Transparent and benchmarkable estimation of waste management costs in NPP decommissioning has been a challenge for a long period of time.
Last week we attended very informative IAEA's technical meeting on costing approaches for nuclear technology developers.
There are many situations during the plant lifecycle when the decommissioning cost estimate should be calculated and/or updated. We will try to list the most often and most suitable ones.
To achieve the highest level of public acceptance in decommissioning of nuclear plants one key element must be properly defined: the funding scheme.
Based on IAEA TECDOC-1476, there are three types of cost estimates defined by their level of accuracy.
Decommissioning planning, costing/funding, characterisation, safety assessment and waste management planning are the key mutually related issues in preparation of decommissioning.