The only industrial site of its kind in Europe, Tricastin covers an area of 650 hectares across 3 districts, 2 departments and 2 regions. AREVA’s Tricastin facilities are part of the Front End business group. Areas of expertise include uranium conversion and enrichment and production of nuclear fuel assemblies.
Spanning an area of 650 hectares, the Tricastin site extends through the districts of Bollène, Pierrelatte, and Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux to the Drôme and Vaucluse department borders. Key figures:
- More than 2,900 employees, 35% of whom are residents of surrounding communities (Pierrelatte, Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux, Bollène, Lapalud, Mondragon, and Bourg-Saint-Andéol)
- 2000 jobs created at other companies (full-time, over and above construction site employment)
- 1500 people employed at various construction sites (Georges Besse II plant, COMRHEX II plant, etc.) over approximately 10 years
For over 40 years, AREVA group companies and employees have been developing expertise in chemistry and uranium conversion and enrichment. To meet the growing demands of its utility customers around the world, AREVA decided to invest over 4.5 billion euros in this site.
The plants Georges Besse II, COMURHEX II and other major projects will upgrade and modernize the industrial facilities to ensure the region's future prosperity.
Plants at Tricastin site
Plants at the Tricastin site carry out some industrial processes to convert uranium from mines into fuel for nuclear power plants.
The Tricastin plants strive to limit their environmental impact. The surrounding natural environment is subject to constant testing.
Dissemination of information
Explore key publications from the Tricastin site.
Tricastin, an industrial complex devoted to chemistry
For more than 40 years AREVA has been developing its know-how in the field of chemistry related to uranium conversion and enrichment at its Tricastin site. To meet the growing demand of its customers, the Group is currently making major investments in this area.
Visits are only permitted in a professional context.
Due to counter-terrorism measures, the site is no longer open to the general public.
A visitors tour program has been created so that the public can still view facilities at the Tricastin nuclear site: “A tour around”, every Thursday from April to September.
Reservations and information:
Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux Tourism Office: Phone: +33 (0)4 75 96 59 60