Veolia to deploy contaminated water treatment systems at four nuclear sites in the UK
Veolia’s Nuclear Solutions entity, through its subsidiary Kurion, will deploy effluent treatment systems at four Magnox sites in the UK under a new contract between the two firms.
Under the agreement with Magnox, Veolia will design, build, and install the new systems at the four sites, enabling the removal of contaminated waste from the sites’ active effluent water treatment, ponds water filtration, and cesium removal plants.
The company will provide modular active effluent treatment plants (MAETPs), similar to those used to assist in the response at Fukushima Daiichi and at the Chapelcross, Hinkley Point A, Oldbury and Dungeness A sites.
“By bringing to bear the technology and operational know-how from Fukushima, one of the most significant environmental challenges in recent memory, Veolia Nuclear Solutions supports Magnox and allows for treated water to be discharged under industry best practices,” said Bill Gallo, Veolia’s Nuclear Solutions CEO.
The technologies to be deployed will use multiple innovative water treatment technologies to remove the radioactive substances from the effluent water before it is discharged to the sea.
Veolia’s Nuclear Solutions has developed a unique modular design that allows the equipment for treatment systems to be pre-fabricated and tested offsite, reducing the cost and the amount of on-site assembly required.
The Magnox project is scheduled to run through 2020, with the delivery of the first two MAETP systems scheduled for 2018.
The design phase of the contract will be completed at Veolia’s Richland, Washington, offices, with subsequent fabrication of the units to be completed by UK-based firms under the supervision of the Veolia team.
The agreement with Magnox highlight’s Veolia’s broader mission of “Resourcing the World” by helping to preserve resources trough addressing pollution in its most complex form, decommissioning nuclear facilities, and containing health hazards and unwanted environmental impact.