Preparations resumed for repatriation transport from Sellafield to Biblis


The preparations for the repatriation transport of vitrified radioactive waste from the reprocessing plant in Sellafield/UK to the Federal interim storage facility in Biblis, which was suspended in spring due to the beginning COVID 19 situation, have been resumed. Today, the German Federal Office for the Safety of Nuclear Waste Management (BASE) issued the amendment of the transport licence in accordance with § 4 AtG (German Atomic Energy Act) which was implemented as part of the postponement of the transport. After consultation between the Ministries of the Interior and the police authorities responsible for escorting the transport, the transport can thus be carried out this year.

In order to realise the planned repatriation transport also under the conditions of the COVID 19 pandemic, the participating companies and institutions have developed comprehensive precautionary concepts and hygiene rules for all phases of the transport. These are comparable with the many measures that are now effectively applied in several other areas of industry and logistics on a daily basis. At the same time, the safety of the transport of the radioactive waste is not affected in any way. The health of all those involved and of the population along the transport route will continue to have top priority.

The transport is scheduled from the reprocessing plant in Sellafield via English and German seaports to the interim storage facility in Biblis, which is owned and operated by the Federal BGZ Gesellschaft für Zwischenlagerung mbH. It comprises six CASTOR® HAW28M casks specially designed for this purpose containing vitrified radioactive residues from the reprocessing of German fuel elements. The transport is carried out on behalf of the German nuclear power plant operators.

GNS Gesellschaft für Nuklear-Service mbH
Michael Köbl
Frohnhauser Straße 67 - 45127 Essen
Phone: +49 (0)201 109-1444