The EU-project MIND (Microbiology In Nuclear waste Disposal) will have its first Project Annual Meeting (PAM) which is scheduled to take place in Granada on the 2nd to 4th of May at the University of Granada. The meeting include a pre-meeting workshop covering key technical aspects of working with nucleic acids and clays intended as […]
The Nuclear Research Centre in Belgium (SCK•CEN) is looking for PhD candidates. The topic is microbial processes in geological disposal of radioactive waste. The aim of the project is to unravel the impact of microbial processes on cement in repository-like conditions and on bitumen (derivatives) at a high, cement-derived, pH. The two parts of the […]
The HADES URL is the main research infrastructure for studies on geological disposal in Belgium. The Belgian URL is situated at the Mol nuclear area and is located in the Boom Clay formation at a depth of approximately 225 meters.
Low- and intermediate-level operating waste generated at the Olkiluoto power plant is finally disposed of in the VLJ-repository. It was commissioned in 1992 and consists of two rock silos, a hall connecting the two and auxiliary facilities constructed at a depth of 60-100 meters inside the bedrock. Low-level waste is deposited in the rock silo […]
The Mont Terri Underground Rock Laboratory (URL) is located in the Jura Mountains in Switzerland, 300 m below ground level. It provides access to the proposed host rock for deep geological disposal of radioactive waste in Switzerland, Opalinus Clay. There are numerous experiments ongoing at Mont Terri including several focused on the potential role of […]
The Äspö HRL (hard rock laboratory) outside Oskarshamn is a unique facility. SKB is conducting full-scale research and development here in preparation for the construction of a final repository for spent nuclear fuel. Microbial studies have been done for almost three decades at Äspö HRL by national as well as international groups.
Recently the Full-scale Engineered Barrier Experiment (FEBEX), which is intended among other things to provide greater knowledge of different processes in clay buffers, was dismantled. The purpose with the FEBEX was to increase the knowledge about the near-field of a repository for high-level radioactive waste.
The Microbiology In Nuclear waste Disposal (MIND) programme is a unique multidisciplinary project which brings together a broad range of leading research institutions and stakeholders in the field of radioactive waste disposal to address the Euratom 2014-2015 Work Programme topic NFRP 6 – 2014: Supporting the implementation of the first-of-the-kind geological repositories. The aim with […]