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The Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management invests in Ides’ software Master concept
The Swedish Nuclear Fuel & Waste Management Co. (SKB) expands the business for plant management and invests in Ides’ software Master concept (DPR) in order to secure plant data in both ongoing and future projects concerning Clab in Oskarshamn (Central interim storage facility for spent nuclear fuel).
– From an international point of view, this contract is very prestigious and it is also a result of Ides’ focus and commitment to the energy sector. Our strong belief is that companies that invest in a modern DPR system with a design, redesign and maintenance approach gain a substantial higher degree of efficiency and thereby lower plant costs, says Stig Hellholm, Vice President R&D of Ides AB.
– The total fuel management extends over a time period of more than 100 000 years. We are obviously very proud to be involved in the design and maintenance of Clab. With this contract 100 % of Sweden’s nuclear power plants and storage facilities use Master concept, says Lars Geidne, CEO of Ides AB.
– When we at SKB implement a new technical system that will support us in our business, it is necessary with strategic partners. It is very important that our partners both have extensive experience in the industry and can give us a secure supply capacity and long-term cooperation. In our opinion, Ides AB is such partner, says Robert Lindh, commercial manager at SKB.
About The Swedish Nuclear Fuel & Waste Management Co.
SKB is owned by the Swedish nuclear power companies which by law are required to both take care of the Swedish nuclear waste and ensure appropriate funding.
SKB has a mandate to take care of the spent fuel and radioactive waste from the Swedish nuclear power plants in a manner that protects both human health and the environment in the short and long term. The spent fuel is only a small part of the total amount of waste that SKB handles.
Also protective clothing, demolition waste, replacement of reactor components and waste from medical care, research and industry are examples of radioactive waste that must be taken care of. The degree of radioactivity determines in which way the waste must be handled.
In Clab (Central interim storage facility for spent nuclear fuel) outside Oskarshamn, the spent fuel is stored for about 30-40 years, pending final disposal. With maintained high quality on operation and maintenance Clab can be in operation in a safe way for 100 years or more. But since the fuel must be isolated from humans and the environment for at least 100 000 years, finally it must be placed in storage that is safe even without supervision. SKB is planning to build the repository in either Forsmark or Oskarshamn.