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NEA-METI International Workshop on Joint Utilization of Underground Research Laboratories for Research and Development Projects Held
November 24, 2022
From November 1 to 3, the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy and the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) held the International Workshop on Joint Utilization of Underground Research Laboratories for Research and Development of Geological Repositories. In the workshop, the direction of international cooperation related to research and development utilizing underground research laboratories was discussed through presentations of the current situation of research and development in each country, a site visit to the Horonobe Underground Research Center, and panel discussions.
1. Outline of the event
[Participating organizations from other countries]
*2. Korea Radioactive Waste Agency
*3. British Geological Survey
*4. United States Department of Energy
2. Details of the discussions
The workshop was held as a forum for discussions for specifying efforts to strengthen the international cooperation through R&D as proposed in the report by the International Roundtable on the Final Disposal of High-Level Radioactive Waste and Spent Fuel*5.
The three-day workshop included a tour of the Horonobe Underground Research Center with an overview of its planned joint international research projects and an exchange of information on research related to potential international cooperation. There were also panel and group discussions on the ideal conditions for countries in the initial stage of R&D of geological repositories, and cooperation systems between developing countries that are utilizing underground research laboratories. In addition, the participants reemphasized the importance of building partnership for international cooperation utilizing underground research laboratories and other facilities in each country.
The OECD NEA will incorporate the results of discussions in its revision of the report, “Underground Research Laboratories ”*6 released in 2013.
- *5. Report Compiled by International Roundtable on the Final Disposal of High-Level Radioactive Waste and Spent Fuel Released (August 21, 2020)
- *6. OECD NEA Underground Research Laboratories (URL) report
Division in Charge
Radioactive Waste Management Policy Division, Electricity Infrastructure Division, Electricity and Gas Industry Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy