03.09.2012 08:50

IAEA Director General Amano impressed by Posiva's work

"When ONKALO is ready, it is good news for the whole world," said IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano to the Länsi-Suomi newspaper after his ONKALO visit.

"The Director General was impressed by the work performed by Posiva, and those to thank for this are Posiva's employees," says Reijo Sundell, CEO of Posiva.

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano visited ONKALO last Thursday, 23 August. Reijo Sundell and Kimmo Kemppainen of Posiva participated in the ONKALO visit. The visit also involved a meeting with TVO representatives and a visit to OL3.

The esteemed guest was particularly impressed by the quality and extent of research in Olkiluoto bedrock.


"The amount of information is massive. And the research here is not only about final disposal technology but all conditions related to it. To say that there is no final disposal solution for spent nuclear fuel is just not true. I can now spread this message with even more confidence," says Amano.

"The Director General was interested in and positively surprised by how well we have executed our plans so far. He was also inspired by the implementation," says Kimmo Kemppainen who acted as the guide for the Director General's delegation in ONKALO.

 In ONKALO, the guests familiarised themselves with the completed full-scale final disposal holes of demonstration tunnel 1, and the completed and ongoing research projects.

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The Director General visited the underground characterization facility, ONKALO, in the demonstration tunnel one, at about 420 meters depth. From left, back row: 1. Mr Reijo Sundell, President, Posiva Oy, 2. Mr Kimmo Kemppainen, Research Manager, Posiva Oy, 3. Mr Lauri Hirvonen, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of Finland in Vienna, 4. Mr Conleth Brady, Assistant to the Director General, IAEA From left, front row: 1. Mr Yukiya Amano, Director General, IAEA, 2. Mr Tero Varjoranta, Director General, STUK (Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority), 3. Mr Juan Carlos Lentijo, Director of the Division of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Waste Technology, IAEA, 4. Mr Herkko Plit, Deputy Director General, Head of Nuclear Energy Division, Ministry of Employment and the Economy

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