During the entire decommissioning process, starting from 2010, 38 thousand tons (38 177) of equipment and other related structures have been dismantled at the SE Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant. This is about 25.6 percent of total equipment amount, that is planned to be dismantled within the entire decommissioning process by 2038.
Around 6.6 thousand tons of equipment were dismantled in 2016. According to the Ignalina NPP Final Decommissioning Plan, all in all it is planned to dismantle about 149.1 thousand tons of equipment and other related structures by 2038.
“Dismantling quantities are increasing each year since the shutdown of the plant. The dismantling works of the turbine hall of the first unit that started in 2011 have been finished. At the moment, there are ongoing intensive dismantling works of the turbine hall at unit 2. About 45 percent of equipment and other related structures have been already dismantled,” stated INPP Director General Darius Janulevičius.
The biggest part of dismantled equipment, after the strict measurement control of contamination by radionuclides, is being sold by auctions as scrap metal, while the remaining dismantled equipment will be temporarily stored in the buffer storage facility (project B 19-1) on the enterprise site until transfer to repositories for final disposal.
Dismantling and decontamination works are being performed by the Ignalina NPP personnel own forces. The activity is financed by International INPP Decommissioning Support Fund and Ignalina Programme Fund.
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