Participants of the Ukrainian-Japanese SATREPS project discussed annual results of cooperation and outlined directions for the following year

At a regular meeting of the Joint Coordinating Committee of the Ukrainian-Japanese SATREPS project, annual cooperation results were discussed and directions for the following year were outlined. In particular, within the framework of the project the assessment results of the radioactive contamination of ecosystems in the drained sections of the ChNPP cooling reservoir, the dynamics of radionuclide migration by water were presented, as well as the legislative aspects of ensuring the effective management of the Exclusion zone.

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With the support of the US and Canadian Governments, the SAUEZM enterprises have received containers for transportation and storage of radioactive waste

At the Kyiv Special Complex they have demonstrated packaging kits for transportation and storage of spent sources of ionizing radiation (SSIR). The project was implemented within the framework of the Agreement between Ukraine and the USA on assistance to Ukraine in the elimination of strategic nuclear weapons, as well as the prevention of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Such packaging kits were transferred to 5 special complexes (Kyiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Lviv, Odesa and Kharkiv), as well as to the State Specialized Enterprise «Central Enterprise for Radioactive Waste Management».

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In Brussels Head of SAUEZM presented Ukraine's progress in the field of radioactive waste management

During the meeting of the EU Member States Committee for the Nuclear Safety Cooperation Instrument (NSCI) Program the Head of SAUEZM, Vitalii Petruk, presented the current state of the radioactive waste management (RW) system in Ukraine and the prospects for implementing the NSCI Program projects. He also briefed the participants on the projects of international technical assistance (ITA) on nuclear safety implemented in the Exclusion zone with the financial support of the European Commission under the NSCI Program and the achievements in the field of improving Ukrainian legislation in this area.

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Within the framework of the NATO Trust Fund a new project on liquidation of the radioactive waste repository in Kirovohrad region was launched

The NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) has signed contract documents with a contracting organization within the framework of the Trust Fund project for Radioactive Sources Disposal in Ukraine «Liquidation of Radioactive Waste Repository stored at the «Tsybuleve» Object of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine». The contractor's selection was held within the framework of an international competition in which «NT-ENGINEERING» company won.

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It is planned to establish a Joint Operations Center in the Exclusion zone

Head of SAUEZM Vitalii Petruk and the heads of dedicated organizations discussed with the projects coordinator in the Eastern Europe of the United States Forest Service the idea of creating an interdepartmental Joint Operations Center in the Exclusion zone. The United States National Interdepartmental Center for Fire Prevention and Safe firefighting can be a model for the Center.

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SSE «Ecocenter» and Bristol University began updating radiation contamination maps of the Exclusion zone

Within the framework of the cooperation agreement, the SSE «Ecocenter» and the University of Bristol (UK) conducted joint tests of a radiation mapping system operating on the basis of drones. With the participation of an expert team from the National Center for Nuclear Safety in Great Britain, they conducted a 9-day trial radiation mapping in the villages Buryakivka, Kopachi and Lesny at an altitude of 15-35 meters. As a result, scientists have received comprehensive cartographic materials of contamination on an area of about 15 km2.

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Forests of the Exclusion zone received fire-fighting equipment from the Government

Head of SAUEZM Vitalii Petruk and the Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade Yurii Brovchenko transferred to the forest fire stations of SSE «Pivnichna Pushcha»a part of the equipment for rapid response to fires in the Exclusion zone territory. In particular, for the enterprise in 2018 new fire truck tankers, forestry patrol cars, tractors and auxiliary equipment for clearance of fire lines and fire control were purchased.

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To the 33rd anniversary of the Chornobyl disaster the Prime Minister of Ukraine was reported on the results of the pilot operation of the NSC and the construction completion of the 1st queue of the Vector complex

Within the framework of the official visit of the Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman to the Exclusion zone on the occasion of the 33rd anniversary of the Chornobyl disaster there was a commemoration of liquidators and working meetings. The events took place with the participation of the Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources Ostap Semerak, Head of SAUEZM Vitalii Petruk, President of SE «Energoatom»Yuri Nedashkovsky, Head of the SNRCU Gregory Plachkov, Head of the Kyiv Regional State Administration Oleksandr Tereshchuk, Slavutych Mayor Yuriy Fomichev and the management of the Exclusion zone.

In particular, Volodymyr Groysman visited the Chornobyl NPP, where he became acquainted with the state of implementation of the main tasks for the New Safe Confinement commissioning, decommissioning of the Chornobyl plant and transformation of the Shelter object into an environmentally safe system. Also, the Prime Minister visited the Centralized storage facility for spent fuel and the Vector complex, where the vast majority of Ukraine's radioactive waste management infrastructure (RW) is focused.

«The main task of the authorities is to ensure purity of the environment. Our Government has completed the Shelter project, we have restored the whole range of measures in order to ensure the safety of people's lives and health. Now the situation is completely stable. We, together with international partners, are implementing the latest technologies and solutions to overcome the consequences of the Chornobyl disaster», the Head of the Government said. He stressed that the implementation of all security measures will continue in the future.

The day before the anniversary of the Chornobyl catastrophe on the main security facility of the Exclusion zone - New safe confinement - successfully completed a 72-hours trial operation, which was aimed at verifying the functioning of all systems. Today we can talk about the readiness of the facility before the transition to pilot operation after receiving all the necessary permits. Such operation will last no more than 1 year, after which the ChNPP will be licensed and will proceed to NSC operation and dismantling of unstable structures of the Shelter Object.

In addition, the construction of the 1st queue of the Vector complex has been recently completed, which became possible for the first time since Ukraine’s independence due to the restoration of the targeted use of the funds from the State Fund for radioactive waste management, as well as a repository design for vitrified radioactive waste to be returned from the Russian Federation is being prepared. Among the important results were also presented the results of reconstruction and renovation of more than 10 infrastructure facilities of the Vector complex, which ensure the functioning of the radioactive waste management system.

NSC in the trial operation mode On April 22 the New Safe Confinement was transferred to trial operation mode.

During the trial operation practically all NSC equipment and systems will be operated in the design mode within 72 hours. The goal of the trial operation is to make sure that all equipment and devices are operated in the design mode and perform their functions. In addition, such operation will allow checking the level of ChNPP's personnel qualification gained during the training. The test subject during the trial operation is the conditional dismantling of Shelter Object unstable structures. The first stage of the trial operation was devoted to the testing of the main cranes system (hereinafter: MCS): movement of carriages from bridge cranes to maintenance garages (northern and southern garages). During the second testing day the MCS crane run-way beams were inspected and movement of two cranes (western and eastern) over the Shelter Object roof was tested. After that dismantling, lifting and movement to the temporary storage site of a metal truss, established during the Shelter Object stabilization measures, was simulated. At the final stage of trial operation, activities on handling the conditionally delivered truss will be executed at the temporary storage site: its fragmentation, decontamination, loading into a container, characterization of solid radioactive waste (hereinafter: SRW), the container loading into the container carrier and its transfer to the Industrial Complex for Solid RAW Management. After the trial operation, the project will pass to the pilot operation stage. For this the Chornobyl NPP should obtain a corresponding permit based on the documents compiled on the basis of the trial operation results. The pilot operation will continue not longer than 1 year. After that the Chornobyl NPP will obtain a license and will start the NSC operation and dismantling of the Shelter Object unstable structures.

Source: State specialized enterprise «Chornobyl NPP»

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