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European Decommissioning Academy
3rd June 2019 - 15th June 2019
According to analyses presented at an EC meeting, about 1000 new experts for decommissioning will be needed in Europe up to 2025, which means about 35 per year.
Actually, nuclear decommissioning is an industrial reality. Out of more than 560 nuclear power plants that have been built worldwide, 130 reactors are permanently shut down and next large number of various types of research facilities have also become obsolete and are shut down.
Today, only about 10% of all shut down plants have been fully decommissioned, the rest being at different stages of “safely enclosed”, “dismantling” and “decommissioning”. This growing decommissioning market creates a potential for new activities, with highly skilled jobs in an innovative field. A clear global positioning of the European Union is beneficial and will stimulate export of know-how to other countries, especially those having a large nuclear programme, and promote highest safety levels.
Having in mind the actual EHRO-N reports from 2017 focused on operation of nuclear facilities and an assumption that the ratio between nuclear experts, nuclearized and nuclear aware people is comparable also for decommissioning, as well as the fact that the special study branch for decommissioning in the European countries almost does not exist, this European Decommissioning Academy (EDA) could be helpful in the overbridging this gap.