, formerly Cogema
(Compagnie générale des matières nucléaires
) is a French
company, created in 1976 from the production division of the French government's CEA
: Atomic Energy Commission
.) It is an industrial group active in all stages of the uranium fuel cycle
, including uranium
, spent fuel reprocessing
, and recycling., §2, The French Desire for Uranium
, Nicholas Pederson, ACDIS occasional paper. Accessed on line December 23, 2007. 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.
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, with controlling shares still held by the French government.
The COGEMA La Hague site
, located on the western tip of the Cotentin Peninsula
, 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