The IAEA promotes Italy on dismantling plans of the Garigliano and Trino reactors

Vienna, 19th September 2018 – Last Monday, within the 62nd General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency- scheduled on 17th – 21st September -, a side event took place involving Sogin, the Italian State-owned company responsible for the decommissioning of nuclear power plants and radioactive waste management.
As the name of the event suggests, “Review of Sogin’s plans for dismantling of Garigliano and Trino reactor pressure vessels and internals”, it was the occasion to present the outcomes of the independent technical review carried out by the IAEA on Sogin decommissioning planning of the reactors of two nuclear power plants (NPPs), Garigliano and Trino. The event was attended, among others, by the Italian Permanent Representative to the International Organizations in Vienna, Ambassador Maria Assunta Accili, the IAEA Deputy Director General, Mikhail Chudakov, the Director of the IAEA Division of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Waste Technology, Cristophe Xerri, as well as by Sogin President, Marco Ricotti and Sogin CEO, Luca Desiata.
The Technical Review, performed within the framework of the Integrated Review Service for Radioactive Waste and Spent Nuclear Fuel Management, Decommissioning and Remediation Programs (ARTEMIS), was aimed at verifying strategies, technologies and safety measures for the removal of the reactor pressure vessels (RPVs) and internals (RVIs) of Garigliano and Trino NPPs. This Technical Review is the first of its kind that the ARTEMIS team performs on the dismantling projects of a nuclear reactor.
The IAEA report highlights good practices that the Company has already implemented and provides also a series of suggestions.
Sogin was identified as a company with qualified capacities in place that has taken a proactive approach to transfer the knowledge from experienced staff to younger generations. Decommissioning activities were planned by Sogin according to the highest international standards and in a systematic and prudent manner. In this regard, the IAEA finds that Sogin carried out safety assessments of the preparatory work for dismantling operations and effectively conducted an appropriate evaluation of technical approaches for dismantling and removing RPVs and RVIs.
The IAEA suggests to Sogin a greater use of 3D models for planning and execution of dismantling scenarios, a higher level of completeness of the radiological characterizations and an improvement of the tendering process in order to evaluate different technical solutions.
The contribution of IAEA 2017 and 2018 Peer Reviews confirm the excellent collaboration that for the second year was carried out between the Agency and Sogin.

Transparency Meeting - Basilicata Region

Potenza, 26/07/2018 - The Transparency Meeting on the decommissioning of the Itrec plant in Rotondella (Matera) was held today, convened and chaired by the Regional Councillor for the Environment, Francesco Pietrantuono. During the meeting, the Sogin management illustrated the dismantling and securing activities related to the Itrec plant.

Sogin Director, Prof. Fabiana Massa, appointed to the Board of Directors of Cassa Depositi e Prestiti

​On 24 July 2018, the shareholders' meeting of Cassa Depositi e Prestiti renewed the Board of Directors and identified its top management for the three-year period 2018 - 2020.
Among the directors appointed there is also Prof. Fabiana Massa Felsani, member of the Sogin Board of Directors. Massimo Tononi was appointed Chairman while Fabrizio Palermo was appointed Chief Executive Officer and Luigi Paganetto Deputy Chairman.
The other directors appointed are: Fabrizia Lapecorella, Valentino Grant, Francesco Floro Flores, Matteo Melley and Alessandra Ruzzu.

Carabinieri and Sogin renew the memorandum of understanding for the management of orphan radioactive sources

Rome, 19 July 2018. This morning the Commander of the Carabinieri Environmental Protection Section, Sergio Pascali, and the Chief Executive Officer of Sogin, Luca Desiata, signed the extension of the Memorandum of Understanding aimed at collaborating in the operations of recovery and securing orphan radioactive sources.
The Memorandum, with a three-year duration, has reached its second renewal. Specifically, it provides that, at the request of the competent authorities, the Carabinieri Environmental Protection Section is supported by Sogin to evaluate the best ways to manage orphan radioactive sources. The competent authority may also make recourse to Sogin to plan, coordinate and carry out the transport and securing of radioactive waste, including that deriving from the personal protective equipment used during joint operations.
“We are proud – said Luca Desiata, Chief Executive Officer of Sogin – of this renewed collaboration with the Environmental Protection Section of the Carabinieri, which has been in place for six years. It is a recognition of our professionalism and our daily commitment to ensure the safety of citizens and the protection of the environment in the sensitive sector of radioactive waste management”.
“We are particularly pleased – said Gen. B. Sergio Pascali, Commander of the Carabinieri Environmental Protection Section – to renew once again with Sogin, a company that has always been committed to environmental protection, the agreement for the safety of radioactive sources, for staff training and for agreeing guidelines aimed at planning the transport and safety of radioactive waste.”

