French energy group Areva have announced to form a partnership with nuclear waste management firm Kurion for decommissioning of nuclear waste.
As part of collaboration, both companies will form a joint venture for cleanup and shutting down of Hanford nuclear site of US Department of Energy (DOE) in the Washington state.
While Areva will offer its engineering and operational expertise in the nuclear energy sector for the project, Kurion will deliver its technologies and expertise for the access, separation and stabilszation of nuclear waste at the site.
Areva CEO Gary Mignogna said: "Through this partnership, we will strengthen our offering in the growing US decommissioning market.
"The unique combination of our companies’ expertise, knowledge and technology will create innovative and economical solutions to best meet our customers’ needs."
Kurion president Jacques Besnainou said: "Areva has long been a global leader in nuclear waste processing services.
With Kurion’s proprietary technologies in robotics, waste separation and stabilisation, a joint AREVA-Kurion team will be capable of solving different types of nuclear waste management challenge.
In May, Kurion received a contract from Environmental Properties Management to design a water treatment system for the decommissioning of the Cimarron fuel fabrication facility near Guthrie, Oklahoma.
Image: Areva and Kurion to clean up nuclear wastes for the US DoE’s Hanford Site. Photo: courtesy of Ellery / Wikipedia.