The Donor Assembly of the Nuclear Safety Account has noted progress in the implementation of projects at the Chornobyl industrial site

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Ukrainian delegation took part in an online meeting of the Donor Assembly of the Nuclear Safety Account, where information on the status of implementation of international projects implemented at the Chornobyl industrial site was heard, namely: dry type spent nuclear fuel storage facility (ISF-2) and processing of liquid radioactive waste plant.

The Ukrainian delegation was headed by Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Roman Abramovsky. Also, the event was attended by the Head of the State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management Sergii Kalashnyk, the Head of the State Inspectorate for Nuclear Regulation of Ukraine Hryhoriy Plachkov, Acting Director General of the SSE «Chornobyl NPP» Volodymyr Peskov and other representatives of the government delegation.

During the Assembly, the Head of the State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management Sergii Kalashnyk informed the participants about the state of construction of the ISF-2. It was noted that on December 20, 2019, the new storage was transferred from the contractor to the customer, and in January 2020 the certificate from the State Architectural and Construction Inspectorate (hereinafter: SACI) of conformity of the completed construction of was received. The pandemic with the spread of coronavirus infection COVID-19 affected the beginning of the "hot" tests, which were postponed to late July-early August.

Acting Director General of the SSE «Chornobyl NPP» Volodymyr Peskov informed the donors about the successful operation of the liquid radioactive waste processing plant, which was also built with the support of the Donor Assembly of the Nuclear Safety Account.

The Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Roman Abramovsky stressed that Ukraine has begun amendments to the National Program for the decommissioning of the Chornobyl nuclear power plant and the transformation of the Shelter object into an environmentally safe system. The program will include financing of operational works until 2031. The draft Program will pass all the necessary examinations for compliance with national nuclear safety criteria in accordance with European norms and standards.

The Ukrainian delegation thanked the international community, the governments of the donors of the Nuclear Safety Account, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development for their support in the implementation of projects at the Chornobyl industrial site and expressed hope for further fruitful cooperation in the Chornobyl area.

The Donor Assembly of the Nuclear Safety Account noted the progress in the implementation of projects at the ChNPP industrial site and expressed hope for the successful completion of the ISF-2 project.