DD is the only company doing decommissioning work in Denmark and
is also the only company receiving radioactive waste from
industry and hospitals in Denmark.
Therefore, we naturally seek inspiration and exchange of
knowledge with colleagues abroad and send our staff abroad to
receive training when special skills are needed.
More than half a century has passed since Denmark
commissioned it's first research reactor. The same applies for many
other countries which started up research into the field of
nuclear technology during the 1950s and 60s. This means a growing
number of reactors are due to be decommissioned within af
foreseeable future. In 2003 IAEA estimated that more than 100
reactors were either closed or under decommissioning.
When DD was established in 2003
we visited countries already experienced
in decommissioning: Germany, Switzerland and the UK,
which on their part had picked up experience from Sweden
and USA. DD still consults an international panel of
experts to validate methods and projects.
The closest international contact is with countries
decommissioning reactors of the same type as our own DR 3 research
reactor. The DIDO group is a network of engineers working
with research reactors of the PLUTO or DIDO type.
These types are present in Australia, England and Germany. The
DIDO group meet annually to consult each other and
exchange knowledge particular to these reactors.
DD staff also participates in and contributes to international
conferences and workshops in the field of health physics (radiation
protection), waste management and decommissioning. In
addition, DD experts participate in international expert
committees, network groups and working groups on decommissioning,
radiation protection and radioactive waste.