrifuge research, development and demonstration program
  • Preserved a domestic uranium enrichment capability for national security

Beginning in June 2012, Centrus performed work under a cooperative agreement with the U. S. Department of Energy for the research, development and demonstration of the American Centrifuge technology.  The agreement provided for cost sharing for work performed between June 2012 and April 2014.

Centrus achieved or exceeded all of the RD&D program technical milestones and performance indicators on or ahead of schedule and on or under budget, and the cooperative agreement expired by its terms on April 30, 2014.

In 2014, DOE instructed UT-Battelle, the management and operating contractor for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, to assist in developing a path forward for achieving a reliable and economic domestic uranium enrichment capability that promotes private sector deployment and that supports national security purposes.

This task included, among other goals: (1) taking actions intended to promote the continued operability of the advanced enrichment centrifuge machines and related property, equipment and technology utilized in the American Centrifuge Project; and (2) assessing technical options for meeting DOE’s national security needs and preserving the option of commercial deployment. To carry out those instructions, ORNL chose to subcontract with Centrus.

On May 1, 2014, Centrus signed the American Centrifuge Technology Demonstration and Operations agreement with UT-Battelle, as operator of ORNL, for continued research, development and demonstration of the American Centrifuge technology in furtherance of DOE’s national security objectives. The contract concluded on September 30, 2015.

Scope of Work

The scope of work under the ACTDO Agreement included:

  • Continuation of cascade operations at Centrus’ Piketon Ohio facility,
  • Testing at Centrus’ test facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and
  • Core American Centrifuge research and technology activities; and the furnishing of related reports to ORNL.