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AREVA’s mining activities place it among the world leaders in uranium production. What is the main objective of AREVA’s mining activities? Ensuring uranium supply over the long term to produce nuclear power while emitting less CO2, reducing risks to people and the environment and contributing to the development of areas where mining activities take place.
The Group is currently conducting uranium exploration campaigns in Gabon through its subsidiary AREVA Gabon, which employs some forty people.
If sizeable deposits are discovered, the Group may one day mine uranium deposits in the country once again.
The Ministry of Mines of Gabon authorized AREVA to resume uranium prospecting activities in Gabon in late 2006.
Based on the first encouraging results, AREVA established AREVA Gabon in 2008, a wholly-owned subsidiary of AREVA whose corporate office is in Franceville, in Haut-Ogooué province.
It received four mineral exploration permits, each for 2,000 km2, to prospect in the most promising areas:
At the same time, COMUF and AREVA Gabon signed an agreement authorizing the latter to conduct exploration work in the Francevillian mining concession held by the CEA and leased to COMUF.
Field work and test drilling began in late 2009 and should help identify possible uranium-rich areas yet to be discovered.
Gilles RECOCHE – Directeur Général
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