Nigel Griffiths, the UK Trade and Industry Minister has announced further funding of over £1 million for a joint study with Sweden to look at the future management of spent nuclear fuel at Andreeva Bay in North West Russia.
The site is effectively derelict, but some 22,000 spent fuel nuclear assemblies still remain stored under poor conditions.
The objective of the joint study, known also as the ‘OBIN’ and translated from Russian broadly means ‘Justification of Investment’, is to deliver a plan for the provision of facilities and infrastructure to support the safe management of SNF, Solid Radioactive Waste (SRW) and Liquid Radioactive Waste (LRW) at Andreeva Bay. The study is expected to last twelve months, followed by a further twelve months obtaining expert reviews, approvals and endorsements by the necessary Russian regulators and local authorities.
Other organisations have agreed to provide financial support to future