Dec. 17, 2015–Areva Federal Services (AFS), a subsidiary of French nuclear group Areva, has been awarded an $8.6 million contract by the U.S. Department of Energy for the design and fabrication of prototype railcars for nuclear material transportation.
The railcars will be used for the large-scale transportation of used nuclear fuel and other high-level radioactive material to interim and eventual permanent storage facilities. The contract includes the conceptual design and dynamic modeling of transport cask cars as well as buffer cars, which provide spacing between the cask railcars and the locomotive. Once the concepts are certified by the Association of American Railroads, Areva will begin fabrication of the prototypes. Areva said the nuclear transport railcar concepts are an integral part of DOE’s strategy for the management and disposal of used nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive material.