NUKEM to build waste treatment center at the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant in Lithuania
- 120 million Euro to be financed through the EBRD
- Largest international engineering contract in the history of NUKEM
RWE NUKEM GmbH of Alzenau has been commissioned by the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant (INPP) in Lithuania to build a turnkey waste treatment center for solid nuclear waste. The 120-million-Euro project will be financed through the Ignalina International Decommissioning Support Fund, which is administered by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
Currently, solid radioactive waste accumulated during the operation of Blocks 1 and 2 of the Ignalina Power Plant is stored on the INPP site. Within the framework of the plant decommissioning process, this waste - along with waste collected in the course of decommissioning - is to be conditioned and placed in temporary safe storage at the new waste treatment center. NUKEM has been commissioned to plan, build and install the required components, including retrieval and sorting systems, conditioning facilities such as cementation, compaction or incineration plants, and storage facilities. According to current plans, the waste treatment center will be turned over to the client in late 2009.
This contract from Lithuania underscores NUKEM's leading position in the field of radioactive waste treatment in Eastern Europe, where the firm holds a market share of over 50 percent. The contract is also proof of NUKEM's excellent record of co-operation with the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant. In early 2005, NUKEM and its consortium partner GNS were commissioned to build an interim storage facility for spent fuel elements and to deliver storage containers for the site.
NUKEM will award a substantial portion of the work for this waste treatment center project to local Lithuanian firms.