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Coordination Network on Decommissioning of Nuclear Installations: Unifying Decommissioning Network

The purpose of the CND project is to set up, develop and operate a network between organisations from the EU and candidate countries involved in decommissioning activities. It aims to encourage continuous improvement in the capability and effectiveness of national efforts in this area, which should lead to increased competitiveness and efficiency. The project will also cluster and coordinate projects initiated under earlier Framework Programmes (FPs) to maximise their value.

Compiling best practice

(© Colenco Power Engineering Ltd)
(© Colenco Power Engineering Ltd)
The CND project brings together manufacturers, users, universities, research centres, regulators and research infrastructures from the EU and Candidate Countries involved in decommissioning to take part in an exchange of scientific and technical information, and to facilitate the coordination of activities and transfer of knowledge. CND will make maximum use of tools developed in previous FPs, including the operational website of the Thematic Network on Decommissioning; the Database on Technical and Cost Aspects of Decommissioning; the EC website on decommissioning; and the information library developed for the Compendium on Decommissioning and Decontamination. The related software tools from these projects will be integrated on a single platform to ensure long-term continuity.

Challenging and optimising approaches to decommissioning

CND will identify generic problems in decommissioning and develop proposals for their solution. It will also support the establishment of consistent standards worldwide and will create working groups to address specific issues of general interest to participants who require in-depth and focused analyses. CND will provide focused material in order to challenge and optimise decommissioning strategies on a global basis, along with appropriate solutions that can be communicated to decision-makers based on scientific data, including new results from demonstration projects. The project will encourage and support close co-operation, and will develop informal links with international organisations like the International Atomic Energy Agency. It will advise the EC and those bodies involved in decommissioning, and will develop initiatives for the EC and CND participants on specific aspects of decommissioning.

Reports and on-line platforms The tangible results of CND will include an integrated online platform, providing a communication platform for CND members to share and manage information associated with CND, an information database for technical literature covering CND's areas of interest, an integrated on-line platform for the Database on Technical and Cost Aspects on Decommissioning, and a forum to enable public access to CND information.

CND will compile a quality-assured, peer-reviewed final report illustrating how the CND objectives were met, the results achieved and the conclusions of its activities. This study will cover aspects of practical decommissioning activities including: strategies, policies and funding, project management and planning, and cost aspects; materials management and characterisation techniques (including recycle and reuse of materials); site characterisation, remediation and reuse; institutional, legal and regulatory aspects, licensing and decommissioning plans, and radiological protection and industrial safety; environmental and socioeconomic aspects (including public perception); dismantling and decontamination techniques, dissemination of best practice, experience and know-how, and evaluation of training needs.

Spreading knowledge and sharing solutions

CND will assist in the exchange and consolidation of European knowledge and experience in decommissioning. The project will contribute to the development of the EU, creating close co-operation and providing support to the integration of the newly associated states within the EU. This will assist the nuclear industry and improve the efficiency of nuclear power production and its public acceptability. In particular, it will help to provide adequate waste management for decommissioning. The project will also ensure the protection of workers in the nuclear industry (especially in decommissioning) by improving and disseminating the knowledge of techniques and technologies in order to reduce dose commitments and other potential hazards during decommissioning. In parallel, it will ensure the protection of the environment through the dissemination of knowledge, relating to operational, surveillance and protection techniques. Finally, the network provides the option to share the results of best practice solutions that have been developed for decommissioning with other industrial sectors that have similar issues, for example the recycling industry.

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