Processing, Transfer and Disposal of Low and Intermediate Level Waste from Auxiliary Pools

The low and intermediate level waste stored in the auxiliary pools were not meant to remain in demineralised water, requiring immediate removal for dry storage.

Timeframe: 2016/2017

This project consisted of developing the methodology and tooling required to transfer all miscellaneous low and intermediate level waste from the storage bays to interim dry storage structures. Most of the waste consisted of over 90 filters used to recuperate debris with a specialised vacuum cleaner within the pool. This specific waste was degrading rapidly within the pools due to the demineralized water leaching effect on the galvanised steel construction of the filters, requiring immediate intervention.

The main activities provided are:

  • Developing the tooling and packaging required for the waste, while reusing as much as possible existing equipment and available storage structures
  • developing a drying system and methodology to reduce the water content of the filters for dry storage
  • preparation of technical specifications for the equipment to be supplied
  • preparation of work method and procedures to perform the work
  • provide technical support through all phases of the project, up to and including to the retrieval and packaging work at site.