ndcon Nuclear Decommissioning Consortium by Studsvik and Westinghouse
Published: 31 August 2012
Studsvik and Westinghouse have signed a teaming agreement to jointly offer a full range of decommissioning services for nuclear power plants in Europe, initially in Germany and Sweden. The cooperation will be marketed under the separate brand name of ndcon, Nuclear Decommissioning Consortium by Studsvik and Westinghouse.
The first commercial nuclear power plants in Europe were commissioned 50 years ago and many of these units are now approaching their designed operating life. Additionally, in some instances, political decisions have shortened the expected operation of nuclear power plants. In the case of Germany, it has been decided to phase out its 17 nuclear reactors by 2022. Eight of those reactors were immediately shut down in March 2011. For these reasons, a significant number of nuclear power plants across Europe will need to be decommissioned and dismantled in the next 15 to 20 years.