Extension of Dutch Reprocessing. Upholding the Plutonium Industry on Dutch Society’s Expenses?
|Author||WISE Paris, X.Coeytaux, Y.Marignac|
|Classification||1.01.4.40/10 (WASTE - REPROCESSING, CONTRACTS & DISCUSSIONS)|
From the publication:
Extension of Dutch Reprocessing: Upholding the Plutonium Industry at Dutch Society’s Expenses? Xavier COEYTAUX - Research Associate Yves MARIGNAC - Director June 2004 Main Findings Main Findings and Conclusions (1) Dutch reprocessing: a Countercurrent Strategy From the early years, the Dutch nuclear utilities have participated in the development of the European plutonium industry. Major setbacks in its successive programs have not yet undermined the commitment of the Dutch nuclear industry to reprocessing. Nevertheless, the status of the Netherlands’ spent fuel and waste management strategy must be placed in the broader context of nuclear decline and reprocessing crisis in Europe. Altogether, the Dutch utilities have signed contracts for 383 t with the French operator of La Hague, COGEMA, covering roughly all the spent fuel unloaded from Borssele up to now, and 56 t with the British operator of Sellafield, BNFL, covering all the spent fuel unloaded from Dodewaard up to its shutdown in 1997 (in addition to 8.5 t of Dodewaard fuel reprocessed earlier in the Belgian plant of Dessel/Mol). These quantities represent the smallest foreign reprocessing contracts for commercial reactors fuel.