Over the coming years, the United Kingdom will be returning high-level waste (HLW) in the form of vitrified residues to Germany. There will be three shipments, for a total of 20 flasks containing 28 canisters each, to Federal storage facilities in Biblis, Brokdorf and Isar. The first shipment of six flasks to Biblis was postponed in spring due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In agreement with the relevant Competent Authorities, preparations are now under way to perform this shipment by the end of 2020.

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.

Pacific Grebe has retained its classification as a specialist INF3 vessel following a recent inspection by the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency. The INF Code was established by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) of the United Nations and regulates shipments by sea of packaged irradiated nuclear fuel, plutonium and high level radioactive wastes. The Code defines classes of vessels based on the aggregate level of radioactivity that a ship is permitted to transport.

The repatriation transport of vitrified radioactive waste from the reprocessing plant in Sellafield/UK to the interim storage facility in Biblis, scheduled for this spring, is suspended. As the German police authorities responsible for escorting and executing the transport have stated, the police operation is currently not responsible in view of the current "corona spread" and therefore cannot be carried out in spring as planned.

Over the coming years the United Kingdom will be returning highly active waste (HAW) in the form of vitrified residues to Germany. There will be a total of three shipments to storage facilities in Biblis, Brokdorf and Isar. The first shipment, to Biblis, is scheduled for the first half of 2020.

In spring 2020, GNS Gesellschaft für Nuklear-Service mbH plans on behalf of the German nuclear power plant operators the first of three obligatory return transports with radioactive residues from the reprocessing of German fuel elements at Sellafield in England. The Federal Office for the Safety of Nuclear Waste Management (BASE) today issued the required transport licence for the transport to the federally owned interim storage facility in Biblis in accordance with § 4 AtG (German Atomic Energy Act).