Here is why:
1/ As of end of Jun, 2013 - for the very first time in area of nuclear energy US doesn’t have enrichment capabilities – USEC, Inc. is our only option
2/ USEC AC100 cascades processing capabilities - 350 SWU, UK
The URENCO USA enrichment facility began operations on June 11, 2010. Construction of the project will continue until the plant reaches the planned 5,700 tSW/a capacity. URENCO USA is the first enrichment facility to be built in the US in 30 years and the first ever using centrifuge enrichment technology. Robust project, operational, and corporate teams have been established to monitor construction activities, and to ensure training and procedural development run to schedule.
Capacity at URENCO USA currently stands at 2,500 tSW/a. It is anticipated that at full capacity the facility can produce sufficient enriched uranium for nuclear fuel to provide approximately 10% of America’s electricity needs.