Veolia Nuclear Solutions Opens Expanded Lafayette Facility

VNS develops robotics systems for nuclear facility cleanups.
Written by Abel Rodriguez
March 6, 2023Updated: March 6, 2023
The interior of Veolia Nuclear Solutions’ (VNS) newly opened Lafayette facility.
Veolia Nuclear Solutions’ newly opened Lafayette facility. | Photo: VNS

Veolia Nuclear Solutions, also known as VNS, is consolidating its two Colorado locations into a new “state-of-the-art” facility to advance its robotics systems that are used in nuclear facilities. 

Nuclear power plants for decades have provided clean energy, but as infrastructure ages, facilities need to be maintained and eventually decontaminated and deactivated. This process requires special machinery, some of which VNS has provided since its founding in 1992. 

VNS provides deactivation and nuclear waste management services for nuclear facilities. It also develops robotics systems that can withstand radiation and assist in power plants that could pose hazardous risks and other safety concerns to humans. 

Veolia Nuclear Solutions robotics machinery
Veolia Nuclear Solutions’ robotics system. | Photo: VNS

The company invested over $1 million into the new facility in Lafayette, which will expand its ability to design and develop new technologies. The updated facility will also help with recruiting efforts as VNS looks to advance its robotics capabilities.

“The state-of-the-art Lafayette facility will be a hub of innovation for all facets of Veolia Nuclear Solutions,” Chris Woodhead, chief operating officer at VNS North America, said in a statement. “Colorado has a rich history of spurring new ideas in engineering that solve tomorrow’s problems and improve lives. VNS is proud to have made this investment here, and we look forward to everything it will yield.”

Besides its facility in Colorado, VNS has locations in Washington, France, the United Kingdom and Japan.

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