Veolia to supply waste treatment plants for UK Magnox

15 March 2017

UK nuclear site licence company Magnox Ltd has chosen Veolia Nuclear Solutions, through its subsidiary Kurion Inc, to design and build treatment units that will remove radioactive waste from the effluent and ponds at its Chapelcross, Hinkley Point A, Oldbury and Dungeness A sites.

Paris-based Veolia said the units will remove radioactive substances in polluted water before the water is discharged to the sea. The Modular Active Effluent Treatment Plants, the first deliveries of which are scheduled for 2018, will be similar to those installed by Veolia at Fukushima-Daiichi. Veolia said its technology enables removal of 99.9% of the radioactivity present in contaminated water at Fukushima.

The Magnox project is scheduled to run until 2020. The design phase of the contract will be completed at Veolia’s offices at Richland in the US state of Washington. Subsequent fabrication of the units will be completed by UK-based firms under the supervision of the Veolia team.

Veolia’s Nuclear Solutions was set up in February,  a year after the acquisition of Kurion in 2016, and also includes the Asteralis and Alaron business units. It is part of Veolia’s Global Enterprises organisation, the technological  and solutions-oriented arm of Veolia. Veolia’s Nuclear Solutions has operations in the USA, France, the UK, Japan and Canada.

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