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Latvian ministry looking for money to finance construction of radioactive waste storage facility

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvia’s Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry continues looking for a way to reduce project costs in order to realize the construction of a radioactive waste storage facility, as confirmed by the ministry’s representative Anda Zaļepska.

She says that Latvia’s State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre announced a repeated tender for development and construction of an underground radioactive waste storage facility on 26 January 2018. The end term for submission of proposals was set for 27 February. However, following numerous questions from contenders regarding the justification behind the tender, the selection committee decided to extend the deadline until 12 March. Only one offer was received in the end.

According to Latvia’s State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre, the price of the submitted project still exceeds the available state funding.

«After going through documents the ministry asked the State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre to explain the costs detailed therein, as well as provide explanations regarding other solutions to help reduce overall costs,» said Zaļepska. The ministry continues reviewing the centre’s provided additional information and will soon submit proposals regarding possible solutions to the Cabinet of Ministers.

Construction of a radioactive waste storage facility is necessary to ensure safe storage of radioactive waste left from the dismantling of Salaspils nuclear reactor.

In 2014 and 2015, the government supported allocating state budget funding of EUR 3.16 million to improve radioactive waste storage management system in the next five years. EUR 1.86 of that amount is intended to finance the development of the construction project.

Two proposals were submitted when the tender for a new underground radioactive waste storage facility was first announced. Only one of those proposals fit the tender’s requirements, however. The project’s realization required funding was stated in the submitted proposal at EUR 8.21 million, which exceeds the available state funding. Because of that, the ministry decided to announce another tender.

The new radioactive waste storage facility is planned to be constructed on the territory of Radons waste storage facility located in Baldone County and built in 1962.

There are currently seven radioactive waste tanks there Six of them were built and filled between 1960 and 1990. The seventh tank was commissioned in 1995.

The ministry adds that there are types of radioactive waste located on the territory of Radons facility that cannot be stored in this facility due to their radiation level. This is why it is planned to build a new radioactive waste storage facility there.


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