Abstract

Belgium started its nuclear programme quite early. The first installations were constructed in the fifties, and presently, more than 55% of the Belgian electricity production is provided by nuclear power plants. After 30 years of nuclear experience, Belgium started the decommissioning of nuclear facilities in the eighties with two main projects: the BR3-PWR plant and the Eurochemic reprocessing plant. The BR3-decommissioning project is carried out at the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre, while the decommissioning of the former Eurochemic reprocessing plant is managed and operated by Belgoprocess n.v., which is also operating the centralised waste treatment facilities and the interim storage for Belgian radioactive waste.

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