Consortium selected to help develop used nuclear fuel storage facility

Areva on Oct. 5 said a team of companies led by Areva has been selected by the Eddy Lea Energy Alliance LLC (ELEA) to begin developing the concept of a used nuclear fuel (UNF) Consolidated Storage Facility in southeastern New Mexico.

Areva and ELEA will negotiate a memorandum of understanding to develop the contractual framework for moving forward with the potential development of the site.

Areva will also include the expertise of Areva Federal Services LLC and Transnuclear Inc. to offer total system solutions for used fuel/radioactive waste management, and comprehensive transportation services for the entire nuclear fuel cycle.

In August 2006, the City of Carlsbad and Eddy County and the City of Hobbs and Lea County teamed together to create ELEA  to secure federal funding from the U.S. Department of Energy to site a Nuclear Fuel Recycling Center and an Advanced Recycling Reactor under the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP) in southeastern New Mexico.  The ELEA site is comprised of 960 acres of land and is located in Lea County, approximately 34 miles east of Carlsbad. In 2011, ELEA announced its interest in hosting a facility for the long-term storage of spent nuclear fuel on the site.

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