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The Back End Operations in brief

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The Back End activity offers industrial solutions to reduce nuclear power’s environmental footprint. AREVA is a world leader in the recycling field in particular, which involves recovering recyclable materials from used fuel and fabricating new fuels for use in reactors.

Goals and outlook

To build on recognized nuclear and industrial safety expertise

To assert leadership in used fuel recycling

To expand its presence in the cleanup and dismantling market, especially internationally

To participate in the development of new recycling platforms

To develop products and services for the shipment of nuclear materials and fuel

Synergistic Business Units

 

Recycling

The Recycling Business Unit makes nuclear power a recyclable energy, with valuable uranium and plutonium recovered from used fuel for reuse in new MOX fuel for nuclear power reactors. AREVA has a very large technological and industrial lead in recycling and has set the standard in this field worldwide.

 

Logistics

The Logistics Business Unit designs and manufactures casks to ship and store nuclear materials. It also provides nuclear materials shipping services to the entire AREVA group as well as to external customers.

 

Dismantling and Services

AREVA Dismantling and Services designs and implements dedicated, tailor-made or global solutions for nuclear operators in three sectors: dismantling, waste management and services to nuclear operators. With a track record stretching back over 45 years in the management of major projects, AREVA Dismantling and Services is the French leader in the sector. Its expertise and proven technical solutions are serving AREVA's projects all around the world.

 

 

An international market

A number of countries are planning to recycle their used fuel, or are interested in that option. Several of them, seeking to deploy large-scale nuclear power programs, are turning to the technology of recycling, which contributes significantly to energy self-sufficiency and acceptability.

Other countries with important investment in nuclear infrastructure, such as China, want to have their own facilities.

Back-end activities around the world