NUKEM Lays Cornerstone for the Kozloduy Dry Spent Fuel Storage Facility
31 July 2008
With laying the cornerstone on July 30th, NUKEM Technologies GmbH, Alzenau, has marked an important milestone in the project progress of the Dry Spent Fuel Storage Facility at the Bulgarian Kozloduy nuclear power plant.
In May 2004, the German consortium NUKEM – GNS was awarded the contract for building this facility which will be used to store spent fuel assemblies from the six Kozloduy reactors. Ulf Kutscher, Managing Director of NUKEM Technologies, explains the consortium‘s division of work. “Our partner company GNS is responsible for the supply of CONSTOR® casks while NUKEM Technologies designs and constructs the storage building including handling and transporting facilities for the casks on site. We appreciate the good cooperation within the consortium and with the customer that led to the project progress today achieved. The commissioning of the Dry Spent Fuel Storage Facility is scheduled for 2009 while the delivering of 34 casks in May 2010 marks the completion of the project.”
The project is financed with the proceeds of the Kozloduy International Decommissioning Support Funds administered by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. The facility is designed to store spent nuclear fuel for a period of at least 50 years. The safety and equipment of the Storage Facility complies with the up-to-date requirements of the European Union and Bulgaria using well established technology.