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Marina Hashim, Cyclife’s new CEO

Publish on 23/03/2020

Marina Hashim takes the lead of Cyclife, the EDF subsidiary in charge of nuclear decommissioning and waste management worldwide.


@EDF Sophie Guichard, Communication Direction

Marina Hashim joins Cyclife, with a European presence through its three subsidiaries dedicated to the decommissioning and dismantling of nuclear installations (Cyclife Engineering, Cyclife Digital Solutions and Graphitech) and its three radioactive waste management and treatment facilities located in France (Gard), the United Kingdom (Workington) and Sweden (Nyköping).

Marina joined EDF in 2014 in Abu Dhabi as Managing Director of EDF Middle East.
Since 2018, she has led the ultimate back-up diesels generator for the Post-Fukushima program for the French nuclear fleet lifetime extension of nuclear power plants in operation. Graduated engineer, Marina Hashim has a professional international background in Industry and Energy: Alstom, Bouygues Construction and Areva internationally.
 
In her new position, Marina Hashim is committed to the subsidiary’s ambition to become the European leader in nuclear decommissioning and waste management. She chairs the Boards of Directors of Cyclife France, Cyclife UK and Cyclife Sweden. She is also the Managing Director of Cyclife Holding.
 
“I am thrilled to join Cyclife, a key player in the nuclear industry. Over the last few years, Cyclife has already booked some major contracts in Europe with SOGIN, ENRESA, LLWR and UNIPER. We are keeping on our efforts to strengthen Cyclife’s position as the European leader in the nuclear decommissioning, dismantling and waste management.” said Marina Hashim.

Cyclife keep in being at your side

Publish on 19/03/2020

Dear Customer,

During this unprecedented Coronavirus-Covid19 outbreak, Cyclife hope that you and your families and colleagues remain safe.

The Nuclear industry has a culture of putting safety and sense of service at the forefront of everything that we do, and we expect that this level of discipline will stand all of us in good stead over the coming months.

Cyclife are committed throughout this crisis to continue to provide the high level of professional service that you the customer have come to expect. The wider Cyclife team are available to assist as well as your usual day-to-day contact.

If you have any queries concerning the Cyclife range of services or how we can support you, please visit our website  www.cyclife-edf.com where you will find relevant technical information and our international contact details.
 
As we go forward, we’ll be sure to keep you updated, and know that we always value your questions and feedback.

 

In Sweden, Cyclife rallies to restart its waste-metal treatment facility before the end of 2020

Publish on 21/01/2020

Since last November's incident at the waste-metal treatment facility, Cyclife Sweden has made every effort to resume operations as soon as possible. All of the teams are mobilized and ready to restart operations in the waste-metal treatment facility before the end of 2020.
 
The Radiation Safety Authority has officially classified the event as an anomaly, INES 1, according to the international INES scale for nuclear events, which has 8 levels. This classification qualifies an anomaly without consequences for workers and no impact on the exterior of the installation.
 
The other parts of the facility, including incineration or pyrolysis treatment activities, and the non-nuclear services, operate normally.

Cyclife wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Publish on 24/12/2019

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Cyclife UK celebrates 10-year anniversary of MRF with its customers and stakeholders

Publish on 17/12/2019

For the past 10 years, Cyclife UK’s MRF (Metals Recycling Facility) site near Workington in Cumbria has been offering solutions to meet the growing needs of nuclear industry to reduce and recycle their waste. In total, 15,000 tonnes of waste have already been treated coming from every major nuclear facility in the UK.
Low Level Waste Repository Ltd. (LLWR) celebrated the anniversary with Cyclife, commenting that it has been 10 years since LLWR sent the first consignment to the Metals Recycling Facility, and after a decade of waste processing several thousands of tonnes have now been recycled.
Since its acquisition by the EDF Group in 2016, the company has tripled the number of its employees to nearly 80. Cyclife UK has seen a significant increase in its turnover to around EUR12 million. MRF is a leader in the treatment of low-level radioactive waste, with a market share of more than 90% for metallic waste in the UK. For its 10th anniversary in 2019, Cyclife UK warmly thanked its customers and stakeholders by presenting them with an honorary trophy symbolising the strength of their customer relationship.
With its three sites the United Kingdom, Sweden and France, its subsidiaries Cyclife Digital Solutions, Cyclife Engineering and more recently Graphitech, the Cyclife platform provides solutions for the optimised and sustainable management of nuclear waste and the decommissioning and dismantling of nuclear installations. Its range of activities extends from building the physical and radiological inventory of a nuclear installation, on-site technical support for decontamination and a wide range of dismantling services including cold and hot segmentation (e.g. for primary circuits or other reactor cooling systems).
 

