EDF subsidiary EDF Développement Environnement signed an agreement on 19 April to buy low-level radioactive waste operations in Sweden and the UK from Sweden's Studsvik for SEK355m ($44m), subject to certain closing adjustments. The agreement covers Studsvik's waste treatment assets and facilities for metal recycling, incineration and pyrolysis at the Studsvik's Nyköping site in Sweden, as well as the metal recycling facility near Workington in the UK. Low-level waste treated in these facilities is either recycled, free-released or volume-reduced and returned to the customer for final storage.
EDF and Studsvik also signed a cooperation agreement on nuclear decommissioning and radioactive waste management. EDF said, "This agreement will enable both companies to pool their expertise and to grow their activity to become benchmark operators in the sector." The transaction is expected to be closed during the third quarter of 2016, subject to the granting of necessary licences and permits by the relevant authorities in relation to the waste treatment business.
EDF said its purchase of Studsvik's waste business will reinforce the capacity of its radioactive waste treatment and packaging subsidiary Socodei. Sylvain Granger, head of EDF's decommissioning and radioactive waste management operations, said: "By combining Socodei and Studsvik assets, EDF will be able to offer a wide range of services in waste management and nuclear plant decommissioning and to strengthen its presence in Europe in this growing market."
Studsvik CEO Michael Mononen said, "The divestment of the waste treatment business and the cooperation agreement with EDF position Studsvik for growth, building on a more stable and focused business platform. We will continue to develop our fuel and materials technology, and consultancy businesses, not only in our home markets of Sweden, the UK, Germany, the USA and Japan, where many of our customers are preparing to decommission, but also in growing nuclear markets in Asia and the Middle East." Studsvik sold most of its radioactive waste operations in the USA to nuclear commercial services company EnergySolutions for $23m in February 2014.