SNRIU granted permission to ChNPP to operate a new nuclear waste storage facility

The State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine granted a separate permit to Chornobyl NPP to commission a nuclear facility for the "dry" type spent nuclear fuel storage facility (SFSF -2). The press service of the Ministry of Environmental Protection reported the information.

“Obtaining a separate permit for the implementation of activities for commissioning a nuclear installation of the" dry "type spent nuclear fuel storage facility (SFSF-2) is a successful example of well-coordinated and effective cooperation of specialized Ukrainian institutions, financial support from donors of Nuclear Safety Accounts of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and contractors who worked in difficult conditions related to quarantine restrictions... the introduction of SFSF -2 into operation will allow the safe storage of spent nuclear fuel from the Chornobyl nuclear power plant for the next 100 years,” said Bohdan Borukhovsky, First Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources of Ukraine.

Obtaining a permit will allow starting "hot" tests with real spent fuel, which will be transported from the "wet" storage facility (SFSF-1) to the new "dry" storage facility (SFSF -2).

It is noted that during 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 the "wet" type SFSF -1.

The old storage facility is not designed for long-term storage of fuel and its service life is limited. Therefore, all spent fuel assemblies must be moved to a new interim storage facility for spent nuclear fuel of the "dry" type SFSF -2.

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