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AREVA's Mining activity covers prospecting, extraction and processing of uranium ore and the redevelopment of sites at the end of their service life. Present in North America, Africa and Kazakhstan, the group is in a position to guarantee supplies to its customers for the next 20 years.
The Arlit mine, being worked in the heart of the Sahara within Niger, is taking action in favor of the training and employment of the local population. People from Niger occupy 99 % of the 1700 positions created within the group's two mining companies in the country: SOMAÏR and COMINAK.
COMINAK and SOMAÏR, mining subsidiaries of AREVA, are the two first companies to be ISO 14001-certified in Niger. As part of their effective environmental management, right in the heart of the desert, they regularly check the fresh water for the villages located near the mines.
At Cluff Lake (Canada) and elsewhere in the world, AREVA is pursuing prospecting deposits of uranium in order to respond to growing world demand. The group, the third-largest producer in the world, holds 20% of resources, and has set itself the objective of doubling its production by 2012.
Imouraren is considered to be one of the largest uranium deposits in the world. The working of it will enable Niger to be ranked second in the world among producer countries. Its operation by AREVA, starting in 2012, is anticipated to last for 35 years.
Before being converted into fuel, the uranium goes through several stages. After leaving the Akoula mine in Niger, the ore is crushed, ground, then plunged into an acid bath at the COMINAK plant in Akouta. The concentrated product that results from these operations is called "yellow cake".
Once it has been extracted from the mine and concentrated in the form of "yellow cake", the uranium is transported to plants to undergo chemical transformation. From the Muyunkum (Kazakhstan) mining site, its journey begins by truck before continuing by train for 1000 kilometers.
The Mining business group covers exploration, extraction and processing of uranium ore and the reclamation of sites after production has finished. AREVA is the third largest uranium producer in the world, with a market share of around 14.6% in 2008. The group holds a broad portfolio of mines in operation (Canada, Kazakhstan and Niger), as well as projects under development (Africa).
AREVA offers a portfolio of three latest generation (III+) reactor models intended for use in nuclear power plants: EPR™, ATMEA1™ and KERENA™. They allow electricity providers to achieve their competitiveness, safety and power generation capacity objectives. The power range of these reactors goes from 1,100 MWe to more than 1,650 MWe.
The Renewable Energies Business Group is at the heart of AREVA's industrial strategy. It currently covers four areas: wind energy, bioenergy, solar power and hydrogen power, as well as energy storage. This diversified portfolio places the group well ahead in the development of CO2 free electricity production solutions. It enables trends to be followed in a market in which clients are demanding greater diversification.