EDF subsidiary Cyclife has been awarded three contracts to treat waste metal from nuclear energy operations in Finland, Spain and the UK. The value of the contracts was not disclosed. In Finland, Cyclife has been awarded a contract by utility Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) to process more than 420 tonnes of metallic waste generated through the operation of units 1 and 2 of the Olkiluoto nuclear power plant. Transport of that waste to Cyclife’s facility in Nyköping, Sweden began earlier this month. Once at the facility, the metal will be sorted, segmented and decontaminated. The less contaminated metal will then be melted and cast into ingots which will be released for public use. The more contaminated metal will be returned to TVO in 200-litre drums for final disposal. Cyclife has also been contracted by Spanish utility Nuclenor, operator of the Garoña nuclear power plant, to process some 1000 tonnes of large components and metallic waste. That waste will also be transported to the company’s Nyköping facility for segmentation, decontamination and melting. Likewise, secondary waste will be returned to Nuclenor for disposal. In the UK, Cyclife has won a contract from LLWR Ltd – manager of the UK’s low-level waste repository in Cumbria – to treat mixed metal waste from the Sellafield site. Under the contract, 16 containers of metal waste will be treated monthly at Cyclife UK’s nearby Metals Recycling Facility. This, Cyclife said, equates to between 700 and 1800 tonnes of metal over the contract period.
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