World First for High Level Waste Plants
Sellafield’s Waste Vitrification Plant (WVP) has become the first nuclear waste plant worldwide to produce 219 containers of vitrified waste from the operation of the same melter, overtaking a French company, Cogema at La Hague.
The melter, in simple terms is a huge cooking pot used to melt glass which is combined with Highly Active Liquid (HAL) waste and poured into containers for long term storage. Liquid HAL is converted to a stable solid by turning it into glass, a process known as vitrification.
Source: Sellafield Sites