Melox

The Orano Melox recycling plant, located in Marcoule, Gard, produces Mox fuel assemblies made from a blend of uranium oxide and plutonium developed from spent fuel. They are intended to supply light water reactors for electricity production.

23 years of experience in the industry
725 employees
● Surface area: 11 hectares
● Total production: Over 2,600 tonnes of Heavy Metal (HM)
● 2017 production: 110 tML

Melox News

Internationally-recognised expertise in Mox fuel

Pinpointed know-how

A reference player in the production of Mox fuel, Orano Melox is recognised for its expertise in multiple countries in which Orano provides Mox fuels, as well as for the technological services it provides in the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium and China.

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reactors worldwide have produced nuclear electricity using MOX since 1972.

A Mox fuel fabrication process in 5 main stages

From mixing powders containing depleted uranium to assembly, i.e., bringing the finished product to the customer, some 130 quality parameters must be met for Orano to call the manufacturing process complete, similar to what applies to uranium oxide fuels.

Optimal facility securing

The Orano Melox plant boasts first-rate response capabilities: assistance to victims, fire rescue, and response to malevolent acts. Monitoring and access control systems guarantee optimum security at the site where the nuclear safety and security authorities over 15 inspections each year.

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