Areva's $883 million loan to Societe d'Enrichissement du Tricastin, owner and operator of the Georges Besse II enrichment plant in France, allows the company to benefit from financing conditions while retaining access to cash, said Jerome Guttieres, Areva's vice president for financial operations and treasury department. "It is worth noting that this entity [SET] is actually staffed, and not a shell company hosting contracts," he said.

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