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Spent Fuel Handling in Severodvinsk


The Transport and Technological Plan of the Spent Nuclear Fuel Management in Severodvinsk

Tech Area / Field

  • FIR-FUE/Reactor Fuels and Fuel Engineering/Fission Reactors
  • FIR-FUC/Fuel Cycle/Fission Reactors

3 Approved without Funding

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Leading Institute
NPO Zvezdochka, Russia, Arkhangelsk reg., Severodvinsk

Supporting institutes

  • Kurchatov Research Center, Russia, Moscow\nIGEM (Geology & Mineralogy), Russia, Moscow\nNuclear Safety Institute, Russia, Moscow\nExperimental Designing Bureau of Machine Building (OKBM), Russia, N. Novgorod reg., N. Novgorod


  • Sandia National Laboratories, USA, NM, Albuquerque\nNational Nuclear Corporation, UK, Warrington\nMoss Maritime, Norway, Lysaker\nTechnicatome, France, Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex\nNUKEM Nuclear GmbH, Germany, Alzenau

Project summary

The package of works related to Spent Nuclear Fuel (SNF) unloading, storage and shipment for treatment is the determinant factor, which influences the acceleration of the NPS recycling process. Current technical facilities, transport and the technological plan of SNF management need modification because they do not permit work fulfilment in a given time period, which can increase the probability of environmental and personnel radiation exposure.

The aim of the project is a comprehensive study to assess SNF management, the preparation of proposals for the improvement of technical facilities and the SNF management plan, with the development of new technology and additional on–shore facilities and modern equipment introduction, and assessment of the environmental effect of the existing and planned SNF management procedures.

In the process of the Project implementation the following tasks are to be solved:
- the preparation of proposals for improvement of the transport and technological plan of SNF management in Severodvinsk on the basis of the estimation of current SNF management procedures;
- the expediency of the transport and technological plan of SNF management in Severodvinsk from a legal standpoint;
- the solution to problems concerning the provision of information to personnel and the town population;
- the professional training and retraining of specialists.
The research and the realisation of the Project will make it possible:
- to unload SNF from 9–10 Nuclear–Powered Submarines every year;
- to reduce the time that NPS is held in the holding area;
- to reduce the potential risk of the nuclear and radiation impact of decommissioned Nuclear Power Submarines on the environment, personnel and the population;
- to retrain Navy specialists to civilian specialisations, through development of on–shore facilities for SNF unloading.

The Project proposals are to be realized at the “Zvezdochka” Plant.


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