Posiva is an Expert Organisation in Nuclear Waste Management

Posiva Oy is an expert organisation responsible for the final disposal of spent nuclear fuel of the owners.
Posiva has been established in 1995.


News

26.01.2018 News from the world: Review procedure on final disposal project proceeds in Sweden

The Swedish final disposal project has proceeded to a stage where it is reviewed by authorities. The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority, SSM, as well as the Swedish Land and Environmental Court issued yesterday, Tuesday 23 January, their statements related to the final disposal facility for spent nuclear fuel.

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12.01.2018 Strong first year for Posiva Solutions

Posiva Solutions Oy, offering expertise on the final disposal of spent nuclear fuel, has exceeded expectations in its first year in business, and the future growth outlook is good. The success of Posiva Oy’s subsidiary is underpinned by more than 40 years of research and development in the final disposal of spent nuclear fuel.

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Posiva Solutions focuses on the sales of the know-how and technologies Posiva has accumulated from its design, research and development activities in the final disposal of spent nuclear fuel.

What is final disposal about?
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How will the final disposal of spent nuclear fuel be carried out in practise?

Why is copper a suitable material for final disposal canisters?

Copper endures the anoxic conditions deep inside the bedrock and will not corrode. There have been findings in the natural environment of metallic copper which is many millions of years old and it has retained good protective characteristics.




When will final disposal begin?

The final disposal of spent nuclear fuel is intended to begin in 2022.



What is the current location of the spent nuclear fuel?

At the moment, the spent nuclear fuel is stored in water basins in interim storage facilities at the Olkiluoto and Loviisa power plants. The water cools down the fuel assemblies and provides protection against radiation.


What will be the total amount of spent fuel?

According to existing plans, the Loviisa 1–2, Olkiluoto 1–2 and Olkiluoto 3 plant units will produce electricity for 50–60 years. Production results in about 5,500 tonnes of spent fuel. In addition, the operation of the planned Olkiluoto 4 unit for 60 years will increase the total amount of spent fuel up to 9,000 uranium tonnes.


How long will the final disposal of the spent fuel take?

The final disposal of spent fuel from the existing nuclear power plant units and the Olkiluoto 3 unit currently under construction will take about 100 years.


Have the effects of permafrost and a possible ice age been observed in planning the final disposal?

Yes. In the past, ice ages have been regular events and they are expected to also occur in the future. As a result, ice age conditions will be taken into account when planning the final disposal. Posiva carries out research in Greenland in permafrost conditions.


Reports
Canister 1
Disposal of spent fuel has been studied for decades. Reports can be found on our website.

ONKALO
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Underground research facility ONKALO is at Olkiluoto. What happens there?

Publications
Nettisivuille etusivulle videokuva 2
Take a look at the video of the Time Travel to Final Disposal.