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Consultancy to contribute to design of Swedish nuclear waste storage facility

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SKB’s underground hard rock laboratory at Äspö north of Oskarshamn is where much of the research about the final repository for spent nuclear fuel is taking place.

Engineering and architecture consultancy Sweco has been commissioned by the Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company SKB to help plan and design a new encapsulation plant for the storage of spent nuclear fuel. ‘Clink’ will be an integrated facility for the interim storage and encapsulation of spent nuclear fuel, located in Oskarshamn, Sweden, and incorporating an existing facility, Clab.

At present, SKB is working on systems engineering and safety analysis reporting aspects of the new facility. Sweco will contribute expertise across a number of disciplines including energy, environment, architecture and structural engineering, in a contract that a spokesperson for the firm says may surpass SEK 200 million (around £17.8 million at time of writing).

Sweco’s contribution will include finalising the design of the plant, design and technical building services, and the site’s safety, control and power supply systems.

Under current plans, the project will begin immediately and continue through mid-2020.

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