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KYT2018, the national research programme on nuclear waste management

KYT2018, the national research programme on nuclear waste management

11 Apr 2017 17:15

A seminar held at Finlandia Hall on 7 April 2017 examined the achievements of the national research programme on nuclear waste management and discussed how the programme could best support the safe use of nuclear energy in Finland. The Finnish Research Programme on Nuclear Waste Management (KYT 2018) started at the beginning of 2015 and has now reached its midpoint.

The KYT2018 programme was launched by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment. The primary purpose of the projects included in the programme is to maintain and further develop Finnish expertise in nuclear waste management. The Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) is represented on the management board of the programme and in its research area steering groups. The programme is coordinated by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.

Jarkko Kyllönen, Senior Inspector at STUK and chairman of the management board, emphasises the significance of the research programme. According to Kyllönen, in addition to expertise in nuclear waste management, the programme involves research independent of licensees that can be used to evaluate the long-term safety of the final disposal of nuclear waste in particular.

More information and experts from KYT2018

The KYT2018 programme and earlier publicly funded research programmes are also significant in terms of education and training for nuclear power companies, or licensees, in addition to research institutes and the authorities. STUK and nuclear power companies employ many people who have built their expertise in the use and control of nuclear energy while participating in publicly funded research programmes. “It is important that we are able to maintain and further develop expertise and research related to the nuclear waste management sector at the national level,” says Kyllönen.

The KYT2018 research programme particularly focuses on research aiming to ensure that the authorities have access to sufficient and comprehensive nuclear technology expertise with regard to the implementations and methods of nuclear waste management. The programme consists of three topic areas: nuclear waste management technologies, the long-term safety of nuclear waste management, and social research. Since 2016, the programme has also financially contributed to the implementation of the VTT Centre for Nuclear Safety (CNS). In addition to nuclear safety, the CNS promotes national nuclear waste research.

The topic areas of the research programme are targeted at the key topics of nuclear waste management in Finland, particularly the final disposal of used nuclear fuel. The project concerning the final disposal of used nuclear fuel has progressed in line with the schedule determined by the Finnish Council of State in 1983, and it continues to attract international interest.

In 2015–2016, investment in research and infrastructure within the KYT2018 programme from the state nuclear waste management fund totalled around EUR 4.87 million. During that time, the research institutes participating in the programme invested around EUR 1.7 million in the programme from their own funds.

The interim seminar of the KYT2018 research programme was held at Finlandia Hall in Helsinki, Finland, on 7 April 2017. Around 100 experts and researchers in the field of nuclear waste management attended the event. The seminar showcased the main achievements and scientific results of the programme.


More information:

Senior Inspector Jarkko Kyllönen, STUK,, tel. +358 9 759 88 728
Senior Specialist Linda Kumpula, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, tel. +358 29 506 0125
Coordinator of the KYT2018 Programme Kari Rasilainen, VTT, tel. +358 40 503 5246


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