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Belgoprocess

Gravenstraat 73 / B-2480 Dessel / Belgium
Phone: +32 14 33 41 11
Fax.: +32 14 33 40 99
E-Mail: info@belgoprocess.be

History and milestones

What came before…

The history of Belgoprocess is intertwined with that of Eurochemic, an experimental reprocessing plant that was founded in Dessel in 1957 by an international consortium. Its mission was twofold: the recycling of spent nuclear fuel and conducting scientific research into new reprocessing methods.

When the international consortium was stopped in the late 70s, the Belgian government concluded an agreement in principle for the takeover of Eurochemic.

The 80s – Foundation and reorganization

Belgoprocess was founded in 1984 as a subsidiary of Synatom (responsible for managing the nuclear fuel cycle of the Belgian nuclear power plants) for the continuation of the reprocessing activities including dismantling of the installations after operations had ceased.

In 1986, the government decided to stop all reprocessing activities in Belgium. Belgoprocess is transferred to NIRAS, the National Institute for Radioactive Waste and Enriched Fissile Materials. NIRAS is entrusted by law (8/8/1980) and by royal decree (30/3/1981) with the management of radioactive waste generated on Belgian territory. As a subsidiary of NIRAS, Belgoprocess is commissioned by NIRAS to safely process and temporarily store this radioactive waste. In 1989 the waste department of the Belgian Nuclear Research Center (SCK•CEN) was also transferred to Belgoprocess.

The 90s – Successful industrial operator

In the 90s, Belgoprocess successfully operates its two sites – site 1 (former Eurochemic site) and site 2 (former SCK•CEN waste department) – responsible for safely treating and conditioning radioactive waste and for dismantling obsolete nuclear installations.

Today – International application of expertise

Today, Belgoprocess is actively working at applying its operational expertise internationally. This has lead to the establishment of various joint ventures and consortia and to a number of international contracts, ranging from treating foreign waste on site, to decommissioning off-site obsolete nuclear facilities, and to implementing plasma thermal technology.

Belgoprocess is recognized internationally for its expertise. A number of its expert engineers are active members of various working groups of the European Community, the OECD and the IAEA determining the rules of radioactive waste management for the future and for setting standards for clearance and recycling of radioactive waste.

Milestones

1984 Foundation Belgoprocess
1985 Belgoprocess takes over Eurochemic
PAMELA vitrification installation operational
1986 Transfer of Belgoprocess shares to NIRAS
1987 Start of the decommissionnig studies Eurochemic
1989 Start decommissioning of pilot project Eurochemic
Take over of SCK•CEN waste department
Start treating low-level waste
1990 Start decommissioning Eurochemic
1991 Start decontamination of PAMELA
1993 Start treating sludge
1994 Supercompactor CILVA installation operational
1995 Partial decommissioning of PAMELA
CILVA incinerator operational
1999 Pyrolysis installation operational
2000 First return shipment of vitrified waste
2003 ATAL-Belgoprocess joint venture founded: contract for design, construction and operation of storage building for low-level waste in Hong Kong
2004 Start operation of building 280X for treating legacy medium-level waste
2007 Start operation of PAMELA for treating a-contaminated waste
2008 Start demolition of Eurochemic
2009 Contract for plasma installation in Kozloduy nuclear power plant in Bulgaria
Contract for decommissioning of Belgonucleaire MOX plant
Contract for incinerator for Zaporozhye nuclear power plant in Ukraine
2011 Contract for treating German low-level waste
2012 Contract for decommissioning Thetis research reactor
2014 Completion of decommissioning/demolition Eurochemic
Contract for treating Dutch nuclear waste signed
UF6 cylinder washing/recertification installations operational
Completion decommissioning Belgonucleaire MOX plant

Safety, a priority

Sustainable operations are only possible if every activity is conducted and completed safely by all the parties concerned.
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Eurochemic

Eurochemic website