2017 Agenda

The 8th Annual Nuclear Decommissioning and Waste Management Conference Europe is Europe’s premier meeting point for the nuclear decommissioning community, where the industry’s fundamental challenges, innovations and opportunities are explored and resolved to drive the industry forward

With over 20 countries represented in 2016, the Nuclear Decommissioning and Waste Management Conference Europe provides exlusive insight into the key solutions being developed across Europe to create a holistic strategy for decommissioning and the back-end of the fuel cycle

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Session 1: Decommissioning & Waste Management Supply Chain Workshop - Europe

Supply Chain Workshop: European Collaboration

  • Hear from international trade experts on the best practice for doing business more effectively throughout Europe
  • Learn how to facilitate international collaboration and take advantage of the waste management and decommissioning opportunities abroad
  • Understand the impacts of the timescales for decommissioning and dismantling nuclear power plants caused by political changes across Europe
  • Understand how to ensure international collaboration can be optimised during and after the UK’s withdrawal from the EU to ensure member states can share knowledge and facilities to optimise strategy
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Session 2: Plenary Session

How European Decommissioning and Waste Management trends feature in the world landscape

  • Get an overview of the World and European decommissioning and waste management experiences and achievements to date
  • Hear about the current and future decommissioning state in Europe, and the challenges the policy makers and the industry will face to address an increased demand for decommissioning nuclear power plants
  • Develop your knowledge of the best practice to integrate the planning of decommissioning and waste stream management to ensure you can safely and cost-effectively decommission in the future

Utility Panel Session: Decommissioning Strategies

  • Hear how different European utilities plan on optimising decommissioning strategy to enhance cost-effectiveness
  • Hear multiple European opinions on the future of decommissioning to ensure you can use optimal strategies to dismantle your plant
  • Learn about what the phasing out of nuclear power in Germany will mean for German utility companies, and how they plan on optimising final shut-down

European Regulation: Panel Session

  • Understand the investigations that European regulators are conducting into improving policy and international standardisation
  • Create a common understanding of policy and regulations across Europe to increase international collaboration and overseas opportunities
  • Gain an overview of the differences between European regulations to drive forward common regulations in line with international developments
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Decommissioning Session 3: Technical Case Studies and Innovations

Lessons-learned from EnBW’s decommissioning strategy

  • Develop an understanding of the challenges encountered by EnBW during light water reactor decommissioning projects to ensure lessons learned are recognised and acted upon to minimise future difficulties
  • Learn to adapt the knowledge of decommissioning light water reactor and explore how it can be used to more effectively decommission Magnox and gas cooled reactors throughout Europe
  • Understand the strategies being developed in Germany for nuclear power plant decommissioning preparation and the key success factors that can be used to facilitate safe, cost-effective decommissioning

Reactor dismantling in practice: how successful decommissioning is being done

  • Gain an insight into the latest NPP decommissioning projects across Europe by hearing about active projects and preparations for future projects
  • Learn about the successful strategies currently being utilised to decommission boiling water reactor plants
  • Understand the challenges faced when dismantling European nuclear power plant projects and how they have been effectively overcome

European case study: nuclear decommissioning programme

  • Get an update on the recent preparations ahead of the nuclear decommissioning programme in (Germany and Sweden)
  • Understand the decommissioning work in progress, key timelines and schedule for the decommissioning programme
  • Discover the plans and processes put in place to ensure a smooth transition from operations to decommissioning

The latest innovative advanced automatic control technologies: develop an optimal waste management strategy

  • Learn how to increase automatic control using robotics within plant dismantling to facilitate decommissioning in inaccessible and unsafe areas
  • Understand the challenges associated with replacing hands-on human activities within a harsh radiation environments such as underwater and in acidic conditions
  • Learn about the innovations allowing for data transmission through unforgiving radioactive environments to automate the dismantling of your plant

Decommissioning and Dismantling Remote Handling Solutions

  • Understand the layout and technical design of remote control handling to minimise operator risks to radiation exposure
  • Hear about current projects in Europe utilising remote handling and how they are creating effective strategies to safely dismantle nuclear power plants
  • Hear about the latest research and development techniques to drive forward remote handing solutions
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Decommissioning Session 4: Financing NPP Decommissioning

Cost estimation trends and evolving practice within decommissioning cost estimation, with an international perspective

  • Hear about recent work on approaches to effectively and consistently estimate nuclear power plant retirement costs to deal with and reduce nuclear power plant decommissioning cost uncertainties
  • Be informed of current work exploring the relationships between decommissioning cost estimates and actual costs
  • Further your knowledge of underlying causes behind the apparent escalation of decommissioning costs and how these may be communicated

Panel Session: A UK perspective on how to address the rising costs of liabilities

  • Hear from key stakeholders within the NDA estate to discover the challenges encountered during current decommissioning work, and how the lessons learned from these can improve practice within future projects to ensure complications are prevented
  • Compare current decommissioning work within the NDA estate with the plans for near term future decommissioning work in the UK to reduce the knowledge gap and facilitate learning between organisations
  • Develop learning opportunities across Europe by perceiving the challenges encountered within UK decommissioning and broadening knowledge of methods to reduce these in future

The new financing structure of Germany’s decommissioning and radioactive waste liabilities

