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Lithuania's Ignalina N-plant to issue new call for tenders for repository contract

BC, Vilnius, 10.07.2020.Print version
Lithuania's Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant (INPP), which was shut down a decade ago and is now being decommissioned, last week rejected all three bids submitted by potential contractors in a tender process for the construction of a 100-million-euro near surface repository for low and intermediate level short-lived radioactive waste, known as the B25-2 project, reported LETA/BNS.

The bids had been rejected due to excessive prices, the INPP said in a press release adding that it would issue a new call for tenders in the near time.

The INPP first invited bids for the repository construction contract in March 2019. However, it cancelled the procedure in August on orders from the Public Procurement Office, or VPT.

The INPP then explained that the terms and conditions had been amended during the course of the tender process, which could have had an effect on suppliers' bids. Meanwhile, VPT requires to cancel a public procurement procedure and to issue a new call for tenders whenever there are material changes to the terms and conditions.

The call for tenders was issued repeatedly in March 2020.

The winning bidder will have to build by 2023-2024 two groups of reinforced concrete vaults for a final disposal of up to 70,000 cubic meters of processed, packed in concrete containers and cemented radioactive waste. The disposal of radioactive waste in the repository will continue until 2038, when the INPP decommissioning is expected to be completed.

The near surface repository has been designed by a consortium led by Specialus Montazas-NTP under a contract worth 10.5 mln euros.

The B25-2 project is being financed by the Ignalina program of the European Union.

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