FORTUM CORPORATION PRESS RELEASE 22 September 2015 at 10.00 EET
Fortum has received a significant additional order from the American
EnergySolutions for ion exchange materials for purification of radioactive
waters at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Japan. Fortum’s ion
exchange materials have been used in the Advanced Liquid Processing System
(ALPS) in the power plant area to purify radioactive waters for the past three
years. EnergySolutions’s most recent order is one of Fortum’s largest
deliveries of Nures® ion exchange materials to date.
“Fortum’s ion exchange materials effectively remove e.g. caesium and strontium
from radioactive water. In addition to purification effectiveness, another
advantage of the Fortum products is their cost efficiency: the amount of the
product needed is very small compared to the volume of liquids to be purified,”
says Fortum’s Heikki Andersson, Vice President, Power Solutions.
Fortum’s method significantly reduces the need for intermediate and final
disposal repository space for radioactive liquids. Fortum has sold ion exchange
materials for some 60 different applications around the world. Fortum has
supplied ion exchange materials to Fukushima since spring 2012.
Heikki Andersson, Vice President, Power Solutions, Fortum, tel. +358 50 453 4092
Nures® product and ion exchange materials
Fortum has over 20 years of experience in treating waste containing radioactive
impurities with Nures® products. Fortum initially developed the product for use
at its own Loviisa nuclear power plant. The Fortum-developed products are
designed to e.g. remove caesium, strontium and cobalt especially from large
volumes of liquids that are particularly difficult to treat and which typically
are very difficult and expensive to purify. Nures® contains extremely selective
ion exchange materials CsTreat®, SrTreat® and CoTreat® to absorb radioactivity.
A very small amount of these materials are needed compared to the volume of the
liquid to be purified. The purified water doesn’t contain any harmful
substances and thus it can be released into a water system. Esko Tusa, who has
developed and sold products at Fortum for decades, received the 2015 Finnish
Engineering Award for his accomplishments. The award is granted by Tekniikan
akateemiset TEK and Tekniska Föreningen i Finland TFiF.
Fortum’s purpose is to create energy that improves life for present and future
generations. Fortum’s expertise is in CO2-free and efficient electricity and
heat production. The company also offers energy-related products and expert
services to private and industrial customers and energy producers. Fortum’s
main areas of operation are the Nordic and the Baltic countries, Russia and
Poland. In 2014, the annual sales (excluding the divested electricity
distribution business) totalled EUR 4.1 billion, and comparable operating
profit was EUR 1.1 billion. The company employs approximately 8,000 people.
Fortum’s share is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. www.fortum.com