New £5m program for UK’s nuclear waste disposal scheme: A new engineering arrangement to seal deep boreholes is being tested as a section of the readiness for an underground disposal accomodation for UK radioactive nuclear waste.
It is a portion of Radioactive Waste Management’s (RWM) £5 million study programme, in which scientists, engineers & geologists have teamed up with engineering firm Jacobs to research, design & set up a ‘Downhole Placement System’ (DPS) that will be sunk from a 25-metre rig to seal boreholes at bottom.
The project helps the research & improvement programme for the building of a safe & secure geological disposal facility (GDF).
The full-scale demonstration programme is originally taking place in Harwell, Oxfordshire, a location owned by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) & run by Magnox, where there are current boreholes as much as 400 metres deep, initially drilled in the 1980s.
Dr Mohammed Sammur, Technical Director at RWM, which is in charge of recognising a appropriate location for a GDF in England or Wales stated: “It’s been hugely exciting to see our research reach this stage, demonstrating that we are prepared for formal site investigation work in the future. We carry out extensive R&D into all aspects of a GDF to understand exactly the requirements for designing, building and operating a facility up to 1,000 metres deep – it will need to be safe for many hundreds of thousands of years.
“We’re grateful to Magnox for accommodating our project and assisting us – it was fortunate to locate suitable boreholes so close to our headquarters.”
Once a probable UK search site for a future GDF has been found & a Community Partnership has been made, RWM will begin geological examinations.
An array of deep boreholes will be drilled, beginning a inclusive method to demonstrate whether the underlying rocks may be appropriate, which is estimated to be several years in the future.
New £5m program for UK’s nuclear waste disposal scheme