EMAS registration renewed for the Trino plant

​The EMAS Italia Committee has approved the renewal of the registration and the issue of the new updated certificate of the Trino plant, based on the Environmental Declaration 2018 edition, which has undergone a restyling of the format and contents and updating of the data related to the environmental performance up to the end of 2017.
The Trino plant, with the Environmental Declaration validated in accordance with Regulation EC no. 1221/2009, as amended by Regulation EU no. 1505/2017, confirms the objective of increasing environmental performance with the best environmental management standard and providing an information tool addressed at all stakeholders.
The Environmental Declaration of the Trino plant - 2018 is attached

IAEA press release on technical review visit to Italy

Rome, 06/07/2018 - The IAEA press release on the conclusion of the visit to Italy of a technical team of the Agency that conducted a technical review of the dismantling projects of the vessels of the Garigliano and Trino plants was published on 5 July 2018. The team of experts from France, Germany, Russia and the United States, as well as from the Agency itself, found that Sogin has solid operational capabilities and identified a set of best practices, while providing some recommendations for further improvement of performance.

Caorso, first transport to Slovakia of radioactive resins and sludge

Caorso, 20 June 2018 – The first shipment of 168 drums containing radioactive resins and sludge from the Caorso (Piacenza) nuclear power plant to the Bohunice treatment and conditioning plant in Slovakia left this morning. In the next few days, a similar shipment will follow which, in this first phase, will allow the transfer of a total of 336 drums to perform the "hot" incineration and conditioning tests. Once the tests and the authorisation procedure have been completed, the remaining drums, approx. 5,600, currently stored in the temporary depots of the Piacenza site, will be sent for treatment in Slovakia.
The transfer will also allow the start of emptying of the temporary depots of the Caorso power plant and their upgrading in order to accommodate the radioactive waste that will be produced by the dismantling of the reactor building systems and components. The treatment in Slovakia of the resins and sludge of the Caorso power plant will allow conditioned waste packages to be returned to the site, ready to be then transferred to the National Repository, with a volume reduced by up to 90% compared to the initial figure. The transport of the drums, inside special containers placed on two road vehicles, took place in compliance with national and international legislation and under the control of the various Authorities responsible for ensuring utmost safety for the population and the environment. This is a first important milestone that will give a new impetus to the plant dismantling activities.

Sogin partner of the Scuola Sant’Anna of Pisa among the Highly Specialised Competence Centers

​The Center coordinated by the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa, of which Sogin is a partner, came fourth in the ranking of the ministerial call for proposals for the two-year period 2018 - 2019, to promote and implement applied research, technological transfer and training projects on advanced technologies, as part of the the Industry 4.0 Plan.  The participation of Sogin - in the context of nuclear decommissioning and radioactive waste management - has the objective of the development and implementation of innovation, industrial research and experimental development projects in Collaborative Robotics, Augmented Reality and Simulation.

Sogin among the 8 italian companies accredited for verification of its work projects of to be contracted

Rome, 13 June 2018 - Sogin has been accredited as a Type B Inspection Body for the verification of works projects to be contracted, without amount limits, in the context of nuclear decommissioning activities. The Company thus becomes one of the only eight Italian companies so far recognised as having the technical and organisational capability to adopt a specific autonomous, separate and identifiable internal structure delegated to carry out such inspection activity. The accreditation, according to the UNI CEI EN ISO/IEC 17020 standard, was conferred by ACCREDIA, the single national accreditation body, at the end of a structured process during which the organisational structure and the effectiveness of the management system of the Inspection Body, as well as the suitability of the professional skills and the methods of use of the corporate verification tools, were analysed and assessed. “This is a prestigious recognition - said the Chief Executive Officer of Sogin, Luca Desiata - of our professionalism, obtained by only a few other examples of Italian engineering excellence. It will allow us to further improve the quality of design, thanks to our technical and organisational capability, aimed at the implementation of strategic works to conclude the nuclear decommissioning”.

Delegation of Chinese technicians visits the Latina nuclear power plant

Latina, 4 June 2018. A delegation of Chinese technicians from China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) and Shanghai Electric Corporation (SEC) have visited the Latina nuclear power plant.
During the visit, the Sogin Plant Manager, Agostino Rivieccio, illustrated the decommissioning activities of the power plant. The delegation then visited, among other things, the LECO plant for the collection and conditioning of radioactive sludge, the construction site of the facility for cutting steam generators (boilers) and the temporary radioactive waste depot. An event during which the mutual experiences related to nuclear decommissioning and radioactive waste treatment were explored.

