The Areva-Atkins Partnership UK will have its headquarters in Warrington, Lancashire.
Areva senior executive vice president Dominique Mockly said: “We are delighted to link with a company with such a strong reputation as Atkins. This will enable us to put our proven technology to use in meeting the challenges of UK decommissioning and strengthen Areva’s footprint in the country.”
Martin Grant, CEO of Atkins (Energy), said: “We have been involved in the UK nuclear clean-up programme since the late 1980s and bring a wealth of experience in the UK nuclear sector. The partnership we have created today will allow us to further develop skills and capabilities to support a long term, sustainable UK nuclear industry.”
Areva describes itself as ‘the world leader in the back end of the nuclear fuel cycle’. This includes used-fuel recycling, decommissioning, waste management and transport solutions for each stage of the cycle. In the UK Areva is also part of Nuclear Management Partners, which manages Sellafield.
Atkins’ nuclear consultancy has been working at Sellafield, Magnox and former UKAEA sites for 25 years.