The forthcoming power reactor decommissioning represents an immense challenge
Only a few of the nuclear power reactors permanently shut down
(176 reactors worldwide of which 86 in Western Europe and 23 in Central and Eastern Europe according to IAEA PRIS database), have been fully decommissioned so far, i.e. when the site has been released from the regulatory control.
Considering the number of the power reactors to be decommissioned located in Europe, the European Union has the opportunity to take the leadership in the implementation of the immediate dismantling strategy. This could be achieved only by using the best practices to improve the dismantling processes, particularly cutting which is a key operation, in terms of safety, radiation protection, radioactive waste generated, time and cost.