The Chemistry Business Unit (BU) is involved at various stages in the nuclear fuel cycle. On the front end, its main activity is the conversion of natural uranium, supplied by the Mining business group, into uranium hexafluoride, a precondition for uranium enrichment. The BU's know-how has also allowed it to develop activities in non-nuclear chemistry. On the back end, it plays a part in the recycling of uranium from used fuel.
The conversion of natural uranium into uranium hexafluoride takes place in 2 stages. The Chemistry business unit is a world leader in this market.
The transformation of depleted uranium and the recycling of the uranium recovered from used fuel round out AREVA's nuclear chemistry offer.