New Nuclear Waste Management and Storage Facility Hot Trials Start

June 15, 2017

The Ignalina Nuclear power Plant (INPP) has achieved another significant milestone on the 9th June 2017 in the Decommissioning process with the start of the Hot Trials, using Radioactive materials at the new Solid Waste Management and Storage Facility also known as B234 SWMSF Project.


The facility has the means to retrieve, characterise, sort, transport, pack and then store the short and long lived radioactive solid waste.


Darius Janulevicius, Director General of INPP, expressed his gratitude towards INPP employees and the contractor. “As a result of the huge dedication and competence of all parties involved, we can mark today the achievement of an important milestone in the construction of this modern, radioactive waste management and storage facility,”


Simonas Šatūnas, Vice-Minister of Energy of Lithuania, emphasised that the progress made to date demonstrated effective planning, coordination and cooperation of all stakeholders and gave confidence that the decommissioning of INPP was firmly on track. “As we look ahead, today’s celebration is evidence of successful progress towards the decommissioning of Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant. However, significant challenges lie ahead and these will require focused leadership and close attention,”


Massimo Garribba, Director General for Energy at the European Commission, said: “As the main contributor to the IIDSF the European Commission has always encouraged the parties to find pragmatic solutions to move the project forward. The project contributes to the safe management of radioactive waste. It has been excellent teamwork with a focus on tangible results. We are now looking forward to seeing this facility at work, processing waste.”


Gunter Grabia, EBRD Associate Director, Head of IIDSF, commented: “We are satisfied with the successful start today of the hot trial of the new facility which is one of the most complex projects in the decommissioning process of the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant. We are confident that the contractor, the INPP management and the Lithuanian authorities will continue their efficient cooperation in order to complete this key project on schedule and on budget.”


Thomas Seipolt, Managing Director of NUKEM Technologies Engineering Services GmbH, added: “Our success in the decommissioning projects is continuing. Within the past seven months, we have reached our third milestone. Since we started the implementation of this project we have worked together and made good progress to achieve this important milestone.”


Michael Higgins, Director of Xacom Project Controls added:  "Once again another significant milestone has been achieved to Schedule, we are delighted that the implementation of robust Project Control techniques have aided INPP in the successful start of the Hot Trials on the B234 SWMSF Project".


The B234 SWMSF Project is financed by the funds of the Ignalina international Decommissioning Support Fund (IIDSF) administrated by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, IIDSF Donor Assembly consists of the European Commission, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.


For more information regarding the B234 SWMSF Project please click here.

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