Posiva is an Expert Organisation in Nuclear Waste Management

Posiva Oy is an expert organisation responsible for the final disposal of spent nuclear fuel of the owners.
Posiva has been established in 1995.


Why is copper a suitable material for final disposal canisters?

Copper endures the anoxic conditions deep inside the bedrock and will not corrode. There have been findings in the natural environment of metallic copper which is many millions of years old and it has retained good protective characteristics.




When will final disposal begin?

The final disposal of spent nuclear fuel is intended to begin in 2022.



What is the current location of the spent nuclear fuel?

At the moment, the spent nuclear fuel is stored in water basins in interim storage facilities at the Olkiluoto and Loviisa power plants. The water cools down the fuel assemblies and provides protection against radiation.


What will be the total amount of spent fuel?

According to existing plans, the Loviisa 1–2, Olkiluoto 1–2 and Olkiluoto 3 plant units will produce electricity for 50–60 years. Production results in about 5,500 tonnes of spent fuel. In addition, the operation of the planned Olkiluoto 4 unit for 60 years will increase the total amount of spent fuel up to 9,000 uranium tonnes.


How long will the final disposal of the spent fuel take?

The final disposal of spent fuel from the existing nuclear power plant units and the Olkiluoto 3 unit currently under construction will take about 100 years.


Have the effects of permafrost and a possible ice age been observed in planning the final disposal?

Yes. In the past, ice ages have been regular events and they are expected to also occur in the future. As a result, ice age conditions will be taken into account when planning the final disposal. Posiva carries out research in Greenland in permafrost conditions.


News

16.06.2017 Preparation of integrated systems test progresses to pilot hole drilling phase

Posiva ensures the safety of final disposal by conducting a great number of various tests. Estimated to be carried out in 2022, the integrated systems test will see final disposal operations tested without actual spent nuclear fuel. The test will provide more information concerning the functionality of the various phases of the final disposal process.

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03.05.2017 Finnish final disposal expertise gains worldwide interest

Posiva’s expertise in the final disposal of spent nuclear fuel has attracted a lot of international demand. Posiva Solutions, a subsidiary of Posiva, has clients both in Finland and in other parts of the world.

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Posiva Solutions
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Posiva Solutions focuses on the sales of the know-how and technologies Posiva has accumulated from its design, research and development activities in the final disposal of spent nuclear fuel.

What is final disposal about?
Onkalo maisemassa etusivunkuva
How will the final disposal of spent nuclear fuel be carried out in practise?

Posiva Core Question
Core Question Quiz
Play Posiva Core Question, the quiz and learn more on the safe management of spent fuel disposal.

Reports
Canister 1
Disposal of spent fuel has been studied for decades. Reports can be found on our website.

ONKALO
Demo2 etusivunkuva
Underground research facility ONKALO is at Olkiluoto. What happens there?

Publications
Nettisivuille etusivulle videokuva 2
Take a look at the video of the Time Travel to Final Disposal.