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  • Norbert Schröder

    The Nuclear Technologies Division at STEAG Energy Services (SES-NT) has over 40 years’ experience in nuclear engineering. For over two years now, SES-NT has been supporting the energy utility EnBW in the dismantling of two nuclear power plants. The Division is currently working as architect-engineer for RWE on the extended design planning and cost estimates for a residue processing center to serve the Emsland and Biblis nuclear power plants. Norbert Schröder heads the division.

    Personal details
    Norbert Schröder (53) studied mechanical engineering, majoring in energy and reactor technology, at the Technical University of Aachen. After his studies he joined STEAG in the field of nuclear engineering in 1993. Among other things, he worked on the Gorleben pilot conditioning plant project until it was commissioned. He has headed the Nuclear Technologies division since 2010.

    Mr. Schröder, what is behind a dismantling project at a nuclear power plant?
    Dismantling always means conversion work in the nuclear power plant, but often also new construction measures in addition to the nuclear power plant. For example, a residue processing center and an on-site waste disposal facility first have to be built beside our customer EnBW’s Philippsburg nuclear power plant. Those facilities treat the residual materials and waste from demolition and temporarily store them. By means of different blast cleaning processes or material separation, components of nuclear plants with radioactive particles adhering to them are safely decontaminated. The remaining radioactive waste, which measurements indicate cannot be released, is then conditioned, packaged and temporarily stored in a manner appropriate for final disposal, and then transferred to a repository.

    Dismantling nuclear power plants sounds complex. Does this demanding service business have a future?
    Absolutely. The Federal Government has decided to shut down all nuclear power plants in Germany by the end of 2022. Over the next 15 to 20 years, for example, operators will be reliant on nuclear decommissioning expertise. We have been able to assert ourselves well in this highly competitive market so far. This is partly due to our decades of experience in nuclear waste treatment, interim storage and final disposal. I hope that this will enable us to gain further know-how in the long term, so that we can offer our services in Europe and worldwide. Our cooperation with Kraftanlagen Heidelberg, for example, shows that we enjoy going down this road with partners, as is customary at STEAG.

    Where do you get your energy from in your free time?
    Despite or because of all the demands, I enjoy my job very much. Every day, my staff and I work on exciting and varied projects, which also enjoy a high level of public acceptance. Nevertheless, I do think it is important to switch off completely from work at times. I like to do this best with my family, sailing or skiing.