Areva announced this week that it has been retained as part of a consortium set to take charge of a major nuclear waste project in the UK.

The French nuclear power group Areva said it will handle the radioactive metallic waste but hasn’t divulged the value of the deal.
It will work with British companies Mace and Atkins in the joint-venture called a.m.a.

The consortium would build a “customised waste treatment plant to process legacy materials from Magnox fuel currently present on the site” at Sellafield in the northwest of England, the company said in a statement.

A main technique for preparing nuclear waste for long-term storage as it sheds radioactivity is to encase it in protective materials.

The consortium “will complete the engineering design, procurement and construction, and commissioning related activities for the facility,” the statement said.

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