Team selected to dismantle Lithuania's Ignalina

January 9, 2023, 7:00AMRadwaste Solutions
The Ignalina nuclear power plant. (Photo: INPP)

A consortium comprising Westinghouse Electric Spain, Jacobs, and the Lithuanian Energy Institute has been selected to plan dismantling and waste management at the long closed two-unit Ignalina nuclear power plant in Lithuania.

According to a Jacobs press release on January 5, the Soviet-designed Ignalina could be the first graphite-moderated reactor plant to be dismantled, making it a test bed for methodologies that could be used to decommission the U.K.’s Magnox and advanced gas-cooled reactors, which also have graphite cores.

History: In 2002, the Lithuanian government decided to shut down Ignalina's two units, which supplied up to 88 percent of the country’s electricity. Ignalina-1, which has started commercial operations in December 1983, was closed in December 2004. Ignalina-2, which started commercial operations in August 1987, was closed in December 2009.

Since the government's decision to close the plant, a project management unit that included Jacobs was formed to build facilities needed to decommission the plant, as part of a program led by the Ignalina International Decommissioning Support Fund and financed through the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

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