ORANO – Forward Looking Energy
ORANO is a reliable and competitive long-term uranium supplier with a large volume of reserves (182,000 MtU) in 2016. The group has twenty year worth of production visibility and thus guarantees its customers a long-term supply of uranium for the purpose of electricity production.
ORANO has a diverse portfolio of mining activities, such as exploration programs in Canada, Mongolia, Niger, and Kazakhstan; and mining projects in different stages of development such as Zu Zuuvch Ovoo in Mongolia, Imouraren in Niger and Trekkopje Mine in Namibia, which is under Care and Maintenance since July 2013.
ORANO has operating mines in Niger (SOMAÏR and COMINAK), Canada (McArthur River and Cigar Lake operated by Cameco), McClean Lake processing mill and Kazakhstan (Katco). Lastly, the group has dismantled installations and remediated sites in France, Gabon, the USA and Canada. It ensures the remediation and environmental monitoring in compliance with very strict environmental standards.
ORANO’s mining activities is driven by the ambition of achieving profitable, socially responsible, environment-friendly growth with the focus on process development and optimisation, on safety, occupational health and protection of the environment.
The Trekkopje Mine is situated 70 km northeast of Swakopmund in the Erongo Region. Since 2005, the calcrete-hosted deposit has been developed in three phases, as it presents a technical challenge due to its low uranium content and the use of alkaline heap leaching. On 3 October 2017, a new safety milestone of five years without lost-time injury (LTI) was achieved for ORANO Namibia.
The Care and Maintenance (C&M) team at Trekkopje Mine will continue protecting the mine’s infrastructure so that it can be commissioned when the economic conditions become more favourable.
ORANO Namibia has engaged with stakeholders at local, regional and national level in the areas of economic development, education, culture and sport and complies with the Namibian Government’s HARAMBEE Prosperity Plan.
ORANO has secured access to water via the Erongo Desalination Plant to mines and communities. The desalination plant, owned by ORANO, has assisted NamWater to meet the water demand of the other uranium mines when pumping from the Omaruru Delta (Omdel) aquifer had to be reduced.
ORANO supplies high added-value products and services to support the operation of the global nuclear fleet. The company is present throughout the entire nuclear cycle, from uranium mining to spent fuel recycling, including nuclear reactor design and operating services. ORANO is recognized by utilities around the world for its expertise, its skills in cutting-edge technologies and its dedication to the highest level of safety. ORANO’s 40 000 employees are helping to build tomorrow’s energy model: supplying ever safer, cleaner and more economical energy to the greatest number of people.