EnergySolutions of the USA and Germany's GNS Gesellschaft für Nuklear-Service mbH have signed a memorandum of understanding on the transport and disposal of large components from the future dismantling of Asian nuclear power plants.

From left to right: EnergySolutions President and CEO Ken Robuck, EnergySolutions Senior Vice President International Business Colin Austin, GNS CEO Daniel Oehr and GNS Director of Sales & Marketing Linus Bettermann (Image: GNS)

The objective of the cooperation is the disposal of large components from decommissioned Asian nuclear power plants by EnergySolutions in the USA. German radioactive waste specialist GNS enables the transport with its worldwide unique know-how in the packaging and qualification of the components.

"In this way, customers in Asia are offered the opportunity to recycle metals for reuse in the nuclear industry," Salt Lake City-based EnergySolutions said. "The partnership will focus primarily on large components, but will also look at ways to recycle other metals to reduce the amount of metal waste for disposal. This disposal route will reduce the actual amount of waste while also reducing the consumption of new resources."

"We are excited for the opportunity to partner with GNS in an effort to enhance our abilities to service the Asian nuclear marketplace," said EnergySolutions President and CEO Ken Robuck. "By partnering with GNS, we will provide our clients the confidence that materials we process for them will meet all regulatory requirements for safe compliant metal management, transportation, and recycling."

GNS Chairman and CEO Daniel Oehr added: "We are thrilled to team with our long-term partners EnergySolutions. After several successful joint projects for the melting of scraps from our European customers, this new cooperation enables us to offer a unique solution for the disposal of large components from the dismantling of nuclear power plants in Asia. It is a perfect fit for our strategy to further expand our business to Asia."

Researched and written by World Nuclear News

Date: Tuesday, 19 March 2024
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