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D & D Activities of Tecnubel in Belgium and Abroad

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Koen Lenie, Marc Vandorpe, Guido Mulier

Tecnubel, Dessel, Belgium

Paper No. ICEM2013-96311, pp. V002T03A043; 6 pages
  • ASME 2013 15th International Conference on Environmental Remediation and Radioactive Waste Management
  • Volume 2: Facility Decontamination and Decommissioning; Environmental Remediation; Environmental Management/Public Involvement/Crosscutting Issues/Global Partnering
  • Brussels, Belgium, September 8–12, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division, Environmental Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5602-4
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


Safe decontamination is a regular requirement in the lifecycle of a nuclear plant and is integral to the careful maintenance of any nuclear installation for 4 key reasons:

• To decrease the risk of radioactive contamination spreading

• To limit the radioactive doses contracted by maintenance personnel

• To limit the radioactive doses incurred during decommissioning

• To downgrade the class of radioactive waste

The primary goal of decommissioning is to remove aged and/or contaminated and/or activated components of an installation, safely and securely, in as short a time as possible. There are several reasons why this may be necessary:

• To eliminate the risk of radioactive contamination spreading

• To eliminate the risk of radiation

• To downgrade a site or a circuit to a point where it no longer is submitted to regular inspection

• To remove installations or parts that are no longer in service or have aged

There are many different D&D techniques, tools and materials available today. What is important is knowing how best to use them.

This paper describes the experiences and the future projects of Tecnubel in D & D projects in Belgium and abroad.

Copyright © 2013 by ASME



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