The State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management reported that Chornobyl NPP has begun transporting spent nuclear fuel from the "wet" storage facility (SFSF-1) to the "dry" type spent nuclear fuel storage (SFSF-2), UA Energy reports.
“Today, within the framework of the “hot” tests, the first batch of 9 spent fuel assemblies was transported into SFSF-2 “dry” type spent nuclear fuel storage facility, which were loaded the day before from SFSF-1 “wet” type storage facility. The transportation of spent nuclear fuel takes place within the framework of a separate permit for the commissioning of a nuclear installation – storage of spent nuclear fuel SFSF-2, which was provided by the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine,” the statement says.
It is noted that the introduction of a "dry" storage facility into operation will make it possible to reliably store the spent nuclear fuel of Chornobyl nuclear power plant for the next 100 years.
It will take about ten years to transport all the spent nuclear fuel, which is now stored in the "wet" type storage facility SFSF-1.
To rrecap, the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine granted a separate permit to Chornobyl NPP to commission a "dry" type spent nuclear fuel storage facility (SFSF-2).
Over the period of electricity generation, from 1977 to 2000, more than 21 thousand fuel assemblies have accumulated at the station, which are now stored in the storage of spent nuclear fuel of "wet" type SFSF-1.
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