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Project B19


General data about the project

The objective of Project B19 is to build the Landfill Facility for short-lived very low level waste.

The Landfill Facility will consist of the following facilities:

The Buffer Storage Facility will be a temporary closed building of 0.2 ha area where the systems designed for radiological measurement, transportation and temporary storage of waste will be installed.

The Disposal Modules will be built as an above-ground structure, in which carbon steel 20 feet ISO half-height containers with waste will be closely placed in five layers on the concrete slab. In order to protect the waste form water, animals and roots of plants it will be covered with several layers of artificial and natural materials. The disposal modules will be formed as a hill so that the water could easily flow down from them. The modules will be filled in campaigns. Between the campaigns they will be covered with insulating materials and a protection wall. All three modules will cover about 4.4 ha area. The storages of this type are already being operated at Oskarshamm, Forsmark and Ringhals Nuclear Power Plants (Sweden).

The radiation monitoring system will be installed in the Landfill Facility.

The project is planned to be implemented in two stages:

The Contract for the first stage was signed on 29 December, 2007.

Contractor: Consortium of JSC Specialus Montažas-NTP (Lithuania), Lithuanian Energy Institute (LEI) , JSC Pramprojektas (Lithuania),  JSC Vilstata (Lithuania).

The value of the Contract for the first stage: The initial total value of the Contract is 6 189 750,00 EUR. The Contract value did not change. The Project is financed from the European Commission funds administered by the Central Project Management Agency (CPVA).

The construction of three Disposal Modules will be implemented under a separate Contract.

Project implementation process

The project was commenced 2007-12-29. 

It was planned to finish the first stage in 2009-11-30. Forecast project completion date - 2015-04-30. Reasons for delay: signing of the Contract has been delayed for 5 months because of the complaints of the invitation to tender participants, the Ministry of Environment has decided to prepare a joint Environmental Impact Assessment Report instead of planned two separate reports for both Buffer Storage Facility and Landfill (delay - 4 months), the geological research has been delayed for 1 month because of unfavorable weather conditions, the coordination and execution terms of the expertise of the Basic Design have not been assessed realistically. The real terms of consideration of the documents by authorities significantly exceed the limits set in the work programme.

On 9 April, 2010 the permission to construct Storage Facility was obtained. In September 2011, the storage facility construction works and installation of systems were completed. Delay in construction of external communications to the buffer storage facility has determined the postponement of commencement of systems testing to a later date and the prolongation of testing time.

On 12 January, 2011 the coordination of the General Data Set with European Commission was completed.

In August 2011 testing of systems and complex Buffer Storage Facility testing before operation ("cold") were performed. The programme of "hot" Buffer Storage Facility tests was coordinated with VATESI on 4 January 2012. "Hot" tests were accomplished on 25-27 April, 2012. VATESI has examined and approved the INPP report on the accomplished „hot“ tests of Buffer Storage Facility for very low level radioactive waste. VATESI concluded that Buffer Storage at Ignalina NPP satisfies the solutions implementing nuclear protection, radiation protection, physical protection requirements. The construction completion certificate has been signed by the State Commission on acceptance on 27 of September 2012. On 16 of May 2013, VATESI issued the license to commence operation of the Storage Facility. On 24 May, VATESI took the decision to permit industrial operation of the Storage Facility.

The Disposal Modules and Preliminary Safety Analysis Report (B19-2) were agreed with INPP in August, 2009, and sent to the responsible institutions for expertise.  On 12 October, 2010 the special expertise‘s positive conclusion on the Basic Design and Preliminary Safety Analysis was received. On 10 December 2010 the project was presented for the general expertise. The general expertise was finished on October 26, 2011 and the project was sent to the institutions for further debugging.

Due to the changes in Lithuanian normative documents the construction completion procedures of nuclear energy objects the project has been re-sent to the responsible insitutions for debugging. Disposal Modules Technical Design was approved by the corresponding authorities of the Republic of Lithuania on 23 August 2013.

Due to the requirement changes for nuclear energy objects and changes in the conditions for the connection of INPP external facilities and the Storage Facility, which occurred during the development of the project, Technical Design has been modified.  The modified Technical Design was approved by the corresponding authorities of the Republic of Lithuania in August 2015.

On November 4 2015, the Ministry of Environment has approved the construction of the Landfill Facility. INPP has prepared and submitted the documentation to VATESI in order to receive a license allowing the construction and operation of the Landfill Facility. The approval of the license is expected in December 2015.

In November 2015, purchasing documentation for the construction of the Landfill Facility was prepared and approved by CPMA.


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