SE Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant (Ignalina NPP) carries out construction of a very low-level radioactive waste repository (project B19-2).
A purpose of B19 project is to construct infrastructure for final disposal of very low-level radioactive waste. The project will result in the construction of a repository (also known as a Landfill repository) consisting of three Disposal Modules, which will contain very low-level short-lived waste for 20000 m3 each.
About 60,000 m3 of very low level short lived radioactive waste is planned to be stored in Landfill type repository. Once the waste is transported to the repository, they are treated as finaly disposed.
Intensive work is underway to install a baseboard for future waste storage modules. After the completion of the construction works, it is planned to start construction completion procedures and start the operation of the repository from 2020.
The repository is located next to other INPP newly installed facilities for radioactive waste management, which are necessary for the implementation of INPP decommissioning: The Landfill is being constructed near other decommissioning complexes of new INPP facilities for radioactive waste, such as Interim Spent Fuel Storage Facility (ISFSF - Project B1) and Solid Waste Management and Storage Facility (SWMSF - Project B3/4).
The first part of the project (Project B19-1) was implemented in 2013, when a buffer storage facility was built and put into operation before the waste is transported to the landfill.
Landfills of this type have been already put into operation in Oskarshamn, Forsmark and Ringhals nuclear power plants in Sweden. This way of handling is sustainable and does not burden future generation. Territory of repository will be suitable for unconditional use after certain period of waste disposal, because very low-level radioactive waste is short-lived. 100 years of restrained usage of the territory has been determined and justified currently.
This approach to the management of very low-level short-lived radioactive waste is sustainable and does not burden future generations. Due to its short-lived nature, the site of this repository will be able to be used without restrictions after a certain retention period.
Project B19-2 is funded by the European Union Ignalina Program.