PARIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Regulatory News:
At the end of October 2018, Orano signed a contract for an important volume of business with the JAEA1 (Japan Atomic Energy Agency) regarding the preparation of shipments to France of 731 used fuel assemblies from the Fugen reactor in Japan.
Orano will conduct all the technical preparatory works for the future shipments of 111 tonnes of nuclear materials planned to be carried out between 2023 and 2026, including the design and manufacturing of a fleet of transport casks which will meet national and international nuclear safety and security regulations.
The contract also envisages studies to be carried out prior to the acceptance and recycling operations for the used fuel at the la Hague plant.
« The signature of this major contract confirms that our customers are choosing nuclear recycling as a responsible and efficient solution for managing their used fuel. It consolidates the international dimension of our industrial platform in France », said Pascal Aubret, Executive Vice President of Orano's Recycling Business Unit. « This important step forward is also a reward for the all the work and effort put in by our teams on this project ».
For Frédéric de Agostini, Senior Executive Vice President of the Nuclear Packaging and Services Business Unit, responsible for logistics operations, « the choice that the JAEA has made further strengthens the long-term relationship that we have with our Japanese partners. Orano has internationally recognized know-how both in the design and approval of packaging by the competent authorities, and in the transport of nuclear materials. This unique expertise enables us to propose a solution that is safe, reliable and perfectly adapted to our customer’s needs ».
Orano transforms nuclear materials so that they can be used to support the development of society, first and foremost in the field of energy.
The group offers products and services with high added value throughout the entire nuclear fuel cycle, from raw materials to waste treatment. Its activities, from mining to dismantling, as well as in conversion, enrichment, recycling, logistics and engineering, contribute to the production of low-carbon electricity.
Orano and its 16,000 employees bring to bear their expertise and their mastery of cutting-edge technology, as well as their permanent search for innovation and unwavering dedication to safety, to serve their customers in France and abroad.
Orano, giving nuclear energy its full value.
1 The JAEA (Japan Atomic Energy Agency) is the Japanese public agency responsible for research and development activities in the nuclear field. The JAEA's mission is to work for the continuous improvement of nuclear safety, as well as to work on fundamental research to support nuclear energy and on the development of technologies for the processing and management of radioactive waste.