Plasma plant opens at Kozloduy nuclear power plant in Bulgaria

By Axel  Reiserer

New technology offers breakthrough in decommissioning of radioactive waste.

A new plasma melting plant opening at the Kozloduy nuclear power plant in Bulgaria is a breakthrough in the treatment and disposal of radioactive waste.

A new method is helping to dramatically reduce the volume of waste. Metal and debris is melted to plasma. This end product has a much lower radiation level, which means it meets strict guidelines for storage or final disposal.

The facility has a capacity of 250 tonnes per year. It will treat waste from reactors 1 to 4, which are being decommissioned by the EBRD-managed Kozloduy International Decommissioning Support Fund (KIDSF), and reactor 5 and 6, which remain in operation.

To date, donors have supported the KIDSF with more than €900 million.

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