Studsvik provide full lifecycle support for repositories, from front-end planning to operational management. We support developers design, and implement new repositories, and also help operators ensure disposal of radioactive waste protects the health and interests of people and the integrity of the environment, at the time of disposal and in the future.
Studsvik is a leading supplier of support services to radioactive waste repositories. Studsvik has many years experience supporting two world leading repository programs, SKB in Sweden (30+ years) and the UK’s Low Level Waste Repository (LLWR) since 2008. We provide support across the repository lifecycle including:
- Establishing a regulatory framework to accept wastes
- Inventory analysis and development to set the scope of the repository development
- Establishing and implementing waste acceptance criteria
- National waste integration to maximize the repository benefits and coordinate cost saving
- Safety and Environmental impact assessment to demonstrate defense in depth
- Materials testing to prove functional parameters can be attained
- Operational management to optimize facility operations and ensure safe waste acceptance
- Information and records management to ensure legacy data is maintained into the future
We work with the site to provide international expertise to all phases of the facilities development to ensure best practice from across the globe is incorporated in to the programme. This minimises costly mistakes, ensures all disposals are carried out in a safe manner and builds confidence with the regulator that the design of the facility will meet the stringent safety criteria required to ensure public safety.
Waste Management Optimization
The UK’s National Waste Programme was developed by LLWR, using Studsvik expertise, to provide an integrated approach to managing the UK’s radioactive waste. It has transformed the way low-level radioactive waste is managed across the nuclear idustry, and seen substantial benefits delivered to the UK tax payer. The programme seeks to divert waste from disposal in the LLWR by implementing the waste hierarchy through provision of waste treatment services, coordinate development programs to minimize duplicated costs, tackle difficult wastes to ensure a disposal route is identified and share knowledge across the industry to drive collaboration and increase confidence in program delivery.