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Arrival of the 15th transport of used nuclear fuel from the Netherlands to AREVA la Hague plant for recycling

Press release

GROUP / BACK END

September 27, 2017

A railway shipment of 6.7 tons of Dutch used nuclear fuel arrived today at AREVA’s railway terminal in Valognes (Manche region, France). This shipment left yesterday from the railway terminal located near the Borssele nuclear power plant in the Netherlands. The used fuel will be treated at AREVA’s la Hague facility, before recycling.

This transport, composed of three shipping casks of used fuel, complies with the applicable national and international regulations to guarantee a high level of safety and security. The type of cask used for the shipment is compliant with safety criteria defined by the International Atomic Energy Agency and is designed to protect people and the environment in all circumstances.

This transport operates following the intergovernmental agreement signed between France and the Netherlands and a contract signed in 1978 for the processing-recycling of 350 tons of used nuclear fuel between AREVA and the Dutch utility EPZ. With this transport, a total of 340 tons have been delivered to AREVA la Hague plant and about 333 tons have already been treated.

The used fuel contains 96% of valuable energy materials that can be recycled through treatment-recycling operations. The 4% of ultimate radioactive waste will be vitrified for a safe and stable packaging before being returned to the Netherlands in accordance with French law. The metallic structure of used fuel will be compacted, and then also packaged for return to The Netherlands.


Press Contact AREVA

Gwenaël Thomas
Sylvain Renouf

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sylvain.renouf@areva.com