From feasibility analysis to project execution, Orano Projects' teams provide consulting and expertise upstream and downstream in the nuclear cycle, as well as outside the cycle and in non-nuclear applications. They provide trusted support for technical needs as well as for technical-economic optimisation or, for instance, in putting together regulatory applications that will fulfil all the authorities' expectations.
Thanks to its in-depth understanding of the process specification details provided by its customers, Orano Projects designs and develops a "process book" proposing industrialized solutions to achieve efficient installation.
Orano Projects boasts the experience and competence needed, first, to understand the complexity and fundamental operating parameters of a transformation process (physico-chemical, mechanical, thermal, etc.), and to assemble and/or design safe and robust implementation technologies that deliver secured performance for an industrial production facility.
From feasibility studies, to basic preliminary and advanced design and detailed pre-project studies and on to implementation phase, Orano Projects is a skilled provider of services all along the project development cycle, in particular as pertains to the nuclear fuel cycle. In this capacity, the teams can also supervise subcontracting for manufactering, construction and test management, production start-up and final transfer of facilities to the operator.
Orano Projects does more than just deliver the facilities it designs – it serves as a full-fledged support provider, on the ground. This means that it not only answers customers' questions, but also offers services at the work site for Maintenance and Maintenance in Operational Condition (MCO), in particular on aspects such as safety, processes and the securing of industrial computer systems.
Orano Projets boasts specific know-how in designing and managing decommissioning projects for nuclear facilities that have reached the end of their life cycle, in particular for new works or Waste Recovery and Conditioning (RCD) projects. Through the experience it has gained over the years, it is able to efficiently go through each stage, from defining and optimising decommissioning scenarios to conducting detailed technical and economic option review studies. That same expertise also enables it to optimise the design of new facilities, to the level “just necessary”.
The HRB masters and implements specific technologies in a so-called "high activity" environment. These include carrying out Non Destructive Testing (NDT), 3D scanning or thickness measurements.
To consolidate the basic data of the Group's major investment projects, the HRB develops and then assesses, on a laboratory scale, innovations in extraction, electrodissolution and cementing processes.
As part of the modernisation of the instrumentation and control systems at its existing and future plants, the HRB contributes its expertise alongside the Group's Innovation Department to develop 4.0 tools.