Contract on creation of a facility for release of materials from regulatory control at ChNPP is concluded

This Contract is financed by the EC within INSC (Instrument for Nuclear Safety Cooperation) programme. According to the Contract, the equipment required for installation of the release facility will be designed, manufactured and delivered to the ChNPP industrial site. The Contract covers assembling of the equipment, acceptance tests, certification and licensing, after which the equipment will be commissioned, as well as training of ChNPP personnel who will operate the facility.

The project is continuation of U4.01/10E project that is also financed by the European Commission and now at the stage of completion. Within the project progress, some preparatory activities were implemented, in particular, analysis of international standards and determination of the best practice, development of the methodology and draft procedures for release from regulatory control to be applied directly at the Chernobyl NPP, as well as preparation of design terms of reference and technical specifications for the facility to be created.

A modern facility for release of materials from regulatory control will be created within the U4.01/11E project. This facility will allow justifying the possibility of release of different materials from regulatory control and their return into economy using spectrometric measurements. The Contractor under this project is VF, a.s. (the Czech Republic).

The general objective of the project implementation is support of safe and cost-effective management of radioactive materials (RM) by minimization of RAW generation which require disposal in high-technology constructions.

In Ukraine there is a wide range of materials and equipment with low level of contamination which has or will be arisen as a result of the Chernobyl NPP accident, decommissioning of Chernobyl NPP Units and current operation of Ukrainian NPPs. For example, after the accident at the Chernobyl NPP 4th Unit in 1986 the contaminated surfaces of equipment at Units 1-3 were painted to prevent re-spread of radioactive dust. At the present time, such materials during decommissioning will be classified as radioactive waste. But most of them can be decontaminated and released from regulatory control.

On materials of SSE "Chornobyl NPP" website.

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