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30.06.2010 09:11

An EU project for the development and harmonisation of the training related to the final disposal of nuclear waste convened in Eurajoki

The competence required by a safe final disposal of spent nuclear fuel and highly high active activity nuclear waste will be developed in the seventh framework programme’s three-year PETRUS II project supported by the EU.

The project convenes in the Vuojoki manor on 21-22 June 2010. The aim is to create a coherent European training programme for experts seeking to participate in final disposal projects of nuclear waste. In addition to Posiva, the project involves 14 communities and universities from 12 European countries.


“The final disposal of spent nuclear fuel and high activity nuclear waste is being prepared in many European countries. The purpose of the training is that a lack of experts would not become an obstacle when the projects proceed to the implementation stage,” says Senior Expert Marjatta Palmu who works in the PETRUS project as a representative of Posiva. “Finland or other countries in Europe do not have a training programme preparing for the final disposal of nuclear waste; instead, the expertise has in most cases been obtained through practical work and internal training provided by the implementing organisations,” says Palmu.


Besides nuclear waste companies, the PETRUS project is being participated in by many European universities for whose curricula development measures are being taken to draw up a shared study package (corresponding to a master’s degree) concerning the final disposal of nuclear waste. A training programme that is coherent at the European level will enable the procurement of competent labour across national boundaries and promote labour mobility according to the needs of national final disposal projects. The Aalto University School of Science and Technology is another Finnish participant in the project along with Posiva.


The project team’s fourth meeting, arranged at the Vuojoki manor, was attended by 21 experts from European nuclear waste management organizations and universities. The project is being coordinated by Ecole de Mines de Nancy based in France. The project will conclude in 2012, and its budget totals nearly EUR 1.9 million.

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