Chinshan nuclear plant in TaiwanGermany’s GNS Gesellschaft für Nuklear-Service (GNS) has been awarded a contract by Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) for the development of containers for the transport and interim storage of intermediate and low-level radioactive waste.

Within the scope of upcoming national decommissioning projects, this is the first contract awarded internationally by Taipower since the decommissioning of Chinshan nuclear plant was announced in 2019.

The containers are for metallic waste from the dismantling of the reactors and primary peripherals from all Taiwanese nuclear power plants.

The order comprises the development of a total of five different container types based on the proven GNS designs (1x type B(U), 4x type IP-2) and steel sheet containers (type IP-2).

The contract includes the supply of handling and loading equipment as well as the preliminary plan for cutting the reactor and primary peripherals.

The order also comprises five prototypes, which will be manufactured by domestic partner companies in Taiwan, training courses and the cold handling at Chinshan site.

For more than 30 years, GNS has been responsible for the management of all the radioactive waste and used nuclear fuel resulting from the operation of German nuclear power plants. For nearly three decades GNS also operated the central interim storage facilities for high-level, intermediate and low-level waste at Gorleben and Ahaus.

Photo: Chinshan nuclear plant in Taiwan is the first unit to be decommissioned