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Dallas, US, 05 Jan. 2023, 10:00 CEST
Jacobs to Plan Dismantling of Soviet-era Nuclear Reactors

Project in Lithuania could offer important lessons for U.K. power station cleanup

Jacobs to Plan Dismantling of Soviet-era Nuclear Reactors; Photo Credit: EPA PHOTO/norden.org img#1
Jacobs to Plan Dismantling of Soviet-era Nuclear Reactors; Photo Credit: EPA PHOTO/norden.org

Jacobs to Plan Dismantling of Soviet-era Nuclear Reactors

A consortium comprising Westinghouse Electric Spain, Jacobs (NYSE:J) and the Lithuanian Energy Institute was selected to plan dismantling and waste management at the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant (INPP) in Lithuania.

Soviet-designed Ignalina could be the first graphite-moderated reactor plant to be dismantled, making it an important test bed for methodologies that could be used to decommission the U.K.'s Magnox and advanced gas-cooled reactors, which also have graphite cores.

"This project, on top of the recently announced contract with Norsk Nukleær Dekommisjonering, has advanced Jacobs' strategy to grow our decommissioning and regeneration solutions business in continental Europe," said Jacobs Energy, Security & Technology Senior Vice President Karen Wiemelt. "Our teams based in the U.K., France and Slovakia are applying decommissioning skills acquired through work on some of the world's most complex and challenging nuclear sites including Sellafield and Fukushima."

In 2002, the Lithuanian government decided to shut down Ignalina NPP, which supplied up to 88% of the country's electricity. Over the next 19 years, Jacobs formed part of the project management unit for a set of purpose-built facilities needed to decommission the plant, as part of a program led by the Ignalina International Decommissioning Support Fund and financed through the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

At Jacobs, we're challenging today to reinvent tomorrow by solving the world's most critical problems for thriving cities, resilient environments, mission-critical outcomes, operational advancement, scientific discovery and cutting-edge manufacturing, turning abstract ideas into realities that transform the world for good. With approximately $15 billion in annual revenue and a talent force of approximately 60,000, Jacobs provides a full spectrum of professional services including consulting, technical, scientific and project delivery for the government and private sector. Visit jacobs.com and connect with Jacobs on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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