Asteralis: Safe disposal of NORM-contaminated waste

Veolia segregates NORM-contaminated sludge from hazardous sludge in order to assure safe disposal.
Veolia successfully manages hazardous and contaminated waste and a proven record of compliance with the local regulations.

~250 t of contaminated
sludge and wood

Fast response

Safety special conditions
(Sandstorms T~40°)

The Challenge

The client produces oil off the coast of Mauritania and generates, regular volumes of sludge that are stored in big-bags before disposal. The client’s production of hazardous and potentially NORM-contaminated wastes (NORM = naturally occurring radioactive material) reached over 250t. They required a high reactivity and strong expertise in segregation and characterisation techniques to assure safe disposal and compliance with environmental regulations.


Veolia's Solution

Integrated offer to ensure safe disposal

Veolia's dedicated company, ASTERALIS, has a high level of expertise at every step of the process - from the waste handling and analysis to the final disposal. State-of-the-art mobile equipment used by highly qualified personnel allowed the characterisation of soils, installations of pipes and tanks, and handling of wastes, sludge, and other samples in a limited time.

Benefits for our client

  • Integrated offer from the detection of the waste nature up to the final disposal and treatment
  • Reduced transportation, disposal and treatment costs
  • Ensured radioprotection controls and radiological mapping during all steps of operations


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