Radioactive Waste Management in Belgium : Focus on the Surface Disposal Project in Dessel

The presentation covers three main topics related to the Radioactive Waste Management in Belgium:

  1. Introduction to ONDRAF/NIRAS, which is responsible for the safe radioactive waste management in Belgium
  2. Generic overview of the Radioactive Waste Management in Belgium
  3. Focus on the surface disposal of low and medium-level short-lived waste which is being built in Dessel. Two main aspects are discussed:
    • The Key Success Factor : Building local partnership
    • The Technical challenges of the project


18:30: Introduction
18:35: Presentation by Didier Leonard
19:25: Q&A
19:45: Drink


Oct 26, 2023


6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


University fondation
Rue d’Egmont 11, 1000 Bruxelles


  • Didier Leonard
    Didier Leonard

    Didier Leonard is a civil engineer. His background is construction and nuclear engineering. Didier has worked for more than 20 years in the nuclear industry, first for Tractebel (Engie group) and then as senior project manager at the Belgian agency for radioactive waste and enriched fissile materials (ONDRAF/NIRAS) in the R&D Department where he was in charge of the geological disposal facility design and cost assessment. Didier is since 2022, the Head of the Radioactive Waste Techno-Economic Assessment and Forecast Department of ONDRAF/NIRAS.

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