Front End Services – HALEU
Orano is currently collaborating with advanced reactor developers and DOE to leverage our expertise with all fuel types including the next generation of nuclear fuel – high-assay, low enriched uranium (HALEU). Current advanced reactor technologies
are based on gas-cooled, liquid metal, or molten salt designs, many of which require HALEU in the highest enrichment category. Utilizing higher enrichment fuel allows these next generation reactor technologies to achieve improved efficiencies and
longer core lifetimes. Orano can be a long-term supplier of HALEU, logistics, or other solutions in this new market.
Remote Operations and Maintenance
Whenever you design and build a nuclear facility, you integrate maintenance into the design. WE do this on all of our nuclear facilities and it’s critical for the facility to operate well. Using our operating facilities globally, we will translate
this robotics experience in our existing facilities. We will integrate this into the advanced reactors..
Orano’s experience in remote and robotic tooling and maintenance activity is extensive within our global nuclear facilities. Orano Federal Services has staff who are trained to integrate this methodology into U.S. advanced reactor designs from expertise
at La Hague – a world class demonstration of back end storage and recycling solutions.
Orano TN, through its TN Fabrication division, is a leading manufacturer of custom fabricated products and equipment for the nuclear industry, where specialized precision welding and machining are essential. We have a 30-year record of leadership and
innovation in nuclear material packaging and are a proven fabricator of products for the safe storage and transport of spent nuclear fuel. We are well- known for our manufacture of custom nuclear transportation and storage systems, including:
- PWR and BWR fuel assembly packages
- UO2 powder or pellet packages
- Radioactive Liquid transportation vessels
The state-of-the-art Orano TN facility in Kernersville, NC has 150,000 ft2 of manufacturing space and a 40-ton crane capacity. All welders and welding procedures are qualified to ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel (B&PV) Code Section IX and
AWS. In-house NDE inspectors (Level III & II) are qualified through AWS (CWI) and ASNT-TC-1A.
Orano also provides design, analysis, testing, and licensing support for numerous Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Licensed packages including the NUHOMS® suite of dry fuel storage products and TRUPACT-III, TRUPACT-II, HalfPACT, and RH-72B, packages.
TNF is the Center of Excellence for DSC Fabrication in the U.S., specializing in the EOS and 61BTH systems.
Packaging and Transportation
Packaging. Orano has a proven track record of providing safe and efficient packaging and transportation services to DOE and commercial projects from over 25 years of experience. We:
- Provide the nuclear industry with significant experience, lessons learned, and a depth of resources in packaging design, analysis, testing, licensing, and fabrication. Our expertise includes the ability to reach-back to Orano international divisions
to secure additional innovative technologies.
- Are an established market leader through a commitment to technology development, innovation, and a strong focus on customer service and delivery
- Have expertise in the analytical simulation and physical testing of radioactive material packages to demonstrate compliance with all IAEA, NRC, DOE, and DOT regulations, requirements, and standards
- Provide design, analysis, and fabrication of ancillary handling equipment, tie-down systems, and leak testing hardware for integrated packaging solutions
Key packages completed include the Hanford Un-Irradiated Fuel Package, Battelle Research Reactor Package, TRUPACT-III Contact-Handled Transuranic Waste (CH-TRU) Transportation Package, and the Remote-Handled Transuranic Waste Transportation Package RH-72B.
All work is performed under the Orano Federal Services 10 CFR 71 Subpart H QA Program.
In the last 25 years Orano has secured over 20 Certificates of Compliance (CoC) for NRC Type AF and Type B radioactive material packaging designs.
Transportation. Orano provides transportation services for spent fuel, plutonium oxide, mixed oxide fuel, and low and high-level waste. This highly specialized activity requiring sophisticated resources, which, corporately, we have been
performing this for more than 50 years. Orano Federal Services integrated this corporate expertise to offer our customers safe and proven solutions based on a fleet of dedicated packaging, equipment and means of road, rail, and barge transportation.
For over 10 years Orano has provided packaging and transportation services to the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), managing all aspects of their programs to handle, package, transport, and recycle nuclear fuel and high-level waste. At the INL, Orano
has accomplished between 1,000 and 2,000 hazardous and radioactive shipments each year without any non-conformance reports issued against the Orano packaging and transportation program. Orano continually provides exemplary packaging and transportation
services while reducing project risk.
INSERT PHOTO WITH CAPTION: Orano leads this R&D project is designed to obtain confirmatory data related to long-term storage of high burnup fuel.