The decommissioning of nuclear installations involves the removal of outdated components and machines. These are often contaminated with radioactivity and/or they are too large to be removed in one go. Of course, absolute safety must be guaranteed at all times when decommissioning an installation, to ensure there is no risk of radiation or radioactive contamination of people and the environment.
Obsolete parts or entire production lines also need to be dismantled at active nuclear sites. This is required to declassify them into a lower category, or to remove or replace components. Decommissioning often also involves a decontamination phase.
Tecnubel has extensive expertise in dismantling, cutting and demolition techniques. This means we can offer our customers an integrated decommissioning solution: from small, relatively simple components to entire production lines, circuits, and even buildings at a nuclear site.
Tecnubel has had remote handling techniques expertise in-house since our acquisition of the activities of a specialised German company in 2015. Our in-house specialists can also work in confined spaces or in highly radioactive locations with radio-controlled robots and master-slave installations.
In addition, Tecnubel has experience in highly specialised tasks (for example, the decommissioning of a plutonium facility) that we can use for other projects. Our case studies provide more details.