On January 11th, this year, the State Enterprise Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant signed two contracts for the design services of reactor dismantling technologies with major companies in the global nuclear energy market: a consortium led by Westinghouse Electric Spain (a subsidiary of the US company Westinghouse Electric) consisting of Westinghouse Electric Spain SAU and Jacobs Slovakia s.r.o., and Lithuanian Energy Institute, as well as other consortium led by the French company Electricite de France, consisting of Electricite de France and Graphitech companies.
“I am delighted and honored to welcome you all to this ceremony. Signing these contracts is a huge and responsible step towards our final goal and implementation of our vision – to ensure that the future generations will not inherit the unreasonable burden of radioactive waste management. I firmly believe that this partnership with world-class companies will be beneficial to all parties as it will help us accumulate unique and invaluable experience which will take honorable place in the world history of nuclear energy and will remain relevant for many years to come. I look forward to our cooperation.” – said Audrius Kamienas, Director General of INPP.
In 2028, the physical dismantling of the reactor will start – an extraordinary work and an unprecedented project worldwide. The dismantling of the world’s two most powerful RBMK reactors is the first decommissioning project of its kind in the world.
Preliminary contracts with the contractors were signed on 28 December 2022.
The project is financed by the EU Ignalina Programme.