OPTION 3 - AREVA TRICASTIN SITE
About AREVA / Tricastin site
The only industrial site of its kind in Europe, Tricastin covers an area of 650 hectares across 3 districts, 2 departments and 2 regions.
AREVA’s Tricastin facilities are part of the Front End business group. Areas of expertise include uranium conversion and enrichment and production of nuclear fuel assemblies.
The Tricastin site gathers more than 2900 employees and 2000 jobs created at other companies (full-time, over and above construction site employment).
1500 people are employed at various construction sites (Georges Besse II plant, COMURHEX II plant, etc.) over approximately 10 years.
For over 40 years, AREVA group companies and employees have been developing expertise in chemistry and uranium conversion and enrichment.
To meet the growing demands of its utility customers around the world, AREVA decided to invest over 4.5 billion euros in this site.
Located on the Tricastin nuclear site in France’s Rhône valley, COMURHEX Pierrelatte transforms uranium into uranium hexafluoride (UF6) for power companies throughout the world.
Today, the UF6 chemical form of uranium is used in all enrichment processes, which is the step in the fuel cycle following conversion.
The fluorine required in the conversion process is produced on site. COMURHEX Pierrelatte has used its advanced knowledge and expertise to develop a wide array of fluorine products
outside of the nuclear sector which are used in the electronics and automobile industries. The facility employs 346 persons.
The Georges Besse plant operated by EURODIF Production converts natural uranium into a form that can be used in nuclear power plants.
In its naturally occurring state, uranium is made up of two isotopes: uranium 235 (0.7%) and uranium 238. For proper functioning,
nuclear power reactors require uranium with a 3% to 5% content of uranium 235. That is why uranium must first be enriched.
Two industrial procedures are used throughout the world: centrifugation and gaseous diffusion. The latter technique is used by EURODIF Production to separate uranium 238 from uranium 235.
This gives us enriched uranium and depleted uranium. The facility employs 1130 persons.
Departure from the Popes’ Palace
Arrival at the AREVA Tricastin site, access formalities
Welcome and presentation of Tricastin AREVA site activities
Changeover in the cloakroom
Visit of the Installation Georges Besse II for the first group of 10 participants
Visit of the Installation Comurhex II for the second group of 10 participants
Exit formalities and departure for Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Arrival at Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyard “Château La Nerthe”
Departure, arrival to the Popes’ Palace in Avignon at 18:30
- Visits are open to IBF/17 participants. Deadline for registration: 28 February 2017
- Please note: this technical tour (Option 3) will be restricted to only accessible areas and will be available to the first 20 registered delegates on a first come first served basis.