AMSTERDAM, April 3 Enrichment Technologies,
jointly owned by Areva and Urenco, said it
had shut facilities in five countries after two workers died
from their injuries in an accident at its Dutch plant last week.
The company, which supplies Urenco and Areva with machines
for enriching uranium, stopped production on March 31 in the
Netherlands, Germany, France, the United States and the United
Kingdom, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday.
"We don't know when production will restart," she said
without giving more details about the accident.
Dutch news agency ANP reported that the two employees became
unconscious from a lack of oxygen while working in a furnace in
Almelo. They were taken to hospital where they died.
The spokeswoman said the police and health and safety
inspectors were investigating the accident.
"Safety is our main concern right now," she added.
Enrichment Technologies employs 2,000 people in the five
countries where it operates, according to its website.
Urenco, the world's largest uranium enrichment company which
is owned by the British and Dutch states and Germany's two top
utilities, has a 50 percent stake in Enrichment Technologies,
while French nuclear group Areva owns the other 50 percent.