AREVA Initiates Mining Innovation Center Project
PARIS -- February 14, 2014
AREVA (Paris:AREVA) initiated this week the project for the construction of
the Mining Innovation Center at its Bessines site (Limousin, France). This
facility for mining research and expertise represents an investment of 33
million euros and will entail the construction of a new building.
Current activities at SEPA (Service d'Etudes de Procédés et Analyses) are lead
by a team of 80 people who develop new processes for mineral ore treatment.
Created in the 1980’s, the SEPA is currently divided between two separate
buildings: one unit for developing pilot projects and a dedicated analysis
The Mining Innovation Center will join these two activities in a single 9,500
m² building, enabling the AREVA teams to work in a larger facility featuring
the latest technology.
“The SEPA is renowned worldwide for its research and expertise in mineral ores
originating from all continents. With construction schedule to begin in 2015,
the Mining Innovation Center will provide our teams with a high-performance,
new facility,” said Olivier Wantz, Senior Executive Vice President, Mining
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transparency and ethics are setting the standard, and its responsible
development is anchored in a process of continuous improvement.
Ranked first in the global nuclear power industry, AREVA’s unique integrated
offering to utilities covers every stage of the fuel cycle, nuclear reactor
design and construction, and operating services. The group is actively
developing its activities in renewable energies – wind, bioenergy, solar and
energy storage – to become a European leader in this sector.
With these two major offers, AREVA’s 46,000 employees are helping to supply
ever safer, cleaner and more economical energy to the greatest number of
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