A nuclear fuel disposal facility is to be built in Finland.
The country’s government has given the green light for the construction of the site in the island of Olkiluoto from 2020.
Around 6,500 tonnes of uranium will be stored in a depth of around 400 metres.
Nuclear waste management company Posiva has been selected to develop the project.
Finish Minister of Economic Affairs Olli Rehn said: “The construction licence is an important step in the responsible use of nuclear energy in Finland. The long term safety of final disposal is a matter of great importance. It must be monitored throughout the service life of the disposal facility.”
The cost of building facilities to store radioactive nuclear waste could be cut by “hundreds of millions of pounds”, said the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).