New deal to clean UK’s nuclear wastewater

Veolia’s nuclear solutions business will help clean wastewater at four nuclear sites in the UK. Its subsidiary, Kurion, will deliver the effluent treatment systems under a new contract with nuclear operator Magnox. It […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

Veolia’s nuclear solutions business will help clean wastewater at four nuclear sites in the UK.

Its subsidiary, Kurion, will deliver the effluent treatment systems under a new contract with nuclear operator Magnox.

It will design, build and install the Modular Active Effluent Treatment Plant (MAETP) systems at the Chapelcross, Hinkley Point A, Oldbury and Dungeness A sites.

The technology will remove radioactive substances from the water before it is discharged to the sea.

The unique modular design of the treatment systems allows the equipment to be prefabricated 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.

Allen Neiling, Magnox Ponds Program Manager, said: “Our agreement with Veolia emphasises our desire to draw on worldwide nuclear learning and utilise innovative delivery solutions which provide best value.”

A 350-tonne machine has been installed at Sellafield to tackle what is said to be one of the most challenging nuclear clean-up jobs.