The Äspö Hard Rock Laboratory (HRL) is a unique research facility for geological disposal. We perform a series of experiments at a depth of 500 metres together with Swedish and international experts.
The laboratory is not just used by researchers for field experiments. A final rehearsal for the construction of the final repository for spent nuclear fuel – Spent Fuel Repository – is also being staged here. In many ways these facilities resemble the final repository. Practically everything is in place: The tunnels, the disposal holes, the canisters, the clay and the machinery. But there is one important difference between the facilities – there is no spent nuclear fuel here.
Visit Äspö HRL
The Äspö HRL is open to the public. There is an exhibition here and we arrange guided tours down into a tunnel. Year 2011 we had about 6,500 visitors av the Äspö HRL. Take this opportunity to book a visit too.