The decommissioned Barsebäck nuclear power plant in Sweden is being dismantled and the resulting waste will be transported to rock vaults at the Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company’s (SKB) repository in Forsmark. Sweco has been commissioned to implement a new method for management of radioactive waste. The goals are to minimise the dose rate that the involved employees are exposed to, to improve the working environment and at the same time to ensure compliance with strict requirements on sorting of waste into different waste fractions.
Assignment: FOCT Barsebäck
Client: Barsebäck Kraft AB (BKAB)
Area of operation: Industry; logistics
The process to be built up can be described as a sorting facility for low and intermediate level waste that will be finished with a concrete encapsulation plant.
After sorting into low and intermediate level waste, the intermediate level waste will be encapsulated in concrete that is filled into the moulds where the waste will stored at SKB’s Final Repository for Short-Lived Radioactive Waste (SFR). The low level waste will also be sent to the final repository, but without concrete encapsulation.
Demolition of the Barsebäck nuclear power plant is scheduled to begin in 2023 at the earliest and is dependent on the completion of rock vaults for final repository at SKB’s facility in Forsmark.
The project is expected to be completed in 2017.