Sogin: Board of Directors approves the 2017 financial statements project

Revenues: EUR 186.9 million (+ €3.9 million compared to 2016)                                        + 2%
Decommissioning activities: EUR 63.2 million (+ €9.4 million compared to 2016)        + 17,5%
Sogin Group operating income: EUR 10.3 million (+€2.6 million compared to 2016)     + 34%
Sogin Group net income: EUR 7.8 million (+€ 3.6 million compared to 2016)                 + 86%
Contracts to third parties: EUR 20.8 million (+€14.5 million compared to 2016)         + 230%

Rome, May 31, 2018 – On 29 May Sogin Board of Directors, chaired by Sogin President Marco Ricotti, approved the financial statements project for 2017 presented by the CEO, Luca Desiata.

The 2017 Financial Year saw revenues (net of spent fuel management costs) of EUR 186.9 million (183 in 2016). In 2017, EUR 221.9 million must be added to this value for the management and reprocessing of spent fuel, which is a non structural budget item (11.5 million euros in 2016). 

The volume of business for decommissioning activities for 2017 amounts to EUR 63.2 million (53.8 in 2016). The second best economic result since the company has been founded.

For the first time in its history, the Group staff has been reduced from 1,268 employees in 2016 to 1,210 at 31 december 2017, for a total of 58 employees less (-5% compared to 2016). Group’s staff costs have decreased from EUR 92.8 million in 2016 to EUR 86.4 million in 2017 (-7%), net of retirement incentives.

Sogin achieved an operating profit (EBIT) of EUR 6 million (3.2 in 2016) while the net income has been of EUR 5.1 million (1.4 in 2016). Such variations are due to cost reduction activities that are not related to decommissioning work.

Sogin Group’s consolidated financial statements have reached a net income of EUR 7.8 million (4.2 in 2016). Group’s operating profit (EBIT) has been of EUR 10.3 million (7.7 in 2016).

In 2017 Sogin Group has tripled the value of third parties assets in Italy and abroad, increasing from EUR 6.3 in 2016 to 20.8 million in 2017 (+230%).

“In 2017 Sogin Group reported, for the first time in its history, a positive sign on all economic indicators, as well as a significative reduction of its staff and related costs– Sogin CEO, Luca Desiata, stated. In economic terms the Group has, at the same time, achieved the second best performance ever in decommissioning activities, while the contracts to third parties have been tripled compared to previous year. Moreover, the renegotiation of the agreement with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA – UK) will lead to a consistent reduction of both the volume of waste resulting from spent fuel reprocessing that must return to Italy, and a reduction, again for the first time, of the costs, related to the nuclear fuel management by 26 million euros”.

Sogin CEO - Press Conference - 2017 results and goals for 2018

Rome, 19th April 2018. In 2017 Sogin has achieved a strong rebound in decommissioning activities while implementing an internal process aimed at rationalising and reorganising its structure.

The volume of Sogin’s decommissioning activities amounted to EUR 63.2 million in 2017 (53.8 million in 2016), 13% higher than the average value of the 2010-2016 period. This has been the second best economic result since the Company was founded.

Sogin Group staff has been substantially reduced: 94 employees less than March 2016, when personnel reached its peak. At 31 December 2017 the staff employed by the Group was 1,210. Staff costs have decreased from EUR 92.1 million in 2016 to EUR 86.2 million in 2017 (-6,4%).

Sogin’s nuclear decommissioning program costs, related to the nuclear fuel management decreased, for the first time in Sogin’s history,by EUR 26 million thanks to the renegotiation of the agreement between Sogin and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA – UK).

In 2017 Sogin Group has tripled, compared to 2016, the value of third parties assets in Italy and abroad, increasing from EUR 6.3 to 20.8 million. The best result ever.

In 2018 Sogin will continue the decommissioning and radioactive waste management activities, with a constant focus on rationalisation of business processes and cost containment. During the current year a significant increase in the decommissioning activities is scheduled ,and the Group is expected to reach the highest economic value ever, with a budget up to EUR 92 million.

For this year the strategic goals are:
-    the end of the 7.1 Pit reclamation at the Itrec Plant in Rotondella
-    the preliminary activities for vessels dismantling at Trino and Garigliano Power Plants
-    the end of Bosco Marengo Plant decommissioning, where the so called “brown field” phase will be reached.

