Rosatom’s Fuel Company and decommissioning industry integrator, TVEL JSC on 2 December signed co-operation agreements on decommissioning with France’s Robatel Industries and a group of French companies D&S Groupe as well as with Czech Škoda JS. The agreements were signed on the sidelines of the World Nuclear Exhibition (WNE 2021) in Paris.
The agreement with Robatel Industries, signed by TVEL director of decommissioning programmes Vadim Sukhikh and Robatel Industries' director general Christophe Brunel is aimed at joint participation in international projects and mutual strengthening of positions in the world market for renewable energy and radioactive waste management. It focuses on the tasks of compaction, conditioning and packaging of radioactive waste associated with decommissioning. The parties agreed to cooperate in various formats to provide services to potential customers.
“TVEL Fuel Company and Rosatom enterprises are aimed at international cooperation and use of their experience in resolving issues of liquidation of nuclear legacy abroad,” said Sukhikh. “The management of nuclear materials and the solution of related radiation safety issues are important tasks both for protecting the environment, which is in line with the UN sustainable development goals, and for developing a new business line. Cooperation with Robatel Industries is important for Rosatom's participation in foreign projects.”
Sukhikh also signed a cooperation agreement with Julien Feya, president of D&S Groupe aiming at joint development of technologies for decommissioning nuclear and radiation hazardous facilities, engineering and waste management. D&S Groupe has broad expertise and a solid portfolio of completed projects in the field of nuclear waste disposal, radioactive waste management, nuclear and radiation safety.
Another agreement with Czech Škoda JS, signed with commercial director Milos Mostecki is for cooperation in the decommissioning and dismantling of nuclear facilities, radioactive waste management and dismantling of nuclear and radiation hazardous facilities in Western Europe. Cooperation aims at joining efforts in order to develop technologies and manufacture equipment for the successful implementation of backend projects in Western Europe.
In 2019, TVEL was appointed as the single integrator of the Russian nuclear industry for the decommissioning of nuclear facilities and radioactive waste management. By 2021, TVEL enterprises had implemented 39 unique projects spanning nuclear decommissioning, radioactive waste and the rehabilitation of territories on the territory of Russia. As an industry integrator, TVEL seeks to strengthen the position of Rosatom in the global market. Currently Rosatom implements projects for the decommissioning of nuclear and radiation hazardous facilities, radioactive waste and used nuclear fuel management in 20 countries.
Photo: Robatel Industries and TVEL signed cooperation agreement at WNE 2021