• 23 Mar

    Decommissioning a nuclear installation? Yes we can!

    ENGIE Tower, Avenue Simon Bolivarlaan – 1000 Brussels (@ 18.30)

    Belgian skills and expertise in D&D

    by Vincent Massaut (SCK•CEN and Vice-Chairman of the BNS)

    The BR3 project was selected in 1989 as European pilot decommissioning project. This pilot project concerned the decontamination and dismantling of a pilot PWR plant. Several techniques of dismantling (and decontamination) were developed and tested in real scale on actual active materials, representative of future commercial NPP dismantling. At the same time the main principles of waste and material management were set up for dealing with the large amount of material to be treated after decommissioning a nuclear power plant.

    The lecture will show the large experience acquired in various cutting technologies and waste/material management as well as the specific radioprotection and safety aspects attached to decommissioning activities.

    The BR3 team continues developing tools and techniques for the complete decommissioning of plants, including software for the follow up of materials and radwaste, methods to deal with contaminated and activated concrete, process and principles to completely free release installations and partial facilities, etc. With such a very long experience of the domain, the dismantling team is ready for further developments and to help prepare and perform decommissioning in the safest and most economical way.

    About the speaker

    Vincent Massaut obtained a master’s degree in Engineering, electro-mechanics, with a specialty in nuclear engineering, from the University of Liège (in 1982). He started in technology research for fusion Energy and in 1990 took over the BR3 decommissioning project; he directed this project during 15 years. At that time, he was nominated as Chairman of the « Working Party on D&D» within the OECD/NEA, and he has been member of various international expert committees.

    He is currently still member of the European JRC D&WM international expert group to advice on the dismantling of nuclear facilities in the 4 JRC’s. Since 1999, he is also a member of the “Groupe Permanent Usines”, which advices the French regulatory authority ASN. After 2 years of safety and environmental officer at the EFDA, in 2007 he took over the direction of fusion technology studies at SCK•CEN. In 2014 he took his current position as Deputy Director in charge of the Business Development activities at the SCK-CEN in Mol, Belgium.

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