HKNIC - Conversion
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Conversion

The product of the mill is not directly usable as a fuel for power generation in a nuclear reactor. For most types of nuclear reactors, additional processing, known as enrichment, is required to raise the concentration of the usable uranium.

At a conversion facility, the uranium oxide concentrate is treated to give a chemically pure uranium oxide (U3O8) which is converted in turn into a gaseous uranium hexafluoride (UF6) ready for use in the enrichment plant.

Conversion