Transport 2020

The first six of the total of 20 casks with vitrified waste from the reprocessing of German fuel elements at Sellafield, which are still to be returned, were scheduled to be shipped to Germany in spring 2020. The destination of this first transport is the federal interim storage facility in Biblis. Due to the Corona pandemic this transport had to be suspended. The new date window for the repatriation transport is the last quarter of 2020.

After the ship passage from England, the casks will be trasnsferred onto dedicated railway wagons in a German seaport. The train with the six wagons will then travel directly to Biblis, where it can shunt to the immediate vicinity of the interim storage building via the siding belonging to the interim storage operator BGZ. There, the casks will be unloaded and brought to the interim storage building. The cranes and vehicles used for this purpose have already proven themselves many times over in the course of handling empty and loaded fuel element containers at the site.

In the interim storage facility, the casks are temporarily parked in the storage area using the indoor crane. From there, each cask is taken individually to the maintenance area of the interim storage facility, where it is prepared for interim storage. Among other things, the secondary cover including the pressure switch required for leakage monitoring is installed. Finally, the casks are placed in the storage area with the indoor crane and connected to the monitoring system.