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Äspö Hard Rock Laboratory

Much of the research on the final repository for spent nuclear fuel is being done at the Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company’s (SKB) underground hard rock laboratory on the island of Äspö. This is where we
test different technical solutions in a real environment
on a full-scale.

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.

Final rehearsal

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. Every year thousands of persons visit the facility. Take this opportunity to book a visit too.

Publicerad: 2006-08-09
Senast uppdaterad: 2014-04-02