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AREVA's Front End activities

Fuel manufacturing: tubes leaving the furnace

The Front End activities of the nuclear fuel cycle take place following the mining and processing of the ore. The front end combines the services of uranium conversion and enrichment along with the manufacturing of fuel assemblies for nuclear reactors.

Man alongside fluorine electrolysis cells

The know-how of the Chemistry BU, front end and back end of the nuclear fuel cycle, allows it to propose services in non-nuclear chemistry.

Construction of the Georges Besse II enrichment plant in October 2008

Enrichment consists of increasing the proportion of uranium-235 found in the natural uranium in order to produce a fuel that can be used in nuclear reactors.

UO2 pellets

The Fuel BU covers every aspect of the fuel design and fuel production, from zirconium technology to the finished assembly.


Display of the new factory "Georges Besse II"

The Georges Besse II facility will take enrichment activity at AREVA into a new era.

Front End facilities
Georges Besse II plant
The Georges Besse II plant under construction - December 2010

A new era for enrichment