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Ignalina/Alzenau, 9th June 2017. After Lithuania’s Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant (INPP) was granted industrial operation license for the Interim Spent Fuel Storage Facility (ISFSF) – B1, in April 2017, the next major decommissioning milestone for Lithuania has been achieved.

Hot Commissioning of the B2, Solid Waste Retrieval Facility (SWRF) at the INPP started successfully on 9 June 2017 after receiving the first Hot Commissioning license for the B2-project. The Hot Commissioning for the B34 will follow accordingly.

NUKEM Technologies was responsible for the development, design, procurement, installation and pre-commissioning of the SWMSF as well as of the ISFSF and for providing Lithuania’s INPP with two modern, tailor made plants which assist INPP in their next decommissioning phase.

The radioactive operational waste of the INPP Unit 1 and 2 were stored in the past on the NPP area. In the frame of the INPP decommissioning it was planned to retrieve and treat this waste in the new B234 waste retrieval and treatment center. The new facilities will be used for retrieval, transportation, sorting, packaging, characterization and storage of 120.000 m3 short- and long-lived radioactive solid waste.

They provide INPP with a bespoke plant and state of the art means to safely and efficiently implement its long-term waste management strategy. The Facilities are acknowledged in the industry as a future benchmark. After commissioning of the facilities INPP will have amongst the most advanced and safest radioactive waste management infrastructure in the region.

The decommissioning of Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant including new Solid Radioactive Waste Management and Storage Facilities, is financially supported by the Ignalina International Decommissioning Support Fund (IIDSF) managed by the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The IIDSF is funded by the European Community as well as by Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, Norway and Switzerland.

NUKEM Technologies in Alzenau, Germany, is world-wide active in the areas of management of radioactive waste and spent fuel, decommissioning of nuclear facilities, engineering and consulting. For more than 60 years NUKEM Technologies provides high quality products, technologies and services, where Innovation, Solutions and Excellence are closely linked.

Bea Heinze
NUKEM Technologies GmbH
Industriestrasse 13, 63755 Alzenau
Tel: +49 6023 91-1549,
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