ENGIE Electrabel - NPP Tihange

Campaign for sorting and compacting solid radioactive waste

Project scope

In view of its expertise in remote handling, Tecnubel was requested to execute a campaign relating to re-sorting and compacting of solid radioactive waste. This waste was a medium-level activity, with radiation levels of 2mSv/u and more.

This campaign was executed using a master-slave robot installation. In this manner, we could protect our employees from radiation doses and could coordinate activities from a control room outside the controlled zone. The waste was rearranged and sorted in order to enable its compaction by a 100-tonne press installation.

The result of this project was impressive - we achieved a volume reduction of 50%!

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