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Unpacking nuclear

Nuclear power has a future ahead of it, because it is a competitive, low-carbon energy capable of supplying safe and plentiful electricity. It's up to us to prove it.
What we are eager to do with this section is to help you better understand our activities, provide you with answers to your questions, make this energy resource accessible to you, central as it is to the energy transition challenges that face us all, so that everyone can make up their own minds about nuclear energy.

Expert voices : podcasts to inform and enlighten

A series of podcasts to help people form their own opinions on nuclear power and the major energy issues.

Fighting cancer: History and role of nuclear medicine

Orano Med combines biotechnologies and nuclear technology to develop new therapies in the fight against cancer.

All about the IPCC report on climate change

In December 2015, the signing of the Paris Agreement (COP21) made it possible to set the objective of limiting the global rise in land temperatures to 2°C by 2100, and even to1.5°C if possible. It is in light of this ambitious goal that the IPCC has published this new report. 

Everything you need to know about PNGMDR

From April 17 to September 25, 2019, the National Public Debate Commission (Commission nationale du débat public – CNDP) is organizing a public debate in order to prepare for the 5th National Plan for the Management of Radioactive Materials and Waste (Plan National de Gestion des Matières et Déchets Radioactifs – PNGMDR) for 2019-2021.

All about radioactive waste in France

Managing radioactive waste, whether high or intermediate level, is a duty of responsibility towards future generations. Orano contributes to this by allowing the recycling of recoverable materials and by participating in the safe management of waste.

All about France's Multi-years Energy program PPE

A public debate on the energy transition mobilized French experts and citizens between 19 March and 30 June 2018. In his speech on the Multi-Year Energy Program (or PPE - Programmation Pluriannuelle de l’Energie)

All about used fuel processing and recycling

French expertise in used fuel recycling offers a lasting solution to the issue of nuclear waste. While recycling is now recommended for all industries (plastics, metals, glass, batteries, etc.), the nuclear industry has been a pioneer in this area for more than 40 years.

Nuclear power: a safe form of energy

Nuclear power is a mature and safe industry, and France has more than 50 years of experience in building and operating nuclear facilities. It's an industry where safety and protection are two absolute priorities.

Nuclear energy, France's 3rd-largest industrial sector

Nuclear energy is currently France's 3rd-largest industrial sector. A sector representing 200,000 non-relocatable skilled jobs, spread over 2,600 companies throughout the country.

All about uranium at Orano

Uranium is a heavy metal that occurs naturally in the earth’s crust and even in seawater. Uranium is found in various types of ore and is about 1,000 times more abundant than gold!

Dismantling: Orano's global strengths

Dismantling nuclear power plants is a lengthy process that takes operators far from their core business.

Mining: Recipe for yellowcake

Here’s the recipe for yellowcake as prepared in the AREVA mill at McClean Lake, Canada.

All about plutonium

Plutonium is a chemical element with the symbol Pu and the atomic number 94. It is a hard, white metal that resembles iron. The forms of plutonium most commonly used in the nuclear industry are Pu 239, Pu 240 and Pu 241.
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