The agreement, which will be renewable for a three-year period, specifically addresses research and studies on fourth-generation nuclear reactors, improvement of reactor performance and security, and waste management and decommissioning.

According to Suez, the company possesses the skills to cover the entire nuclear energy value chain of design and construction, operation, maintenance, waste management and decommissioning.

Suez owns and operates two nuclear electricity production sites in Belgium (Doel and Tihange), made up of seven nuclear reactors in all. In France, the group also has a capacity of 1,100MW at the Tricastin and Chooz nuclear power plants.

Meanwhile, the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) focuses primarily on research and development in all areas of nuclear energy. Suez said that CEA’s expertise in these fields allows it to promote French technologies to benefit industry leaders, both in France and abroad.