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[cdn-nucl-l] Lithuania to build new storage facility for spent nuclear fuel
Posted on Interfax on March 20, 2003 and at:
I believe AECL was going to make a bid for this with MACSTOR - see more at:
Lithuania to build new storage facility for spent nuclear fuel
Vilnius. (Interfax) - The Lithuanian government has given a green light to
building a new storage facility for spent nuclear fuel at the Ignalina
nuclear power plant, the government's press service told Interfax on
A tender for the project will be announced by the end of summer.
Stage-by-stage construction will begin in 2004 and finish in 2010. The
facility will be put into operation in 2005.
The project will require 80.5 million euros in investment. This money will
be provided by international organizations and foreign governments as part
of preparations for the shutdown of the first of Ignalina's two
power-generating units. The storage facility's construction will coincide
with preparations for closing the Ignalina plant.
Earlier, Ignalina's General Director Viktor Shevaldin told Interfax that the
nuclear power plant cannot be closed until a storage facility for spent
nuclear fuel and a boiler house to provide power for the plant being close
and some other related facilities are made available.
A few years ago, a storage facility for dry spent nuclear fuel was built and
put into operation at the Ignalina plant. At this facility, spent nuclear
fuel is stored in special containers and can be kept for up to about 50
Lithuania pledged to put Ignalina's first power-generating unit out of
operation until 2005. The power plant is planned to be closed by 2009.