The Nuclear Safety Account Donors Assembly notes the progress of projects on the industrial site of the Chernobyl NPP
During the online meeting of the Assembly, representatives of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Ukrainian delegation informed the donors of the Nuclear Safety Account about the state of international projects at the Chornobyl industrial site, namely: Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage (dry-type) and Plant for the Processing of Liquid Radioactive Waste.
The Ukrainian delegation was headed by Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Roman Abramovskyi. The event was also attended by theHead of the State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management Serhii Kalashnyk, the Head of the State Nuclear Regulation Inspectorate of Ukraine Hryhorii Plachkov, Volodymyr Peskov, Acting Director General of the Chornobyl NPP, and other representatives of the government delegation.
The Minister of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources of Ukraine Roman Abramovsky noted that Ukraine is interested in the successful implementation of the ISF-2 project, the completion of «hot» tests in a timely manner and is making every effort to do so. This facility makes it possible to start the transportation of spent nuclear fuel from ISF-1 to ISF-2 and to ensure its long-term and safe storage. The start of the «hot» tests under the ISF-2 project is a great victory on the way to Ukraine's nuclear and radiation safety.
Donors were also informed about the successful operation of the liquid radioactive waste processing plant, which was also built at the expense of donors to the Nuclear Safety Account, managed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
«The construction of safety and environmental facilities, which are being implemented at the Chornobyl industrial site, has become possible thanks to the constant and reliable support of donors of the Nuclear Safety Account, as these facilities require not only significant financial resources but also unique engineering solutions and modern technologies», – Serhii Kalashnyk, the Head of SAAUEZM, emphasized.
The Assembly also expressed support for continuing international cooperation in overcoming the consequences of the Chornobyl disaster, including the development of infrastructure for radioactive waste and spent fuel management generated during the decommissioning of the Chornobyl NPP and the transformation of the Shelter into an environmentally safe system.