Resource management group Veolia is to supply water and wastewater treatment services to South Korea's largest nuclear power plant, the company announced.

In a statement released on Friday, the company said that its subsidiaries Veolia Water France and Veolia Water Korea had signed a three-year operation and maintenance contract with Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co. (KHNP). This agreement relates to Kori Division, a nuclear power plant with eight reactors.

The contract covers freshwater demineralization and treatment to supply the steam production pipes, as well as seawater treatment by electrochlorination to supply the cooling circuit of the power plant.

Veolia is also responsible for the plant's wastewater treatment facility, which does not include water that is in contact with nuclear fuel. According to the company, the capacity of the water and wastewater facilities operated by Veolia is more than 173,000 cubic meters per day, or the equivalent of 55 Olympic-size swimming pools.

A total of 73 employees will support the water and wastewater operations on site.

Welcoming the deal, Regis Calmels, Veolia's senior executive vice president for Asia, commented: "KHNP's choice of Veolia is based on our expertise in the treatment of water in nuclear plants and our knowledge in security issues, which are illustrated through our significant contracts in France and Japan. This new contract confirms our expertise and reinforces our position in this growth market."

Kori Division generates around 7,900 MWh of electricity, which is enough to serve the needs of 8 million people.