Decommissioning milestone achieved at Ignalina NPP

24 August 2016

Lithuania’s Ignalina NPP has completed dismantling the turbine island equipment at unit 1 - the B9/1 project. The work was carried out between October 2011 and July 2016,” according to a 19 August plant statement. The total amount of equipment dismantled was 18,159t, including turbines and generators, heat exchangers, pumps valves and pipelines. Work continues to treat dismantled waste (cutting, decontamination, radiological measurements, packaging) and this should be complete in 2019.

Lithuania agreed to shut down Ignalina 1 and 2 as a condition of its accession to the European Union. The European Commission is providing substantial funding for the project, scheduled to be completed in 2038. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in April that Lithuania should plan for potential project risks in the decommissioning of the Ignalina plant. A five-day, IAEA-led expert mission to the plant reviewed project risks and uncertainties related to the decommissioning of the two RBMK-1500 light-water, graphite-moderated reactors, which were permanently shut down in 2004 and 2009, respectively.

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