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Decommissioning of nuclear installations

The use of nuclear installations is inseparably linked with the task of their decommissioning and dismantling. For more than 20 years, GRS has been supporting authorities in Germany and abroad by providing expert assessments and advice on all kinds of aspects of the decommissioning of nuclear installations.

Decommissioning of nuclear installations (Source: GRS)Our competences
The decommissioning of nuclear installations is a complex process in which all kinds of technical issues have to be considered and co-ordinated. Decommissioning as it is understood by GRS requires an integrated approach that covers previous operating experience with the installation to be decommissioned as well as issues of radioactive waste management.

GRS offers the know-how that is necessary for answering all questions related to decommissioning. Our competences in the field of decommissioning comprise the analysis and assessment of the strategic planning of decommissioning projects and of the use of concrete dismantling techniques as well as all aspects of radiation protection. Furthermore, GRS has distinctive knowledge and experience in related specialist fields that are relevant in connection with decommissioning. This includes e.g. safety-related and regulatory issues regarding radioactive waste transports and management. The technical competences in this area are supplemented by legal expertise in the associated fields of law.

This know-how of GRS is based on more than 35 years of work as an expert organisation for government authorities as well as on our own research and development. Moreover, in 2013 GRS was made the German federal government’s agency for the central project management of all decommissioning projects of nuclear test and demonstration facilities owned by the state.
Our services
Our portfolio comprises the following services:

  • Advice and assessment with respect to concrete technical and legal issues as well as regarding the strategy and planning of decommissioning projects
  • Project management, progress monitoring and documentation of decommissioning projects
  • Support in the drafting of regulations, taking the respective national specifics into account
  • Know-how transfer in the form of individually tailored seminars and coachings or through elaborations on specific issues.

GRS co-operates with a large number of national and international specialist organisations and is hence in a position to supplement effectively its own competences by forming consortia or awarding subcontracts, should the need arise.

Customers and references
The most important German customers of GRS are the Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU) and the Federal Ministry of Research (BMBF). At international level, GRS is involved in projects sponsored by the European Commission and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and also works directly for foreign customers.