Just a year after the acquisition of Kurion Inc. in 2016, Veolia is pursuing its ambition in the nuclear clean-up field and has just unified its activities in the nuclear cleanup field under a single new entity called NUCLEAR SOLUTIONS.
The Nuclear Solutions entity, which unites the best-in-class operations of Veolia’s Kurion, Alaron, and Asteralis businesses, represents an integrated offering that includes the most comprehensive range of technologies, expertise and services dealing with nuclear facility restoration, decommissioning and the treatment of low-and intermediate-level radioactive waste. Nurtured by nuclear experts and backed by thousands of Veolia staff worldwide, Veolia Nuclear Solutions’ expertise is comprised of initial investigation and characterization, the use of advanced robotics, the separation and stabilization of nuclear waste, all provided through a global management and operations capability.
Veolia has kept its development pace in the nuclear clean-up business since 2013, when it launched Asteralis, its subsidiary specialized in characterizing waste and maintenance and operation of nuclear facilities. In France, the company has been formally contracted for 5 years last December by electricity giant EDF and dedicated subsidiary SOCODEI to support them in improving the performance of the contaminated metal waste recycling unit from its CENTRACO site (nuclear center for the treatment and conditioning of low-level radioactive waste) in southern France. The metallic waste is sorted, packaged and properly sized, before being decontaminated by smelting on site. The waste can find a second life in the form of metal drums that can receive other radioactive waste. At the end of 2016, EDF had also selected Veolia’s Chasse-sur-Rhône nuclear laboratory, in France, as part of a multi-year contract for the chemical and radiological analysis of its sites and soils.
The entity is led by William Gallo, CEO, and is part of Veolia’s Global Enterprises organization, the $5B technological- and solutions-oriented arm of Veolia. Veolia’s Nuclear Solutions has operations in the United States, France, the United Kingdom, in Japan, and in Canada. It is the only international operator to be working at Fukushima on behalf of Tepco, the Japanese nuclear utility. In France, the entity has a collaborative agreement and works with the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA).
William Galo, CEO of Veolias’ Nuclear Solutions says : “Veolia’s Nuclear Solutions entity provides unique value to its customers, with a broad array of capabilities and offerings across the nuclear and environmental sectors, effective technologies for hazardous waste and pollution treatment, experience in complex operations, and risk mitigation and management. With high quality expertise and services for its clients, while remaining committed to performance and safety., this Business Unit underscores Veolia’s standalone ability to confront the unique environmental challenges faced by this and future generations.”
Veolia group is the global leader in optimized resource management. With over 174 000 employees worldwide, the Group designs and provides water, waste and energy management solutions that contribute to the sustainable development of communities and industries. Through its three complementary business activities, Veolia helps to develop access to resources, preserve available resources, and to replenish them. In 2015, the Veolia group supplied 100 million people with drinking water and 63 million people with wastewater service, produced 63 million megawatt hours of energy and converted 42.9 million metric tons of waste into new materials and energy. Veolia Environnement (listed on Paris Euronext: VIE) recorded consolidated revenue of €24,39 billion in 2016. www.veolia.com
Veolia’s Nuclear Solutions, which unites the best-in-class operations of Veolia’s Kurion, Alaron and Asteralis businesses, is a leading world-class player in nuclear facility clean-up and treatment of low-and intermediate-level radioactive waste. It provides the most comprehensive range of technologies, expertise and services to develop the activity of facility restoration, decommissioning and treatment of low-and intermediate-level radioactive waste. www.nuclearsolutions.veolia.com
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