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Spent Nuclear Fuel in Slovakia

Management and Disposal of Spent Nuclear Fuel in Slovakia

  • June 1, 2020
  • 9:37 pm

Highlights

1,505 tHM spent nuclear fuel in storage (2013)
3,380 tHM spent nuclear fuel projected by 2050
1980 First year of commercial nuclear operation*
4 operating nuclear power reactors
0 operating research and test reactors
2 nuclear power reactors under construction
1.94 GW(e) installed nuclear capacity (2018)
55.03% nuclear share of domestic energy production (2018)

Regulator: The Nuclear Regulatory Authority of the Slovak Republic (ÚJD SR)
Power Operator: Slovenské elektrárne (SE)

Nuclear Power stations in Slovakia (as of 2019)

Management and Disposal of Spent Nuclear Fuel

Practices

  • Spent fuel is stored for 3-7 years in pools at each reactor facility, and afterwards is moved to the Interim Spent Fuel Storage site at the Bohunice reactor

Obligations

  • Slovakia acceded to Euratom’s safeguards agreement (INFCIRC/193) and additional protocol in 2005
  • Slovakia signed the Joint Convention in 1997 and ratified in 1999
  • The National Policy and National Program for the Management of Spent Fuel and Radioactive Waste (Resolution 387/2015) provides the backbone of SNF management in Slovakia
  • This policy does not include the option of reprocessing
  • Future goals for fuel management are development of dry storage systems as well as progress towards a deep geological repository for SNF and high-level waste
  • The government-identified options are creating a DGR in Slovakia, or working with other countries on a jointly owned DGR
  • JAVYS, a.s. – a State owned company – is responsible for NPP decommissioning and spent nuclear fuel handling.
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