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Engineering Studies and Demonstrations of Repository Designs (ESDRED)

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.

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Coordinator

AGENCE NATIONALE POUR LA GESTION DES DECHETS RADIOACTIFS

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1-7 Rue Jean Monnet - Parc De La Croix Blanche
Chatenay Malabry

France

Participants (13)

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ASOCIACION PARA LA INVESTIGACION Y EL DESARROLLO INDUSTRIAL DE LOS RECURSOS NATURALES

Spain

CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

DBE TECHNOLOGY GMBH

Germany

EMPRESA NACIONAL DE RESIDUOS RADIOACTIVOS S.A.

Spain

ESV EURIDICE GIE - EUROPEAN UNDERGROUND RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THE DISPOSAL OF WASTE IN A CLAY ENVIRONMENT

Belgium

GESELLSCHAFT FUER ANLAGEN- UND REAKTORSICHERHEIT (GRS) MBH

Germany

NATIONALE GENOSSENSCHAFT FUER DIE LAGERUNG RADIOAKTIVER ABFAELLE

Switzerland

UNITED KINGDOM NIREX LTD

United Kingdom

NUCLEAR RESEARCH AND CONSULTANCY GROUP

Netherlands

ORGANISME NATIONAL DES DECHETS RADIOACTIFS ET DES MATIERES FISSILES ENRICHIES/NATIONALE INSTELLING VOOR RADIOACTIEF AFVAL EN VERRIJKTE SPLIJTSTOFFEN

Belgium

POSIVA OY

Finland

SVENSK KAERNBRAENSLEHANTERING AB

Sweden

NUCLEAR DECOMMISSIONING AUTHORITY

United Kingdom

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 508851

  • Start date

    1 February 2004

  • End date

    31 January 2009

Funded under:

FP6-EURATOM-NUWASTE

  • Overall budget:

    € 23 885 470

  • EU contribution

    € 7 826 100

Coordinated by:

AGENCE NATIONALE POUR LA GESTION DES DECHETS RADIOACTIFS

France