On April 9, Orano Mining took delivery of the new Innovation Center for Extractive Metallurgy (CIME) building, marking a new stage in its development.
This 8,300 m2 ecosystem consists of a 1,000 m2 pilot hall, numerous laboratories equipped with hundreds of containment elements such as fume hoods and extraction arms. This building meets the safety and radiation protection standards with most notably, the implementation of numerous air treatment and containment systems for high-risk areas.
Despite the particular context of the Covid-19 pandemic, all safety conditions were met to enable the teams to work in good health and safety conditions while respecting the work schedule. The project involved up to 120 people and 75 companies (80% of them from the local area) on the Bessines-sur-Gartempe site, France.
The challenges of the next few months will be to get the building up and running, which will involve interior design, moving all of the equipment and technologies from the old premises to the new building, and putting them into service, all without impacting current activities.
The Extractive Metallurgy Innovation Center develops customized industrial solutions for the recovery of radioactive and non-radioactive materials. These new facilities which represent an investment of 30 million euros, will enable CIME to strengthen its support for its customers in a state-of-the-art environment, and to continue its diversification into innovative projects in the fields of energy transition and the circular economy.
See you in this autumn for the inauguration!