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Areva NC

Areva NC, formerly Cogema (Compagnie générale des matières nucléaires) is a French company, created in 1976 from the production division of the French CEA (English: Atomic Energy Commission.) It is an industrial group active in all stages of the uranium fuel cycle, including uranium mining, conversion, enrichment, spent fuel reprocessing, and recycling.[1][2] In 2001, Cogema was merged with Framatome and CEA Industrie to form the larger group Areva; the subsidiary's name was changed to Areva NC in March 2006.[3][4] Areva NC is based in France and with its subsidiaries has a presence in more than 30 countries. It employs approximately 19,000 people worldwide.

The COGEMA La Hague site, located on the western tip of the Cotentin Peninsula in Normandy, reprocesses spent power reactor fuel to recycle reusable energy materials-uranium and plutonium - and to condition the waste into suitable final form.

Areva NC has uranium reserves in Niger, Canada, Australia and Kazakhstan. The last mine operation in France, La Société des Mines de Jouac, closed in 2001 when its reserves ran out. Now the company operates uranium mines only in Niger and Canada. It also conducts exploration, primarily in Canada, Niger and central Asia, to replenish its reserves.

See also

  • Eurodif program
  • Marcoule, a site shared by Areva NC and the Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique (CEA) nuclear organization


  1. ^ Cogema, Anti-Nuclear Alliance of Western Australia. Accessed on line December 23, 2007.
  2. ^ France and Nuclear Energy, §2, The French Desire for Uranium, Nicholas Pederson, ACDIS occasional paper. Accessed on line December 23, 2007.
  3. ^ AREVA : un avenir à préparer, Direction Générale de l'Énergie et des Matières Premières, April 16, 2002. Accessed on line December 23, 2007.
  4. ^ COGEMA becomes AREVA NC, history, Areva. Accessed on line December 23, 2007.
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