Veolia Nuclear Solutions Opens New Lafayette Office to Design and Develop New Technology
Consolidates Two Colorado Locations to Advance Work on Long-Reach, Heavy Payload Capabilities
Veolia Nuclear Solutions (VNS) North America today opened its new Lafayette, Colorado, facility, bringing together two existing offices in the state under one roof. This facility will significantly expand VNS’ capability to design and develop the cutting-edge technologies that will address tomorrow’s challenges in waste management, decontamination, and decommissioning.
“The state-of-the-art Lafayette facility will be a hub of innovation for all facets of Veolia Nuclear Solutions,” said Chris Woodhead, Chief Operating Officer, Veolia Nuclear Solutions North America. “Colorado has a rich history of spurring new ideas in engineering that solve tomorrow’s problems and improve lives. VNS is proud to have made this investment here, and we look forward to everything it will yield.”
The Lafayette office will be an essential component to VNS operations across the globe. VNS invested over $1 million into the new facility to both expand its development capabilities and recruit new talent. Employees at this site will support many aspects of the nuclear remote handling industry. Those include decommissioning of complex legacy facilities, damaged reactors, and graphite reactors, and operational support for Fusion and New Build Nuclear reactors.
The expanded facility reflects Colorado’s role as a VNS hub of engineering and innovation, with a history dating back to 1992. VNS will specifically use the Lafayette facility to expand its design and development of new robotic and remote handling technology in a cohesive manner. It will enable innovations on long-reach and high payload capabilities, and the wider application and optimization of remote handing technologies. These technologies will be deployed in various ventures, such as the ongoing work VNS is carrying out at the Fukushima Daiichi 1Fsite in Japan. Such innovations will also help with adjacent markets where high hazard environments exist like Oli and Gas reducing human exposure to harmful materials.
Several VNS clients were on hand for today’s opening in Lafayette. Those included IHI, a client of VNS for more than a decade, who worked with the company after the accident at Fukushima on remediating and decommissioning the challenging site. The entities have delivered many projects together and are currently working significant projects relating to the decommissioning of Fukushima 1F Site.
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