France-based nuclear reactor maker, Areva, and engineering consultancy, Atkins, have established a joint venture to bid for fuel management and nuclear decommissioning projects in the UK.
The Areva-Atkins Partnership UK will compete for Tier 2 level contracts in the nuclear engineering sector.
Dominique Mockly, Areva Back End Business Group senior executive vice president, said: "This will enable us to put our proven technology to use in meeting the challenges of UK decommissioning and strengthen AREVA's footprint in the country."
The partnership, which would draw on the expertise of both firms, will offer a combination of international technology, design and engineering consultancy as well as understanding of the UK market and regulations.
Atkins (Energy) chief executive, Martin Grant, said: "We have been involved in the UK nuclear clean-up programme since the late 1980s and bring a wealth of experience in the UK nuclear sector.
"The partnership we have created today will allow us to further develop skills and capabilities to support a long term, sustainable UK nuclear industry."
Areva is involved in nuclear fuel cycle back-end activities including used-fuel recycling, decommissioning, waste management, while UK-based Atkins has worked at Sellafield, Magnox and former UKAEA sites.
Image: The partnership says it will support a long-term, sustainable UK nuclear industry. Photo: courtesy of Areva.