AREVA’s mining activities comprise the exploration, extraction and processing of uranium ore as well as the reclamation and monitoring of sites after they have been mined.
After new uranium deposits have been identified, the technical and economic feasibility of mining them is assessed. When feasibility is proven, the uranium ore is extracted using the method – underground mining, open-pit mining, or in situ recovery – adapted to the deposit’s specific characteristics..
Exploration: finding new uranium deposits
As the first stage in AREVA's mining activities, exploration consists of identifying the most promising uranium deposits containing economically and technically minable uranium.
Extracting and processing uranium ore
Uranium ore is extracted in several steps. Once extracted, the ore is transported to a processing plant, where it is purified and concentrated to obtain yellowcake.
Reclaiming former mine sites
AREVA begins thinking about the end-of-life of its mining sites during the planning stages of mining projects. When mining has ended, the sites are dismantled and reclaimed in strict compliance with current environmental standards and in cooperation with local communities.
Responsible uranium extraction in Niger
AREVA produces 3,000 tons of uranium every year on the Arlit site through the companies COMINAK and SOMAÏR. A look at a desert town where economic activity, revolving round the mines, is accompanied by a concern for the education and health of the population, and environmental protection.