SKB has asked Inspecta to monitor the quality and production of their new shipping containers

SKB (Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company) is investing in new transport containers for radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel. There are stringent requirements for shipping containers for such waste. SKB has asked Inspecta to monitor quality, manufacturing, and construction of these new transport containers.

Transportation of spent fuel and radioactive waste requires strict security and safety measures. SKB is now replacing its nearly 30-year-old containers with new ones to meet modern requirements and to increase capacity. The investment is part of SKB's renewal of their transport system. The old system, Sigyn, has recently been replaced with the state-of-the-art Sigrid, which will now transport radioactive waste and spent fuel from nuclear power plants to SKB's facilities, SFR in Forsmark and CLAB in Oskarshamn.

The U.S. company, Holtec International, has been commissioned to design and construct the new transport containers.

Sketch of existing shipping containers. Illustration: SKB
Sketch of existing shipping containers. Illustration: SKB

 

Focus on quality during radioactive waste transportation

Containers should effectively protect the environment from radiation. The requirement specification is very broad with a strong focus put on quality issues. That requires great expertise in nuclear issues, lifting regulations and welding. SKB wants Inspecta to monitor quality, manufacturing, and carry out construction inspections of the new transport containers.

Inspecta has overall responsibility for quality control for this transportation project. It will require a variety of professional skills and Inspecta staff, from experts in lifting, construction, specialists in the core technical requirements for mechanical equipment and welding. Lars Emilsson will be the Mission Leader QA / QC from Inspecta and coordinate the work.

The project will run until 2020 and we are taking responsibility for quality control throughout the project’s life, says Lars Emilsson, from Inspecta.

In order to continuously perform production control at Holtec’s facilities in the United States, Inspecta has engaged their U.S. partner and subcontractor, ARISE. The responsible supervisory body, The Radiation Safety Authority, will carry out final certification.

Existing shipping containers being processed at CLAB. Photo: SKB

Existing shipping containers being processed at CLAB. Photo: SKB

For more information, please contact Mikael Kuokkanen, +46 8 5011 3041.

Page created: 31 Jan 2014