First quarter 2018 results are in line with the budget, with a decommissioning value of EUR 11.7 million, the best quarter results in Sogin’s history.

In 2018 Sogin will also reschedule the tender procedures for completing the Cemex Complex in Saluggia and the ICPF facility in Rotondella.

* the data presented during press conference have been approved by the Board of Directors in february 2018 and sent to ARERA (Regulation Authority for Energy, Networks and Environment) for its approval.

Sogin: demolition of the Garigliano nuclear power plant chimney is over

Garigliano NPP, before and_after the chimney demolitionSessa Aurunca, 14th November 2017 – Today, at the Garigliano (Caserta) Nuclear Power Plant, Sogin has completed the dismantling of the chimney, a truncated cone-shaped, 95 metre high structure made of reinforced concrete, with a diameter ranging between 5 metres at the bottom and 2 metres at the top. The structure, which characterized the skyline of the plant, will be now replaced by a new, almost three times lower, steel chimney which will be needed for the forthcoming decommissioning activities.

A controlled crushing demolition technique has been adopted. Among the various examined techniques, controlled crushing showed the highest safety level and the ability to avoid possible consequences to the neighbouring structures, including the reactor building. Starting from the top of the chimney, the structure has been gradually dismantled, with the resulting materials falling inside the cone itself.
Sogin began the activities for the chimney demolition in March 2014. At an early stage, preparatory works have been carried out such as: systems and machinery tests using a 12 metre high chimney mock-up, dismantling yard waterproofing and structures reinforcement. Subsequently, the inner of the chimney has been decontaminated by scarifyication. For these operations a specifically designed, Italian technology robot has been used. The robot moved inside the chimney from top to bottom and removed thin layers of lightly contaminated concrete for a maximum thickness of 1 centimetre. The decontamination allowed Sogin to demolish the chimney as a conventional structure.
The total value of the performed activities, including the new chimney building, is worth about EUR 10 million.
The demolition works produced about 830 tonnes of waste, 800 tonnes of which was made of concrete and 30 tonnes of metal. The contaminated material resulting from the scarification amounts to 7 cubic metres. It has been treated and stored in the plant interim repository.
Within the Garigliano Nuclear Power Plant decommissioning plan, Sogin has completed today a relevant project, characterised by all-italian design solutions and technologies, confirming the excellence of its know-how in the nuclear decommissioning industry.

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Sogin signs technical assistance contract for the nuclear decommissioning program of the JRC-ISPRA site

Rome,  31th October 2017 - Following an international tender, on October 13th Sogin, the Italian state-owned company responsible for the decommissioning and radioactive waste management in Italy, signed an 8-year framework contract on "Decommissioning and radioactive Waste Management Programme Implementation Assistance Services 2017-2024" with the Joint Research Center of the European Commission (JRC).
This contract will allow JRC to access Sogin's wide range of technical expertise to support the D&WM Programme Management. The required services encompass technical assessment and studies, assistance in licensing and authorization procedure, assessment of nuclear safety and risk issues, support in quality assurance for decommissioning issues, legal assistance with nuclear regulatory matters and assessment of technical proposals.
For Sogin this contract represents a confirmation of its international strategy to make decommissioning efforts more sustainable thanks to a proprietary project management methodology.

Sogin takes part to the international workshop on nuclear safety and security

International workshop on nuclear safety and securityRome, 11th October, 2017 – Sogin took part on Wednesday, 11th October, to the International Workshop on Sustaining Capacity-Building for Nuclear Safety and Security that was held today in Rome, at the Foreign Office’s International Conference Room.

The meeting was organized by the "Nuclear Safety and Security Group" (NSSG), a G7 technical support Group in which Sogin fulfills the role of Vice-President. The workshop was scheduled on the occasion of the term of office, when Sogin passed the baton to Canada. The event was supported by the European Commission, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Italian National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA) and the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA).
The workshop was attended by schools, universities and members of the Regulatory bodies from about 25 countries as well as by the main international organizations in the field. The purpose of the workshop was the identification of key elements and actions aimed at developing and strengthening the capability, of each State, of a safe and sustainable use of nuclear technology, mainly connected to safety and security issues.
During the workshop the President of Sogin, Prof. Marco Ricotti, chaired a session focused on issues connected to knowledge and HR retention, essential for the decommissioning phase and for ensuring the safe radioactive waste and spent fuel management in the long term.