A part of Andra’s global mission is to share its experience both nationally and internationally. Over the years, Andra’s international cooperation has intensified through increasing and dense institutional exchanges and also thanks to its foreign business activities based on bi-lateral or multi-lateral agreements, and commercial contracts, all of which enrich our practical knowledge and enhan
Disposal facilities & waste management, promoting safety, dialogue and sustainability
We design, develop and operate solutions for radioactive waste
In operation used for disposal of VLL waste and protected from rain by a shelter roof
Logistics building for unloading of VLL waste and its storage before transfer to the disposal vaults
Conditioning building houses two compacting presses for low-density plastic or bulk metallic VLL waste, a solidification, stabilisation and inerting unit for hazardous waste; an additional inspection unit for the waste packages
Waste storage building
Storage building temporarily accepts the radioactive waste from activities unrelated to nuclear power and for which no disposal solutions exist as of yet
Grouping building and its sorting/treatment extension for grouping waste from activities unrelated to nuclear power and for sorting and treating some of these wastes
Final cap comprising various layers of natural materials (clay, alterites, aggregates, topsoil), built on the vaults filled with VLL waste, providing long-term confinement of these wastes.
Reinforced concrete structures built on the 30 hectare disposal area and in which packages of low and intermediate level, short-lived waste (LLW/ILW-SL) are disposed of.
Experimental cap structure to study a cover design which, after operation of the site, will ensure the long-term sealing of the disposal area
Underground work support zone (250 hectares):
Used to transfer the staff and equipment needed for excavation. Also houses the excavated materials.
Experimental cap models installed in 2014 in order to study a prototype cover consisting of shale samples from the facility's present cover mixed with bentonite.
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Package reception area
The radioactive waste packages arrive to Cigeo by train. On arrival, they are inspected and prepared before being sent down to the underground facilities
Transit building regulates the waste streams passing through the installations and is used for temporary storage of the waste packages requiring additional inspections.
Storm water basin
Storm water basin collecting all the rainwater from the site and also constituting a firefighting water reserve.
Orano- La Hague Spent Nuclear Fuel Processing Plant
Located next to the Manche disposal facility. Rain water collected from the Manche disposal facility (CSM) are channeled to the Orano water treatment plant before being discharged into the Sainte-Hélène stream or to the sea.
Cooperate and deliver.
Explore our global presence: countries with commercial Andra activities
of international excellence in surface disposal facilities
commited to overcome radioactive waste mangement challenge
of radioactive waste with an operational disposal solution
With Andra’s know-how covering most domains of radioactive waste management expertise, there are a lot of ways in which a counterpart agency or an industrial enterprise of the nuclear cycle could benefit from our experience.