La Hague

Orano Group is the world leader in the recycling of spent fuel from nuclear reactors worldwide. The site offers services for recycling radioactive materials, for future use in new fuels.

Operational excellence at the heart of la Hague transformations

At the Orano la Hague site, Operational Excellence is at the heart of the management process based on respect for standards, accountability, teamwork and presence in the field.
The strategy is based on a simplified organization and short decision-making chains.

Operational excellence is an approach aimed at securing the best performance for customers, the company and its employees.

Operational Excellence relies on:
• Identifying tasks that do not bring added value.
• Methodically implementing improvement workstreams.

Since its implementation, operational excellence has reduced running costs by 20%.

Significant distinctions
In March 2017, the Japan Institute of Plant Maintenance awarded Orano la Hague the "Excellence TPM - Category A” award. Recognized internationally, this award highlights companies engaged in an industrial performance approach called Total Productive Maintenance (TPM).

In June 2017, nine subcontractors from Orano la Hague and members of Nucleopolis, the nuclear division of Normandy Energies, received the Exc'Op designation. Awarded by the Normandy Development Agency, it commends subcontractor companies of major purchasers, strongly engaged in a process of operational excellence.


Innovation for the facility of the future

Creating a FabLab to encourage creativity
Since 2017, the FABLAB has been making it easier to "do it yourself". An experimental venue open to all employees, FABLAB offers anyone interested the chance to test and implement innovative solutions, from prototype to the final product.

Equipment available includes:
- 3D printers
- Software (video editing, modelling, etc...)
- Systems, and more

State-of-the-art technology
Remote handling of samples in hardened facilities, systems equipped with touch screen interfaces... Orano la Hague is a true technological model for many countries, and a place of constant innovation. Augmented reality and virtual reality are used regularly, especially for remote reactor maintenance operations on equipment in areas without physical or visual human access.
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