When a nuclear facility has reached the end of its life, it is decommissioned and dismantled. In some countries around the world, political decisions result in early decommissioning. Specifically, the motivations can include a complete phase-out of nuclear power for energy production, reaching the end of a plant's lifespan, outdated or obsolete technology, or achievement of the relevant research goals in the case of research reactors.
When shutting down and dismantling nuclear power plants, the focus remains on protecting the public, workers, and the environment from unacceptable radiation exposure. To achieve this, plant operators must implement a range of technological and administrative measures. Depending on the decommissioning strategy (immediate dismantling or safe enclosure) and taking into account local regulations, the following are examples of the activities are required to be undertaken:
- Applying for the relevant authorization/license for decommissioning and dismantling
- Assessment of the dismantling concept
- Review workplace safety given the changing environment and potential breaking into normally closed systems and/or contaminated plant and equipment
- Employing trained and experience workers for different types of operational activities e.g waste processing, dismantling and demolition
- Contracting out the gradual dismantling of the plant
- Clearing and transporting radioactive fixtures and materials in line with regulations
Our services for successful plant decommissioning and dismantling.
Our engineers have many years' experience in the international nuclear energy sector. This means they have first-hand knowledge of the specific challenges in various countries and can give you the exact support and services you need for the safe decommissioning of your nuclear facility
- Review of decommissioning technology
- Transport/storage of radioactive material
- Clearance of radioactive material
- Radiation dose/radioactivity measurement
- Radiation protection planning
- Software development (ReVK)
- Equipment qualification (EQSA)
- Decommissioning Strategy and Planning
- Decommissioning Safety Case Production, Management and Review
- Organizational review for Decommissioning
- Radioactive waste management advice
Our training in the field of decommissioning and dismantling of nuclear power plants.
At every stage of a nuclear plant, deep expert knowledge is required. Take advantage of our training program for basic and advanced training. We offer the following courses:
- Nuclear Lifecycle Hazards and Risks
- Radioactive Waste Management and Decommissioning
- Radiological Protection
You are interested in further nuclear trainings? Have a look at our Training and Education Area. You will find there all training along the entire life cycle of a nuclear facility.