UK-based Urenco on 18 August approved the progression of the Urenco Metals Recycling (UMR) facility project based at Urenco Nuclear Stewardship in Capenhurst. The project will now move into the design phase. The facility, planned to begin operation in 2024, will provide a wide range of metallic treatment services for recycling and disposal. This will include size reduction, surface decontamination and metal melting for a range of metal types.

The UMR facility will serve the needs of the nuclear industry by bringing services to UK sites that can currently only be accessed overseas. Dave Nelligan, Urenco Nuclear Stewardship Managing Director, said: “This is a positive step in Urenco’s journey to share our waste management expertise with the industry. In bringing the Urenco Metal Recycling facility to Capenhurst, we are creating a strategic asset that will support various decommissioning efforts.

“Furthermore, our expansion of our metallic treatment services undoubtedly strengthens our offer as service providers under the LLWR Metallic Waste Treatment Services framework, which Urenco Nuclear Stewardship was successfully included within last year.”

Urenco Nuclear Stewardship is part of Urenco Technology & Development established to manage and develop Urenco’s technologies and processes associated with supporting its core business of enriching uranium whilst expanding its products and services as a supplier of energy and sustainable fuel cycle products. Urenco Nuclear Stewardship plays a leading role in the responsible and sustainable stewardship of nuclear materials through waste management, decommissioning and storage services.