Research reactor fuel elements
The TBL-A is envisaged as the storage facility for spent fuel elements originating from research reactors in German universities.
The licensing procedure for the interim storage of spent research reactor fuel elements from the “Forschungs-Neutronenquelle Heinz Maier-Leibnitz“ (FRM II) in CASTOR Type MTR 3 casks has therefore been underway since late 2014. The transport of these casks to Ahaus is currently scheduled to begin in 2019.
FRM II is a central scientific institution of the Technical University of Munich.
The work undertaken at the FRM II includes the manufacture of radiopharmaceutical products and the use of external beam radiation in fast neutron therapy for the treatment of cancerous tumours on the skin or near the surface of the body.
Background information about FRM II can be found at: www.frm2.tum.de
The operator of the BER II research reactor in Berlin, the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB), informed BGZ in summer 2018 that it wishes to place spent fuel elements from the BER II in interim storage in Ahaus. As BER II will be decommissioned in 2019, the plan is for a total of three casks of fuel elements to be taken to Ahaus. The fuel elements will be transported and stored in CASTOR MTR 3 casks. Storage in Ahaus is subject to authorisation by the Federal Office for the Safety of Nuclear Waste Management (BfE). The HZB does not plan to transport fuel elements to Ahaus before 2023.
The HZB has a contractual option for the interim storage of its fuel elements in Ahaus. The corresponding application was submitted in compliance with the Atomic Energy Act in 1995. As it was foreseeable that the HZB would not initially make use of a license issued, the application was provisionally suspended until 2004.
BGZ is now honouring its contractual obligations to the HZB by resuming the license procedure with the BfE.
More information, including about the research reactor in Berlin, is available on the HZB website.