A cutting-edge engineering system to seal deep boreholes is being tested as part of Radioactive Waste Management’s (RWM) preparations for an underground disposal facility for UK radioactive waste. As part of a £5 million research project, scientists, engineers and geologists from RWM have worked with Jacobs – a leading engineering company – to research, design and build a state-of-the-art ‘Downhole Placement System’(DPS) that will be lowered from a 25-metre rig to seal boreholes at depth. Projects such as this bring to life one small part of the research and development (R&D) programme that will support construction of a safe, secure Geological Disposal Facility (GDF). A GDF could be safely developed in three different rock types; higher-strength, lower-strength sedimentary and evaporite rocks; the DPS has been designed to seal boreholes in any of these geological settings.
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The European Repository Development Organisation (ERDO) was launched yesterday by Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands, with other countries expected to join soon. It aims for member countries to work together to address the common challenges of safely managing long-lived radioactive wastes, including establishing shared multinational geological repositories.
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