Under a new contract with Magnox Ltd, Veolia Nuclear Solutions will design, build and install the new systems at four sites, enabling the removal of contaminated waste from the sites’ active effluent water treatment, ponds water filtration, and cesium removal plants.
Veolia Nuclear Solutions will provide Modular Active Effluent Treatment Plants (MAETPs), similar to those used to assist in the response at Fukushima Daiichi, at the Chapelcross, Hinkley Point A, Oldbury and Dungeness A sites.
The technologies to be deployed will use multiple water treatment technologies to remove the radioactive substances from the effluent water before it is discharged to the sea.
This Magnox project is scheduled to run until 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.
“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 support Magnox and allow for treated water to be discharged under industry best practices,” said Bill Gallo, Veolia’s Nuclear Solutions CEO.
Magnox, owned by Cavendish Fluor Partnership, is the management and operations contractor responsible for 12 nuclear sites and one hydroelectric plant in the UK. Under contract to the sites owner, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, the company is responsible for electricity generation at Maentwrog, defuelling at Wylfa, and the decommissioning of Berkeley, Bradwell, Chapelcross, Dungeness A, Harwell, Hinkley Point A, Hunterston A, Oldbury, Sizewell A, Trawsfynydd and Winfrith.