Jacobs wins major Czech nuclear contracts

By Mike Hayes15 November 2021

US engineering firm gets the green light to tackle two long-term nuclear waste projects

Visualisation of the potential layout of the deep geological repository. Image courtesy SÚRAO

Jacobs has been selected by two Czech Republic authorities, to undertake projects incorporating radioactive waste management.

The country’s national utility, ČEZ, has commissioned the US-headquartered engineering firm to treat and solidify 250 million tonnes of radioactive sludge, before transporting it in drums to a long-term storage facility.

The project is set to run for approximately five years.

Meanwhile, the company has been awarded a contract by the Czech government’s technical organisation, SÚRAO, to undertake safety assessments on four sites shortlisted for use as a new underground storage facility for radioactive wate.

When constructed, the deep geological repository will be a sophisticated technological storage facility, located approximately 500m below ground level, in a suitably located mass of crystalline rock.

Jacobs will offer comprehensive technical advice on the shortlisted sites, with construction set to commence in 2050 and completion scheduled for 2065.

Jacobs’ senior VP of Energy, Security and Technology, Karen Wiemelt, said, “Our previous experience was key to winning these two contracts, which strengthen our position in important radioactive waste management programs in the Czech Republic.

“These contracts not only support the Czech government’s vision for the future of the country, but also help create a more sustainable and safer world.”

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