Orano in China

Orano is represented in China by its 100% subsidiary Orano (Beijing) Technology Co. Ltd. Orano is an historical and long-term supplier of uranium to Chinese nuclear electric power companies. In addition Orano is engaged in a major cooperation with China National Nuclear Cooperation (CNNC) for the design, construction and operation of a large-scale industrial used fuel reprocessing-recycling plant in China. More recently China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) and CNNC selected Orano for the supply of used fuel dry storage systems for their Daya Bay and Tianwan nuclear power plants respectively.

1. In brief

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1.1 -Work force

  • 45 employees

1.2 - Main trades

  • Uranium
  • Conversion & enrichment services
  • Reprocessing-recycling technologies
  • Used fuel dry storage systems

2. Orano activity in China

Supplying fuel to Chinese nuclear power plants

Chinese domestic and overseas uranium production remains limited, and cannot satisfy the needs of the Chinese growing nuclear fleet. With 38 reactors in operation (37Gwe) and 16 reactors under construction (21GWe) at the beginning of 2018, China is an important buyer of uranium and a key market for the group.

Orano stands as a natural uranium reference supplier to China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGNP) and also supplies to CGNP uranium, conversion and enrichment services for the first core of the Taishan 1 & 2 EPRTM, as well as for the first 17 reloads.

A major reprocessing-recycling project

As part of its closed fuel cycle policy China is going to build a large scale 800t industrial used fuel reprocessing-recycling plant on the model of Orano’s La Hague plant and Melox plant.

Engaged since 2007 with the signature of an intergovernmental agreement on the back-end of the fuel cycle and a cooperation agreement between Orano and China National Nuclear Cooperation (CNNC), negotiations are now in their final stage. Objective of the state owned company CNNC – both a nuclear operator and in charge of all fuel cycle activities in China – is to start the plant commercial operation in the early 2030s, which means the launch of the project in 2018/2019.

Used fuel interim dry storage systems

Late 2016 CNNC and CGNP selected Orano for the supply of used fuel dry storage systems (horizontal NUHOMS®) for respectively Daya Bay and Tianwan nuclear power plants. Thirty-seven NUHOMS® dry storage systems will be delivered and installed on the two sites in 2019/2020, allowing the safe interim storage of approximately 1200 used fuel assemblies (PWR and VVER).



Orano (Beijing) Technology Co. Ltd


Phone: + 86 10 8531 6300
E-mail: china-info@orano.group
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