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: