The conference aims to cover all aspects of how to accomplish full-scale demonstration tests of repository concepts for the disposal of radioactive waste. Based on the experiences and challenges of the LUCOEX project it will focus on planning, excavation of tunnels/drifts, manufacturing of components and installation equipment, installation techniques, instrumentation/monitoring and workers safety.
Opportunity will be given to present plans and results from other projects/programmes.
The conference has five main topics based on the experiences and challenges from the LUCOEX project.
1. National SF/HLW disposal programmes for geological disposal in crystalline hard rock and clay formations
2. Lessons learned from planning and installation activities of full-scale demonstration tests including: Planning, Installation (installation equipment and technique, etc), Workers safety, Instrumentation and results
3. Lessons learned from different excavation techniques in crystalline hard rock and clay formations
4. Lessons learned from different production techniques for bentonite blocks and granulates
5. Panel discussion.
A visit to SKB´s Äspö Hard Rock Laboratory will be arranged, on June 4th, 2015.
LUCOEX aims to demonstrate the overall feasibility of construction, component manufacturing and sealing of underground repositories for high-level nuclear waste. This has been done through four full-scale demonstrators performed in four different underground research laboratories in Europe. The project covers disposal concepts and both clay and hard rock geology.
A lot of experiences have been gained from the full-scale demonstration tests. Lessons learned and results from the four demonstrations will be presented as well as how they fit to the different national programmes.
The conference catalogue, which was distributed during the conference, contains abstracts and posters from the conference and workshop.
The conference displayed a number of movies during the conference presenting the national concepts and the work that has been done.
The LUCOEX-project and the conference has been managed through a cooperation between the waste management companies in Sweden (SKB), Finland (Posiva), France (Andra) and Switzerland (Nagra).
This project has also received funding from the European Union´s Atomic Energy Community´s (Euratom) FP7 under grant agreement no 269905, the LUCOEX project