EDF and Veolia announce the creation of Graphitech

Publish on 11/12/2019

On 10 December 2019, EDF and Veolia, through their respective subsidiaries Cyclife Holding and Asteralis, have announced the creation of a joint entity – Graphitech – in response to the challenges of decommissioning nuclear reactors that incorporate graphite technology.

The dismantling of the graphite reactors is complex because of their design (stacking of graphite layers inside the reactor) and the volume of materials to be evacuated. Globally, only two reactors of small power graphite technology have been dismantled to date. Graphitech will be responsible for the technological development and engineering studies required in preparation for decommissioning nuclear reactors that use graphite technology, around 60 such reactors in the world, Graphitech will thus be ready to meet the needs of France, the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Lithuania and Japan.

Combining EDF’s nuclear industry expertise and decommissioning engineering know-how with Veolia’s nuclear-environment robotics capability, to enable the design of specialized machinery and long-distance intervention platforms for decommissioning, Graphitech will use its expertise to:
  • - develop remote-operation tools to break up complex, large-scale concrete and metal structures, and tools to extract activated graphite bricks and piles;
  • - design systems and articulated arms to enable deployment of these tools.
Graphitech’s first objective will be to provide EDF with an optimized scenario for decommissioning the Chinon A2 reactor in 2028 and to offer a testing program to evaluate the technological solutions needed to complete the operation. This program will begin in 2022 with a development and qualification phase using full-scale models to prepare the remote-operation tools to be used in decommissioning the Chinon reactor. The feedback from this pioneering operation will then be used with other reactors in France and around the world. Dismantling graphite reactors is complex, due to their design (stacks of graphite layers inside the reactor) and the volume of material to be removed. Worldwide, just two small-scale graphite reactors have been decommissioned to date.

Cyclife waste-metal treatment facility in Sweden in the process to restart

Publish on 22/11/2019

Incident impacts
If the exact origin of the fire is not confirmed at this time, it is known that the fire took place where a titanium condenser component cutting operation was being processed. Only the condenser that was directly involved in the fire has been affected.  All other materials and waste inside the facility have been unaffected by the fire.  Furthermore, there have been no effects outside the facility to any materials and waste in storage.
 
The damages after the fire accident are connected to the insulation material of a wall and parts of the roof construction in the Large Component Treatment facility and parts of the roof in the Hot Cutting hall.
The incident has not resulted in any emissions of radioactivity outside the facility. The event does not cause any risk to the public health or the environment. The Radiation Safety Authority has tentatively classified the event as an anomaly, INES 1, according to the international INES scale for radiological events, which is one of the lowest levels for classification.
 
Status coming weeks
Incineration, pyrolysis plants and the Non-Nuclear services are running in normal operation since Sunday November 10. Office areas in the melting facility have been taken into operation during Wednesday November 13.
During the upcoming weeks the inspection and assessments from different independent expert companies and external consultants are planned.
During this time there is only limited access to the facility.
We are working to get the complete picture of the damages, we will plan necessary refurbishing activities and measures to restart the operations for material reception and treatment.
 
Our customers have been contacted and are kept regularly informed of developments.

More information about the incident

At 6 p.m. on Thursday November 7, a fire broke out at the Cyclife Sweden AB waste-metal processing facility located in Nyköping.
There were no casualties.
Monitoring devices installed on-site have not recorded any radioactive emissions. Additional measurements are currently being taken.
The facility was immediately shut down and on-site production activities were suspended.
As soon as the fire was detected, personnel immediately notified the fire brigade and all relevant authorities were informed.

