This text is older than 8 years old and could contain inactive information.

This is what the underground Finnish final repository will look like. Illustration: Posiva Oy.

Swedish method gains approval in Finland

Finland is to be the first country in the world to begin construction of a final repository for spent nuclear fuel and will do so using the method developed by SKB over many years. After a positive recommendation earlier this year from the Finnish radiation safety authority STUK, the Finnish government have now also approved the application submitted by Posiva, SKB’s Finnish counterpart, to construct a final repository.

vd_200px[1]

SKB’s president Christopher Eckerberg. Photo: Lasse Modin.

“This is important recognition that SKB’s method for the final repository for spent nuclear fuel has now gained approval in another country. We are just as happy as Posiva over the positive decision they have received today,” is the comment made by Christopher Eckerberg, president of SKB, about the Finnish decision.

The decision that has now been made is a historic one, as Finland will be the first country in the world to begin building a final repository for spent nuclear fuel.

Long-standing partnership

The partnership between SKB and Posiva on research and development was started at the end of the 1970s and intensified in the early years of this century.
“We are looking forward to further intensification of the long and constructive partnership between SKB and Posiva, for instance in developing technology,” Christopher Eckerberg says.

The Finnish ONKALO final repository is to be constructed at Olkiluoto on the west coast of Finland. This is also the site of two of Finland’s four nuclear power reactors.

Japan, South Korea, the UK and, most recently, Taiwan are other countries that are interested in sharing SKB’s expertise about final repositories and cooperation in this field.

“Our method has been successful and we are exporting our expertise to other countries,” says Christopher Eckerberg.

links

News

High level of confidence and continued strong support for SKB’s facilities
Confidence in SKB is high and support for future final repositories remains strong. This is shown by Novus’ annual opinion survey in the municipalities of Oskarshamn and Östhammar. In spring 2024, SKB commissioned the research company Novus to conduct opinion surveys in the two municipalities where …

Published: 14 June 2024

Green light for SKB’s research programme
The Government has approved SKB’s latest programme for research, development and demonstration, RD&D 2022. Every three years, SKB presents a comprehensive research programme for the management and disposal of radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel. The latest version was submitted to the Swedi…

Published: 10 January 2024

SKB signs collaboration agreement with Skanska for expansion of SFR
Illustration of the SFR showing the existing underground facility in white and the expansion in blue. SKB has signed a collaboration agreement with Skanska for expanding the existing final repository for short-lived radioactive waste (SFR) in Forsmark. The project involves the planning and construct…

Published: 21 August 2023

Stefan Engdahl new CEO of SKB
Stefan Engdahl has been appointed new CEO of SKB, the Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company. He joins the company from the Swedish Transport Administration, where he is currently Executive Director Market and Planning.

Published: 18 August 2023

Record level of support for final repository
Support for final repositories in Östhammar and Oskarshamn is stronger than ever. No fewer than 86% of residents in those municipalities support SKB’s plans to build a final repository for spent nuclear fuel in Forsmark and an encapsulation plant in Oskarshamn.

Published: 8 May 2023

Published: 20 November 2015