Areva has completed clean-up and dismantling operations on the facilities belonging to the former mixed oxide (MOX) fuel fabrication plant in Cadarache (Bouches-du-Rhône). Around 60 emptied process areas have been handed back to the CEA, which is the operator of the nuclear site. The project is one of the largest dismantling projects in the world. The operations which began in 2009, after 40 years of industrial service (1962-2003), concerned two basic nuclear installations, the Plutonium Technology Workshops (ATPu) and the Chemical Purification Laboratory (LPC). At the peak of activity, as many as 300 employees of Areva and its partner companies worked there. In total, more than 460 “glove boxes” (sealed enclosures for the handling of radioactive materials), 30 tanks and 4 km of pipework were disassembled, cut and then packaged and evacuated safely. The innovations and the methods for working in highly radioactive zones developed in Cadarache are all assets that the company can now build into its offer for its other customers.
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