Finnish Government granted a construction licence to Posiva for a final disposal facility of spent nuclear fuel

On November 12, 2015, the Finnish government granted a construction licence to Posiva for a final disposal facility of spent nuclear fuel at Olkiluoto. Posiva submitted its licence application to the government in December 2012. According to the Finnish government, Posiva states that construction work under the license can be started towards the end of next year. The disposal facility can be ready for operation in 2023.

This is the first construction licence for a spent nuclear fuel disposal facility in the world. The spent nuclear fuel packed in copper canisters will be located in the Finnish bedrock at a depth of about 400-450 metres. A maximum of 6,500 tonnes of uranium may be deposited in the facility.

NUMO would like to show great respect for many years’ efforts of all concerned toward the realization of the final disposal facility of spent nuclear fuel in Finland. NUMO will proactively continue to exchange information with Finland and steadily move forward with activities to realize geological disposal in Japan.

Further information:

> Press release by Posiva