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EDF and Veolia conclude a partnership agreement on nuclear plant decommissioning and radioactive waste processing

EDF has set itself the goal of finalizing decommissioning of 6 gas-cooled reactors in France in Bugey (Ain department), Chinon (Indre-et-Loire department) and Saint-Laurent-des-Eaux (Loir-et-Cher) in the shortest possible time.
Under the agreement signed today, Veolia will provide EDF with its experience in remote handling technologies (robotics) with a view to designing and delivering innovative solutions to access the cores of gas-cooled reactors and to cut up and extract components under optimum safety and security conditions.
EDF and Veolia will work together to develop an industrial solution for the vitrification of low- and intermediate-level waste using Veolia’s GeoMelt® technology. This technology immobilises radioactive waste in a stable and durable glass matrix that makes it easy to transport and store.

The objective for the two companies is the industrial implementation and joint commercial operation of these robotics and vitrification technologies.

Jean-Bernard Lévy, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of EDF, stated: “We are proud to have signed this agreement with Veolia which underscores EDF’s determination to become a key player in decommissioning and radioactive waste management. This partnership is also tangible evidence of EDF and Veolia’s desire to pool their know-how in the interest of developing successful industrial sectors.”
Antoine Frérot

Antoine Frérot, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Veolia, announced: “I am delighted with this partnership between EDF and Veolia, an alliance between two key players, globally recognised, with a very high level of expertise in their respective fields. Our collaboration, which is expected to grow over time, demonstrates the extent of each company’s vision and ambition with regard to processing the most environmentally sensitive waste and preserving the environment.”

Veolia’s expertise in plant sanitation and radioactive waste treatment

Veolia has made the treatment of the most sensitive waste one of its priority development areas.
The Group’s solutions range from the characterization of contaminated environments to the stabilization of radioactive waste, using robotic solutions for remote intervention.
This globally unique expertise is now being employed in France on the CEA sites, in Fukushima in Japan, in Sellafield and Dounreay in Great Britain, and in Canada and the United States. Veolia’s GeoMelt® vitrification technology, is also unique and treating waste and the immobilizing radionuclides and heavy metals in ultra-stable glass. To date, more than 26,000 tonnes of radioactive and hazardous waste has been treated using this technology.

SUEZ officially opens new Cornwall and Wilton energy-from-waste facilities

SUEZ hosted events at the Wilton facility in Redcar on Thursday 14 June 2018 and at the Cornwall energy recovery centre on Friday 15 June 2018, celebrating the efforts of the many hundreds of people involved in bringing these complex facilities to fruition. In the past two years, SUEZ has developed and successfully commissioned three new energy-from-waste facilities – Wilton, Cornwall and Severnside (for West London), the latter of which was officially launched earlier in 2018.

The Wilton energy-from-waste facility on Teesside was officially opened on Thursday by MRWA Deputy Chairperson, Cllr Tony Concepcion and SUEZ recycling and recovery UK CEO, David Palmer-Jones.

SUEZ recycling and recovery UK works in partnership with Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and other local organisations to manage the household waste that’s generated daily across Merseyside and Halton. Waste – which otherwise would have gone to landfill – is brought to the state-of-the-art facility on the Wilton International Industrial Estate where it is treated to generate enough electricity to power 63,000 homes.

Steam generated is also exported to local industries on the Wilton International Industrial Estate. Residual waste from around Merseyside and Halton arrives at the Knowsley rail transfer loading station on Merseyside – operated by SUEZ recycling and recovery UK – where it is sent by rail container to Wilton energy-from-waste facility on Teesside. Transporting residual waste by rail saves the equivalent of 1,000 HGV journeys and offsets around 127,000 tonnes of CO2 each year.

The official opening was marked by a tree planting and plaque presentation.

New office and customer center in Kikinda (Serbia)

On November 20th, 2017 FCC Kikinda d.o.o. opened its new site in Kikinda. Here you can find the counters for the customer from Kikinda region as well as the FCC Kikinda d.o.o. company’s directorate.

You can find the new site at General Drapšin 20, Kikinda.

FCC Environment CEE (formerly .A.S.A.) entered the Serbian market in year 2007. FCC Kikinda company in Kikinda town and the surrounding villages provides collection of municipal waste. Company constructed and opened a high technology treatment facility for safe landfilling of communal waste.


Official opening of new recycling facility in Aberdeen

Aberdeen, Scotland, Friday 20th October 2017
Official opening of the Altens East Recycling, Resource and Recovery Facility.
Pictured is (l to r): Cllr Jenny Laing, Co_Leader of the Aberdeen City Council and David Palmer-Jones, Chief Executive Officer of SUEZ recycling and recovery UK
Picture by Michal Wachucik / Abermedia

A £27 million recycling and resource facility which recycles waste from Aberdeen was today (20 October 2017) officially opened by Aberdeen City Council Co-Leader Councillor Jenny Laing and David Palmer-Jones, Chief Executive Office of SUEZ recycling and recovery UK.

The Altens East site, where mixed recyclables which are collected from homes and businesses are sorted before being sold as high-quality materials for re-processing, is Scotland’s newest and most advanced materials recycling facility.

It is capable of processing 20 tonnes of mixed recycling an hour, including glass, cardboard, newspaper, plastics and metals, and is part of Aberdeen City Council’s Zero Waste project aimed at increasing recycling rates and reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfill.

The latest recycling rates since the roll out of a new recycling-priority bin in March shows 49% of the city’s waste is now being recycled, which is a 25% increase on the 2016 figure.

Securing hazardous waste in Uganda

The Nyamasoga Landfill in Uganda is a critically important hazardous waste facility in the oil-rich Hoima District. The 44 ha site is in close proximity to drilling pads and a proposed refinery. The site is also something of a trailblazer. In the absence of any governing hazardous waste barrier standards in the country for such a site, the facility owner chose a fully modernized design with geosynthetics from NAUE to environmental security.

EnviroServ Uganda (ESU) operates the facility, which has been designed to handle drilling fluids, mud cuttings, and other industrial and processing wastes not suitable for municipal solid waste burial.

Jones & Wagener was retained to design the hazardous waste containment strategy, including waste cells, leachate management systems, stormwater management, access roads, and more. J & W’s modular solution called for Carbofol® geomembranes, Bentofix® geosynthetic clay liners (GCLs), and Secugrid® geogrids to solve the site’s challenging parameters.

The local soils were characterized by sandy clays with pockets of gravel interspersed. Weathered rock was present between 2.5 and 4.5m below the surface. This limited the maximum cell depth to 5m, to minimize rock excavation and prevent groundwater perching.

Additionally, the area was hilly, including being extremely steep at some edges. The design engineers created a C-shaped cell plan on the north side of the property, with the center points of the C having the lowest elevation. This is where the primary stormwater management cells were set, creating a very efficient design.

With only a highway running along the southern edge of the plot, access roads were constructed along all other side of the atypical, wedged-shaped location.