AREVA's mining activities
AREVA covers the activities of exploration, extraction and processing of uranium ore, as well as the reclaiming and monitoring of sites after they have been mined. After new uranium deposits have been indentified, the ore is extracted using various methods: open-pit mining, underground mining or in-situ recovery. The ore is then processed in plants near the extraction sites.
The first stage in AREVA's mining activities, exploration consists of identifying new uranium deposits. Viability must then be verified.
Ore extraction is carried out using different techniques. Every effort is made to guarantee staff safety.
Once extracted, uranium ore is transported to a processing plant. We then obtain concentrated uranium, or "yellow cake".
This industrial activity requires specialized know-how. The French government entrusted AREVA with upgrading all such sites across the country.