Continued collaboration between Posiva and SKB
SKB and Posiva have signed a new five-year agreement on continued collaboration on the method and development work for the final disposal of spent nuclear fuel. The purpose of the collaboration is to pool the two organizations’ resources in encapsulation and disposal technology as well as in bedrock investigations.The development work on encapsulation and disposal technology is a key part of the collaboration and is aimed at ensuring that the engineered barriers in the KBS-3 concept function as intended and that the concept is practically feasible.
Thanks to the collaboration, both companies have access to the resources in both Oskarshamn, where SKB’s two research laboratories are located, and Olkiluoto, where Posiva has conducted extensive bedrock investigations and begun construction of the underground characterisation facility that can later be utilised as an access to the actual final repository.
“The research and development work in SKB’s laboratories in Oskarshamn is of great interest for us. By participating in the projects at both the Canister Laboratory and the Äspö HRL we gain access to valuable research on final disposal and its practical feasibility,” says Eero Patrakka, President of Posiva.
“Finland and Sweden are among the countries that have come farthest both in technological development and in the siting process. Collaboration therefore benefits both parties and is natural. We Swedes are particularly interested in keeping close track of Posiva’s experiences during the construction of the underground characterisation facility in Olkiluoto,” says Claes Thegerström, President of SKB.
Finland has already decided on a site, while SKB in Sweden is now preparing for the processes of licensing and site selection.
This year SKB will submit an application to build the encapsulation plant in Oskarshamn. The permit application for the final repository, with priority given to the two sites currently being investigated, will be submitted in 2009. According to the plans, a final repository can stand finished in Sweden in around 2018 and in Finland about two years later, in 2020.