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West African states prepare MOU on nuclear cooperation

Nuclear Policies

29 July 2015

The newly created West African Integrated Nuclear Power Group prepared a draft memorandum of understanding and three-year action plan at its first meeting, held last week in Niamey, Niger. The heads of delegations from Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal will take the MOU document to their respective governments for signature, which will commit them to proceeding with the initial planning for a regional nuclear power program.

Hostage relief for Areva


30 October 2013

Released French hostages 48French nationals from Areva and contractor Vinci have been released after three years in captivity. They were kidnapped by Islamic militants near the Arlit uranium deposit in Niger.

Terrorists target Areva site


23 May 2013

UPDATED Areva has confirmed that 15 people were injured in a terrorist attack at its Somair uranium mine in Niger, one of which later died the same day. The site was the target of one of two simultaneous attacks in the north-west of the country.

'Balanced partnership' for Areva and Niger

Uranium and Fuel

27 May 2014

The Nigerien government and Areva have signed a new partnership that provides Niger with higher sovereign royalty payments from mining operations led by the French state-controlled firm.

Niger mine resumes full operation

Uranium and Fuel

07 August 2013

Somair mine (Maurice Ascani_Areva) 48Areva's Somair uranium mine in Niger is now back to full operation following the terrorist attack in May that saw one worker killed and several injured.

French hostages in Niger 'alive and well'


04 January 2013

Four French nationals including an Areva employee who have been held captive in Niger by Al Qaeda's North African arm for over two years are in good health, France's foreign minister has told their relatives.