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Engineering Studies and Demonstrations of Repository Designs (ESDRED)

Objective

The Integrated Project ESDRED, a joint research effort by major national radioactive waste management agencies (or subsidiaries of agencies) and by research organizations, representing nine European countries, is a major step to establish a sound technical basis for demonstrating the safety of disposing spent fuel and long-lived radioactive wastes in deep geological formations and to underpin the development of a common European view on the main issues related to the management and disposal of waste. The overall objective of the Integrated Project ESDRED over 5 years is to demonstrate the technical feasibility at an industrial scale for activities carried out to construct, operate and close a deep geological repository, and at the same time comply with requirements on long-term safely, operational salty, irretrievability and monitoring. This programme provides the opportunity for RW management organisations to work together efficiently to generate solutions, systems and technologies, which can be shared. This project focuses on four activities that are addressed today neither by existing nor by easily adapted technologies of mining, civil and nuclear engineering:
- buffer construction: manufacturing and construction of an engineered barrier system for horizontal disposal drifts,
- waste canister transfer and emplacement into horizontal and vertical deposal cells,
- heavy load emplacement in horizontal disposal drifts,
- temporary sealing: reinforcing and plugging drifts with low-pH cementations materials, Monitoring and irretrievability at all steps of repository construction, operation and closure are considered in this exercise and integrated in the relevant technical modules. Each technology is developed within one technical module to provide an access to various industrial solutions compatible with national repository concepts and geological specify. Training and communication activities are developed across all modules.

Call for proposal

EURATOMCALL2003-FIXEDDEADLINE
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Coordinator

AGENCE NATIONALE POUR LA GESTION DES DECHETS RADIOACTIFS
Address
1-7 Rue Jean Monnet - Parc De La Croix Blanche
Chatenay Malabry
France

Participants (13)

ASOCIACION PARA LA INVESTIGACION Y EL DESARROLLO INDUSTRIAL DE LOS RECURSOS NATURALES
Spain
Address
Alenza 1
Madrid
CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
Address
Serrano 117
Madrid
DBE TECHNOLOGY GMBH
Germany
Address
Eschenstrasse 55
Peine
EMPRESA NACIONAL DE RESIDUOS RADIOACTIVOS S.A.
Spain
Address
Emilio Vargas 7
Madrid
ESV EURIDICE GIE - EUROPEAN UNDERGROUND RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THE DISPOSAL OF WASTE IN A CLAY ENVIRONMENT
Belgium
Address
Boeretang 200
Mol
GESELLSCHAFT FUER ANLAGEN- UND REAKTORSICHERHEIT (GRS) MBH
Germany
Address
Schwertnergasse 1
Koeln
NATIONALE GENOSSENSCHAFT FUER DIE LAGERUNG RADIOAKTIVER ABFAELLE
Switzerland
Address
Hardstrasse 73
Wettingen
UNITED KINGDOM NIREX LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Curie Avenue
Didcot,harwell,chilton
NUCLEAR RESEARCH AND CONSULTANCY GROUP
Netherlands
Address
Westerduinweg 3
Petten
ORGANISME NATIONAL DES DECHETS RADIOACTIFS ET DES MATIERES FISSILES ENRICHIES/NATIONALE INSTELLING VOOR RADIOACTIEF AFVAL EN VERRIJKTE SPLIJTSTOFFEN
Belgium
Address
Avenue Des Arts 14
Bruxelles
POSIVA OY
Finland
Address

Olkiluoto
SVENSK KAERNBRAENSLEHANTERING AB
Sweden
Address
Brahegatan 47
Stockholm
NUCLEAR DECOMMISSIONING AUTHORITY
United Kingdom
Address
Westlakes Science Park - Herdus House
Moor Row