Decommissioning Planning ‘Top 10’ Lessons Learned and Recommendations – Part 2

One of the preliminary activities that need to be performed to enable detailed planning is characterization. Characterization includes both ‘desktop’ characterization (level 1) – reviewing of existing and historical facility/site documentation and process knowledge, and field/facility characterization (level 2) – condition assessments, surveys and materials sampling from the structure, systems and surrounding lands.

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International Collaboration Framework for Japanese BWR Decommissioning Established

(Hitachi-GE has signed agreements with Cavendish Nuclear in the UK and AREVA in France, with respect to Boiling Water Reactor Decommissioning in Japan. Hitachi-GE will take preparatory steps towards decommissioning for domestic BWR, fully reflected by past international experience of both companies.

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Early & Detailed Decommissioning Project Planning Charts the Course for Success

As a facility nears the end of its useful and productive life, options for the facility’s lifecycle are evaluated. If it is no longer to be used or upgraded then it may be sold, or in most cases, deactivation and decommissioning begin. Planning is what ultimately sets the trajectory of a project directly towards safe and successful completion or down a tumultuous road of risks, changes, and challenges.

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MAGNOX PIONEERS INNOVATIONS IN WASTE MANAGEMENT

Magnox, EnergySolutions (Magnox’ s parent body organization), and the NDA have developed and implemented an optimized approach to the decommissioning of the Magnox sites known as the Magnox Optimised Decommissioning Programme (MODP). The programme sets out what the business will deliver over the comprehensive spending review period, including pioneering innovative ways of working, accelerating Bradwell and Trawsfynydd sites to a state of care and maintenance, and carrying out safe and efficient cleanup. Other sites have also received additional funding to accelerate some decommissioning projects. Acceleration of work on key sites is counter balanced by a reduction in scope or deferred demolition across other parts of the programme. The MODP offers a savings of about £1.3 billion from the original Magnox decommissioning strategy.

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CNSC Renews Darlington Waste Management Facility Operating Licence

Following a one-day public hearing, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) recently announced its decision to renew Ontario Power Generation’s Darlington Waste Management Facility operating licence, for a period of ten years.

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