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Contact Expert Group

The Contact Expert Group for Nuclear Legacy Initiatives in the Russian Federation (CEG) worked under IAEA auspices between 1996 and 2015.

Goals of the CEG were:

  • to promote co-operation between all countries and international organizations interested in contributing to projects aimed at enhancing the safety of spent fuel and radioactive waste management in the Russian Federation;
  • to provide a forum (workshops and plenary meetings) for discussion and exchange of information with the view of identifying main priorities and presenting recommendations on specific projects for further cooperation;
  • to avoid redundancy and duplication in project work in the Russian Federation and assure that priorities are properly addressed and made known to the international community;
  • to provide points of contact to facilitate co-operation.

Activities of CEG Members

  • Safe and secure management of the legacy spent nuclear fuel from nuclear powered submarines and surface ships, and its removal from former navy bases for reprocessing.
  • Safe management of radioactive waste resulted from operation of the Russian navy, including storage of radioactive waste and its disposal.
  • Defuelling and dismantlement of decommissioned nuclear powered submarines, surface ships and technical support ships, including their safe transportation and storage of reactor compartments.
  • Retrieval of all radioactive thermo-electrical generators from the Russian coast, removal of radioactive heat sources and their storage.
  • Remediation of contaminated areas and facilities of the former navy bases.

Achievements of CEG members by 2015:

The efforts of CEG members were one of the most successful examples of joint multinational cooperation in the elimination of nuclear legacy. The overall cost of joint efforts has exceeded $3bn. In 1996-2015 CEG member states have demonstrated the following achievements:

  • Joint projects for dismantlement of decommissioned nuclear submarines have been completed (196 submarines defueled and dismantled).
  • Two storage facilities for submarine reactor units in North-West and Far East Russia have been built. Over 70 reactor units have been placed for storage.
  • A regional centre for Legacy RW conditioning and interim storage has been built in North-West Russia.
  • The recovery of powerful radioisotope thermoelectric generators (over 1000) have now been completed.
  • New infrastructure for management of RW and SNF has been created (but some projects are to be completed in 2016 and 2017).

For more information see newsletters, documents and proceedings, and database.

CEG members and observers:

  • Belgium 1996-2012
  • Canada 2003-2012
  • Finland 1996-2015
  • France 1996-2012
  • Germany 1996-2015
  • Italy 2003-2015
  • Japan 1996-2015
  • Netherlands 1996-2013
  • Norway 1996-2015
  • Russia 1996-2014
  • Sweden 1996-2015
  • UK 1996-2013
  • USA 1996-2015
  • EC 1996-2014
  • EBED 1996-2015
Read more on the activities of the CEG in the newsletters

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