Orano’s stable isotope production is based on the skills and cutting-edge technologies used in the transformation, conversion and enrichment of uranium. This industrial experience has allowed the Group to develop a new activity outside the field of nuclear power, namely the production of stable isotopes.
“The stable isotopes activity is a consolidation of Orano’s expertise. It stems from the development of skills and processes applied in our nuclear plants to create new applications in France outside the nuclear field”.
By harnessing its industrial experience for the production of stable isotopes,Orano offers a high level of expertise at every stage of the process.
The project is initially based on the technologies currently used on uranium in the Orano plants at Tricastin and Malvési. The natural element must first be converted into gas if it is not already gaseous. In many cases, this stage is based on fluorine chemistry, which is used for uranium in Orano’s conversion plants.The element converted into gas can be enriched or depleted using an industrial technology called centrifugation. The element is then converted back into the form required by the customer.
The stable isotopes activity broadens the Orano group’s field of possibilities. This expertise is intended for customers operating in the healthcare, research and industrial sectors.
A few examples of specific applications:
Spanning a surface area of 3,200 m2, the stable isotopes production laboratory is located at the center of the Orano Tricastin industrial facility.
The production unit was designed to meet the expectations of the international market and to ensure the production of high-purity isotopic and chemical products tailored to user requirements.
The stable isotope activity is run by a team of around twenty highly qualified operators, including experts in chemistry, enrichment and quality analysis.
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