Extension to the storage building at Dessel © NIRAS/ONDRAFThe Belgian agency for the management of radioactive waste, NIRAS/ONDRAF has selected a consortium, led by Sweco Belgium and including Orano Projets, Jacobs and Arteum Architects, for a framework contract covering new treatment and storage facilities.

The consortium will be responsible for feasibility studies, all design phases, as well as project and construction supervision and support on several major projects to build new waste storage buildings and a water treatment plant at the NIRAS/ONDRAF site in Dessel and Mol.

The contract is estimated by NIRAS/ONDRAF to be worth €31.68 million ($38.4m).

Sweco and Arteum Architects are already carrying out multidisciplinary design, site monitoring and site supervision for NIRAS/ONDRAF relating to surface storage of category A radioactive waste in Dessel.

Jacobs brings extensive decommissioning and waste management experience from major nuclear sites in the USA, France and the UK, where it is the engineering design partner for Sellafield Ltd.

Orano Projets offers 40 years of operating experience in the design, engineering and construction of complex projects and in support of the operation of major nuclear sites in France, USA, Japan, UK.

Photo: Extension to the storage building at Dessel © NIRAS/ONDRAF