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Uranium conversion is the process in which uranium is converted from one chemical form to another. This is most commonly the conversion of the U3O8 product from a mill to a form more suitable for either direct reactor operation (likely UO2 or U metal) or uranium enrichment (which would likely be UF6). Uranium conversion plants are essentially large-scale chemical process operations. The largest uranium conversion facilities are (in order of decreasing capacity as of 2007): Cameco (Canada), AREVA (France), ConverDyn (USA), Rosatom (Russia), CNNC (China), and IPEN (Brazil).

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