France’s CNIM wins nuclear services contracts in three countries

French nuclear services provider CNIM has won contracts to design and develop handling systems for nuclear materials in the UK, Finland and Ukraine.

Under a contract with France’s EDF, the firm will design, manufacture and install a spent fuel unloading system for the Hinkley Point C plant, currently under construction in the UK.

Under a separate contract with Finland’s Posiva Oy, a joint venture between TVO and Fortum, CNIM will engineer three fuel handling and transfer machines for an encapsulation unit being built at the Onkalo deep-geological spent nuclear fuel repository. CNIM will provide a cask transfer trolley, a fuel handling machine and a canister trolley.

And in Ukraine, a repeat contract with engineering consortium Novarka will entail construction of a maintenance trolley for the main crane system at the Chernobyl site, where a new containment system is under construction. The trolley will be used in dismantling the reactor damaged after the 1986 accident as well as its containment structure, and will feature a lead-lined cabin positioned on a telescopic rail to avoid radiation exposure near the reactor.

CNIM’s director of nuclear activities, Ludovic Vandendriesche, said the firm would need to complete the design, sourcing, manufacturing and in-house testing work for Novarka by November, when the construction work is due to be finished.

The handling systems will be manufactured at CNIM’s facilities in France, the company said. à‚ 

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