ANALYSIS OF THE TOTAL SYSTEM LIFE CYCLE COST OF THE CIVILIAN RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

This report documents an analysis of the Total System Life Cycle Cost (TSLCC) for the Civilian Radioactive Waste Management System (CRWMS). This analysis is consistent with the design described in the Monitored Geologic Repository Project Description Document (CRWMS M&O 2000a), and provides the total system cost. This TSLCC analysis represents the total system cost to emplace all planned waste quantities listed in the Civilian Radioactive Waste Management System Requirements Document (DOE 2000). This analysis provides detailed costs for a reference system consistent with the Monitored Geologic Repository Project Description Document, and some of the potential costs associated with various lower-temperature operating modes. The reference design will continue to evolve to reflect a more flexible repository design and mode of operation requiring reassessments of projected capital and operating costs. These assessments will be conducted at the appropriate milestones. The total cost estimate includes the costs for the Monitored Geologic Repository, transporting waste to a potential repository at Yucca Mountain, and other associated programmatic costs. The current repository design as documented in the Project Description Document, Revision 2, ICN 1 (CRWMS M&O 2000a), is optimized to accommodate high temperature operations (i.e., above the boiling temperature of water). The design is evolving to more readily accommodate a potential range of operating modes. This flexibility allows repository operations over various heat loading (i.e., heat inputs) and heat removal (i.e., ventilation rates and duration) schemes. The differences in thermal operating modes relate to the maximum postclosure temperatures of the waste package surfaces, the temperatures of the emplacement drift rock walls, the overall temperature of the repository rock, and the humidity within the emplacement drifts. Repository baseline documents will be revised to reflect a design that is more compatible with the entire range of thermal operating modes and will be described in future revisions to the Project Description Document. The total estimated future (2001 - 2119) cost to complete the reference system is $49.3 Billion in constant 2000 dollars. A total of $6.7 Billion was spent on the total program through FY 2000 in year-of-expenditure (YOE) dollars.

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  • English

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  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 78 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00960519
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOE/RW-0533
  • Files: NTL, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 3 2003 12:00AM