Nuclear plant operators demand a reliable fuel vendor that delivers on time. The risks of not having a dependable partner could cost millions of dollars; and in some cases, be catastrophic. For 50 years, the people at our Richland fuel manufacturing facility have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to meet our customers’ nuclear fuel needs and refueling schedules. Our flexibility and ingenuity has been put to the test – and each time we have succeeded.

Thanks to our global team of experts, our Richland facility is the most efficient and flexible fuel fabrication facility in the world. By implementing manufacturing best practices, we are delivering the most advanced fuel designs on the market today – GAIA for PWRs and ATRIUM™11 for BWRs. We are also an industry leader in enhanced accident tolerant fuel technologies from our PROtect program.

We have a rich history of offering not only the best fuel designs, but also in our extended range of technologies. For example, in 1998, we changed the process for converting uranium hexafluoride (UF6) into uranium oxide (UO2) powder when we implemented our dry conversion process – a technology that many have mirrored today.

Framatome’s investment and innovations have positioned our facility for the next 50 years. Each year, we invest in upgrading and enhancing our facility. This long-term vision has prepared us for the next evolution of fuel for the industry. Our advancements and improvements have automated much of our manufacturing processes and greatly reduced our environmental impact. Just as important is our commitment to safety improvements and regulatory compliance. For 12 straight years, we have received the highest rating from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission during the Licensee Performance Review. Licensed until 2049, we are positioned to deliver for years to come.