Areva’s uranium conversion plant gets go-ahead

22 May 2007 – The French nuclear group Areva has launched the Comurhex-II to build new uranium conversion facilities at its Malvesi site in France near Narbonne and at Tricastin.

Total investment will be €610m ($823m). The company’s CEO, Anne Lauvergeon, said Areva was the first industrial company to invest significantly in the uranium chemistry area in order to renew and upgrade conversion facilities.

The project will stand alongside the planned Georges Besse-II enrichment plant and the projected modernisation of the FBFC fuel fabrication facilities.