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CERN: Engineering of a disposal centre for radioactive waste

A three-party intergovernmental agreement between CERN and the host countries of France and Switzerland has regulated the disposal channels and the acceptance criteria for radioactive waste from the operation and the closure of acceleration plants. This allowed a correspondingly structured plant for the treatment and intermediate storage of radioactive waste to be engineered and set up. CERN'S disposal centre is set up in a section of the 900-metre-long circular ISR acceleration tunnel, which is also being used for intermediate storage by CERN. The basis of the concept design was the clarification of the boundary conditions for intermediate storage and waste processing as well as a fire risk study used for defining the fire compartments. Furthermore, Kraftanlagen Heidelberg has selected the machine technology related equipment (metal-press-cutting system, dust collection and filtering system for multiple extraction points) in order to ensure high performance waste processing. For this purpose, tender documents were created and supply contracts were handled as a consultant for the owner. So far, a metal-press-cutting system as well as a large dust collection and filtering system have been installed and commissioned. A cabin for the thermal cutting of very large and massive waste components is yet to follow.

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