Nukem Technologies consortium to build Bulgaria’s radioactive repository

WCN Editorial Team 10 Aug 2016 EUROPE ENERGY & UTILITIES

A consortium comprising German company Nukem Technologies and four Bulgarian companies has been awarded a €72M ($80M) contract to build a radioactive waste repository for Kozloduy nuclear power plant in Bulgaria.

The repository — to be located in the 3km “surveillance zone” of the Kpzloduy plant — will have a capacity of 138,000cb m.

The first stage of the project will include the development of licensing documents for the facility’s commissioning in accordance with national nuclear legislation.

The facility, expected to be operational in 2021, will be filled with radioactive waste over the next 60 years.

According to the Bulgaria’s energy minister Nikolay Nikolov, the project will help the process of decommissioning the shutdown units of the nuclear power plant — units 1-4 were closed as a condition of the country’s entry in the European Union.

Units 5 and 6 continued in operation and are now being upgraded.

* This is a version of an article originally published in Nuclear Engineering International.

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