Energoatom unalterably refused to export spent nuclear fuel to the Russian Federation
Energoatom has decided to definitively stop shipping spent nuclear fuel (SNF) from Ukrainian NPPs to the Russian Federation for processing and interim storage. The Head of Energoatom Petro Kotin announced this during the All-Ukrainian Forum “Ukraine 30. Utility Bills”.
While answering the questions from journalists, Petro Kotin stressed that starting with the current year, Energoatom would no longer use the services of the Russian radiochemical enterprises. “We decided to definitively refuse to export spent nuclear fuel to Russia. For Ukraine, there is no longer a need for such services. This will significantly strengthen the energy security of our nation state”, said the Head of the Company.
He also informed that the Central Spent Fuel Storage Facility (the CSFSF) would be able to receive a first batch of SNF as early as July 2021. The Head of Energoatom reminded that in December 2020, Energoatom completed construction of all civil engineering structures and the infrastructure meant for receiving and storing the Ukrainian NPPs’ spent fuel at the CSFSF site.
According to him, pre- commissioning activities are now underway along with the testing of equipment and tools the U.S. Company Holtec delivered to the CSFSF site. Operation of the CSFSF’s first start-up complex will start in the second quarter of 2021 after completion of the construction of a 43-km rail spur to the Storage Facility, which will connect the site to the railway network in Ukraine, said Petro Kotin.
For information: Renovating the railway track at the Vilcha - Yaniv section remains the only pressing challenge for a full-scale commissioning of the first start-up complex. Over the last three years, the state authorities, which must have provided the renovation of a rail track, have failed to do that job.
On 3 February 2021, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine transferred the railway track stretching from the Vilcha station to the Yaniv Station (Exclusion Zone, Ivankiv district, Kyiv region), to the fixed assets of SE NNEGC “Energoatom”. The Company itself was the initiator of that transfer. By doing so, the Company can become the Owner of the above construction project and to complete it as soon as practically possible. In future, Energoatom will have the right of economic management to the rail spur to the CSFSF.