About us


The Innovation Center for Extractive Metallurgy (CIME) of Orano is recognized worldwide for the research and development of scientific and industrial processes applied in the recovery of radioactive or non-radioactive materials.

CIME provides complete technical and support solutions for its customers, employing specific techniques and regulatory authorizations supported by a team of professionals composed of experts, engineers and technicians.

At the heart of a benchmark industrial platform

Orano develops innovation and technological excellence at the Bessines-sur-Gartempe industrial platform in the Limousin region France. 140 people work in 6 areas of expertise, of which CIME is a part of :

Site of Bessines-sur-Gartempe Site of Bessines-sur-Gartempe

• Geosciences: Worldwide geological heritage and the study of ore samples collected around the world

• Maurice Tubiana Laboratory: Pb212 production for cancer treatments.

• Remediation: Supervision of redevelopment work and environmental monitoring

• Depleted Uranium Storage: A global resource for the energy of the future

• Urêka Museum: Discovering the uranium mining adventure



  • Development and improvement of physico-chemical and metallurgical processes
  • Physico-chemical and radiological analysis laboratory
  • Conducting tests on the nuclear cycle and processes for the recovery of metals
  • Optimization of investment and operating costs (CAPEX / OPEX)


  • Under Euratom control and classified under ICPE heading 1716, 2787
  • Analysis laboratory accredited by COFRAC on the NF EN ISO / IEC 17025 standard, accreditation n°1-58-73, scope available on www.cofrac.fr
  • ISO 9001 certified, integrated into an ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 certified industrial site 
  • Authorized for air, road, rail and marine transport of hazardous or radioactive materials
  • Activities regulated and monitored by ASN, DREAL and IRSN


  • Expertise and versatility of internal skills
  • 4 transverse sections: studies, test laboratory, industrial pilots and analysis laboratory
  • On-site customer support capabilities
CIME works with its customers in more than 10 countries and continues to develop its activities in extraction and mineral operations.
Worldwide CIME
200 000
Parameters analyzed per year
200 to 300
Test sheets
2t Th
Material Holding Authorization
34t U
Material Holding Authorization
Uranium 235 enriched to 5% Material Holding Authorization
  • Le CIME: Trusted partner – Brochure
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