2017 U.S./German Workshop on Salt Repository Research, Design, and Operation

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About the 8th US/German Workshop on Salt Repository Research, Design, and Operation

The Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration, Sandia National Laboratories, the Central Organization for Radioactive Waste, Central Organization for Radioactive Waste (COVRA), Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs & Energy, DBE Tec, and PTKA will host the 8th U.S./German Workshop on Salt Repository Research, Design, and Operation on September 5-7th in Middelburg, Netherlands.

A agenda for the 8th US/German Workshop includes percolation, reconsolidation, benchmark modeling, salt deformation at low deviatoric stress, differences and similarity of bedded and domal salt, operational safety, and arising issues.

The Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) Salt Club will hold a full day SC-7 meeting on Monday September 4, 2017. The NEA Salt Club and the US/German workshop are independent meetings, but time and cost savings are realized by coordinating location and schedule.

For more information or questions please contact:
Laura A. Connolly
(505) 284-3907


Metadata for Presentations

Short Report on Salt Club Meeting

IAEA repository studies
Radioactive Waste Strategy in The Netherlands
German Waste Management Strategy
Safety Case Experiences in The Netherlands
PFLOTRAN-RepoTREND Code Inter-comparison: Inter-comparison Plan & First PFLOTRAN Results
PFLOTRAN-RepoTREND code intercomparison
Handling of Uncertainties in the Safety Case
FEP Catalogue, Database, and Knowledge Archive
Invited Lecture: Salt Creep at Low Deviatoric Stress
Current status of research in the Joint Project WEIMOS
Testing Shear Strength and Deformation along Discontinuities in Salt
Salt testing: Low deviatoric stress data
New results of the KOSINA project
– Generic geological models / Integrity analysis
Radiological Consequences Analysis for a HLW Repository in Bedded Salt in Germany (Project KOSINA)
Outcome of the Repoperm Project
Reconsolidation of granular salt (DAEF report)
Salt Reconsolidation
Interaction between Operational Safety and Long-Term Safety (Project BASEL)
Repository designs in bedded salt, the KOSINA-Project
EPA Review of DOE’s 2014 Compliance Recertification Application for WIPP
WIPP recovery and Operational Safety
WIPP Future Advancements and Operational Safety
Sandia’s Salt Design Concept for High Level Waste and Defense Spent Nuclear Fuel
Actinide and brine chemistry in salt repositories: Updates from ABC Salt (V)
Basin-Scale Density-Dependent  Groundwater Flow Near a Salt Repository
Current research on deep borehole disposal of nuclear spent fuel and high-level radioactive waste – considerations within a German research project’

Conference Details 

8th US/German Workshop on Salt Repository Research, Design, and Operation, COVRA Premises

The 8th U.S./German Workshop on Salt Repository Research, Design, and Operation will be held in the auditorium of COVRA. The auditorium has all of the necessary facilities and space to hold the workshop and has been reserved for the duration of the workshop.

COVRA can be reached through the city of Middelburg. Middelburg offers good direct train connections from Amsterdam Shiphol Airport. Rotterdam and Brussels offer further options of access. We can organize a daily shuttle from Middelburg to COVRA.

Shuttle Information

There are many hotels in Middelburg here are a few suggestions:

We recommend staying at the Van der Valk Hotel Middelburg because its easy to catch the daily shuttle to COVRA. The hotel offers 110 comfortable rooms, varying from standard to very spacious family rooms. You can also choose between 9 theme suites, located on the 4th floor of the hotel, with balcony and a great view of the golf course or of the town of Middelburg. The Van der Valk Hotel Middelburg is located at the Paukenweg 3 in Middelburg and can be reached by phone +31 118 44 25 25 or e-mail.

A small, beautiful hotel in the old centre of Middelburg is Hotel the Roosevelt. The hotel offers 28 boutique rooms, which means that each room is different. The interior has been designed specifically for each individual room. There are 23 boutique rooms and 5 boutique suites.  The hotel is located at the Nieuwe Burg 42 in Middelburg and be reached by phone +31 118 43 63 60 or e-mail.

The Zeeland beaches and the city centre of Middelburg are within cycling distance. There is also bus transport from the hotel to the city centre.

Information on further hotels is available here or contact your travel agent; a selection of accommodation possibilities is also available on popular booking websites.

As September is still part of the vacation seasons, it can be busy in Middelburg and it is important to make reservations in advance.

Middelburg is a lively city is full of monuments, historic buildings, a wide range of shops and restaurants. The capital of the province of Zeeland has a grand past, which is reflected in its special buildings. These include the Abbey complex with Lange Jan or Long John, the town hall, the court of almshouses, De Kuiperspoort and the Oostkerk or East church.


September 5, 2017: Suggestion Excursion to Flood Museum

Large parts of the Netherlands are below sea level. Our history is shaped by the battle against the water. With climate change this battle is more actual than ever. The ‘Flood museum’ is the place where visitors can experience the Flood of 1953 and discover how we can use our knowledge of what happened, to cope with climate change and rising sea water levels. The museum was created inside the four Phoenix caissons in the old sea dyke near Ouwerkerk in Schouwen-Duiveland that were used to close off the last breaches in the dyke – a full nine month after the Flood of 1953.

The tour would start with the story of the Flood, with Polygon film reels, newspapers and more than 15,000 photographs, grouped per village or area. It will tell about people – the victims, the emotions and personal experiences. It will show the machines that were used for the reconstruction, and one of the wooden pre-fab houses that were generously donated by several countries. It will give information about the Delta Project that protects the Netherlands from the sea. When the Delta Project was completed we believed ourselves to be safe – but the climate is changing, sea levels are rising and the big rivers bring more and more water into the delta of the Netherlands. Become aware of the challenges facing us and the possible solutions.


Restaurant ‘Vierbanne’

After the tour we could go to the adjacent restaurant, where we are welcomed with a drink and have a talk, before we go to dinner. The restaurant Vierbannen looks out the beatiful estuary Oosterschelde and the nature reserve Krekengebied Ouwerkerk. Well-known chef Wouter Kik serves regional products. Each month, he selects and combines new culinary surprises the sea and land, that he gets directly and personally from the proud farmer or fisherman.