Fire incident brought under control at the Cyclife waste-processing facility in Sweden

Publish on 08/11/2019

At 6 p.m. on Thursday the 7th of November 2019, a fire broke out at the Cyclife Sweden AB waste-metal processing facility located in Nyköping.
The fire brigade was called up at the beginning of the event, and had the fire under control on Friday the 8th of November at 6 p.m.
There were no casualties. Monitoring devices installed on site have not recorded any radioactive emissions outside the facility. Additional measurements are currently being taken.
The minor fire occurred whilst a metal component containing titanium was being processed.
Since the beginning of the event, the Cyclife personnel have been in close communication with the Swedish nuclear regulatory authority (Swedish Radiation Safety Authority) and local communities.
The facility was immediately shut down and on-site production activities were suspended.

Uniper awards Cyclife to treat and recycle its metal wastes

Publish on 11/10/2019

Cyclife Sweden AB, a subsidiary of Cyclife Groupe EDF, has been awarded an eight year contract to treat metallic wastes, approximately 15 000 tons coming from the decommissioning program of four reactor units in Sweden: Oskarshamn 1 and 2, and Barsebäck 1 and 2.This new contract won by Cyclife confirms the leading role played in Europe by Cyclife in treating and recycling metal waste.

Uniper has taken the nuclear power stations Oskarshamn 1 and 2, Barsebäck 1 and 2  out of operation between 1999 and 2017. The power stations will be subject to decommissioning which will generate material and waste that needs special treatments. Cyclife Sweden AB will provide to Uniper innovative, sustainable and cost-efficient radioactive waste management solutions.
 “For Cyclife, this agreement means a partnership with Uniper where we further develop the treatment process, but also deliver services early in the project where we help Uniper prepare and maximize the conditions for clearance and recycling”, says Henrik Modéer, MD of Cyclife Sweden.
 
Cyclife will be in charge of sorting, categorization and treatment of materials and waste from the decommissioning projects at Oskarshamn and Barsebäck. It will be a co-operation work on the power plant sites: Cyclife will support Uniper on optimizing the sorting prior transportation to its facility in Nyköping. Then Cyclife Sweden will treat the metals using different methods to separate the radioactivity from the metal and to prove that it meets the strict requirements for recycling back to industry after clearance at its own site. “Through this framework agreement with Cyclife, we expect to make annual calls of between 1,500 tonnes and 2,500 tonnes until 2027. This is a good example of the synergy effects we gain by coordinating dismantling and demolition of the closed reactors at Oskarshamn and Barsebäcksverket”, says Johan Dasht, MD of Oskarshamns Kraftgrupp AB.
 
About Uniper
Uniper is a leading international energy company with activities in more than 40 countries and around 11,000 employees globally. Its business is the secure provision of energy and related services. Its main activities include power generation in Europe and Russia as well as global energy trading. The company is headquartered in Düsseldorf, Germany.
Further information: http://www.uniper.energy

Further information: presse release

Cyclife increases capacity, recognition by LLWR and Sellafield in the UK

Publish on 28/05/2019

Cyclife increases capacity, recognition by LLWR and Sellafield in the UK

Thanks to continued growth in demand for metal recycling services in the UK, Cyclife has recently expanded its operations to a 7-day working pattern at its Metal Recycling Facility at Workington in Cumbria.  The UK facility, acquired by EDF in 2016, has been in operation since 2009 and has seen a growth in demand for its services in the last two years from major UK nuclear players including LLWR, Sellafield, Magnox, Dounreay and EDF Energy.

This change necessitated the recruitment and training of additional operators and technical support staff – a change which was successfully implemented in January 2019. This change has recently been recognised in the following article on the UK Government Website: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/llwr-and-sellafield-contracts-help-cyclife-thrive

 Following the publication of this news, Bertrand Martelet Chairman of Cyclife UK, commented “We are delighted to have been able to make this increase in our operational capacity as a result of a positive contracting environment with key customers in the UK notably LLWR and Sellafield.  We have a strong commitment to our UK base in West Cumbria and the wider mission to provide the best environmental solutions for the clean-up and recycling of metallic waste from the nuclear industry.”

Cyclife holds a framework contract for recycling metallic scrap metals with LLWR which enables the delivery and treatment of waste from all major UK nuclear facilities.  This is enhanced by a waste route to Cyclife in Sweden which can be utilised for metals that require melting or very large components arising from decommissioning.  Cyclife also provides a range of consultancy and site project services to the UK decommissioning and waste management market, which is backed by a further range of treatment services and engineering provided by Cyclife France.

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