  • Develop your understanding of the new law separating Germany’s decommissioning and waste management liabilities and how this will affect regulators, utilities and the supply chain
  • Learn how the separation of decommissioning and waste management funds will impact upon the strategies employed by utilities to safely and cost-effectively decommission nuclear power plants and recognise where opportunities may lie for the supply chain.
  • Understand how the decision by the government to compensate utilities for the phase out of nuclear power will affect the general public to ensure acceptance of the changes are maximised
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Waste Management Session 5: Waste Management Regulatory Update

Regulations surrounding the deep disposal of High-Level Waste

  • Understand the regulations placed upon deep disposal repositories to overcome the challenge of addressing high-level waste
  • Learn from environmental professionals to increase industry awareness of the best available techniques and decision making for high-level waste disposal
  • Understand the basis of regulations to establish and framework competition between production methods

Radioactive Waste Policy and Infrastructure: Fundamental to Your Success

  • Hear about the ongoing work to review and identify opportunities to strengthen radioactive waste policy and infrastructure to ensure safety and efficiency is optimised
  • Understand why such policy and infrastructure is so important and how it will affect radioactive waste management
  • Recognise the potential opportunities for improvement identified to-date and comprehend how these will advance current radioactive waste policy and infrastructure

Regulatory Impacts of the Guidance on Requirements for Release of Nuclear Sites from Radioactive Substances Regulation

  • Understand the GRR regulation and how it affects the regulation of nuclear sites in the final stages of decommissioning
  • Understand how the regulation affects the potentials for onsite disposal and hear what this means for nuclear decommissioning
  • Learn how to apply the release of nuclear sites from radioactive substances regulation in relation to the optimisation of site end states and the potential for on-site disposal for some wastes
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Waste Management Session 6: Waste disposal and characterisation

OECD NEA Waste Management Activity

  • Get an overview of the current activities being undertaken by the OECD NEA to recognise the recent stakeholder requirements in countries throughout Europe, to assist in recognising where the most prevalent gaps lie
  • Hear a global perspective on nuclear waste management and the characterisation of radiological waste to ensure the best practice is adhered to for safe implementation of geological repositories
  • Based on recent outcomes hear the discrepancies identified between countries and organisations, to learn about the strategies currently in place to enhance international cooperation

Panel: Public Acceptance and Securing Community Support for Waste Disposal

  • Hear about current techniques being used to facilitate public acceptance of high-level waste disposal and establish the support of deep disposal repositories in communities
  • Address the global public acceptance challenge through increased transparency of waste management decisions whereby science is combined with public communication to enhance understanding and confidence in waste disposal
  • Understand how to involve communities in siting decisions to secure waste management support

Deep Geological Disposal of High-Level Waste

  • Hear from European countries currently undertaking deep geological disposal projects about the strategies being utilised
  • Understand the challenges for siting Geological Disposal Facilities in different European countries
  • Advance your knowledge of optimising deep geological repositories to dispose of high-level waste to save long term costs

Characterisation of Waste

  • Advance your knowledge of performing non-destructive assay to measure the efficiency of your decontamination process
  • Understand how accurate characterisation of waste is required to be to ensure you can effectively demonstrate compliance with regulations
  • Enhance your understanding of performing more precise characterisation methodology to ensure declarations of uncertainties are reduced to minimise overestimations of capacity

Solutions for Dealing with the Final Disposal of Spent Fuel

  • Gain an insight into the optimal strategies of disposing spent fuel
  • Develop your understanding of how to increase public acceptance of spent fuel disposal through transparency, regulation and trust
  • Take a look at the present situation in Finland: learn about Finland’s construction of final disposal space under the new nuclear construction license
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Waste Management Session 7: Waste storage and transportation

Panel Session: Integrating Transportation with Decommissioning

  • Hear from industry experts about the interface between decommissioning NPP’s and the transportation of waste materials to recognise where the current challenges lie, to develop an improved strategy to address these knowledge gaps
  • Comprehend the regulatory aspects of integrating transport techniques with decommissioning to move towards interim storage, including cost and time constraints, to ensure you have the proficiency to position your organisation at the forefront of the transportation market
  • Understand the differences between operators’ approaches to the transportation of nuclear waste and spent fuel to compare and contrast strategies and ensure you can develop the most optimal approaches

The Economics of Waste

  • Learn about the waste management market structure, growth expectations within Europe and potential opportunities
  • Explore the commercial viability of waste packaging, transport and storage to enhance opportunities and investment in the back end of the fuel cycle
  • Understand the financing and regulatory implications of the de-licensing of contaminated land, and recognise how this will affect the financing of waste management

Perspectives on extending interim storage of spent nuclear fuel (beyond the initial license period)

  • Enhance your understanding of the long-term requirements for interim storage packages, including the transportation of spent fuel and high level waste (HLW) after storage.
  • Hear about the latest R&D initiatives for interim storage solutions being developed and utilised in Germany
  • Further your understanding of the criteria surrounding license extension of interim storage facilities at shut-down power plant sites.

If you’d like to get involved, I’d love to hear from you! Please contact me on the details below

Charlotte Howlett

Charlotte Howlett

Senior Project Director
Nuclear Energy Insider
Global: +44 (0) 20 7375 7182
Email: chowlett@nuclearenergyinsider.com

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