Ukrainian Parliament adopted today a law allowing the construction of the storage of spent nuclear fuel near Chernobyl. The bill will place a central repository at the site in the Kiev region in the exclusion zone in an area subjected to radioactive contamination due to the Chernobyl disaster.
The new facility should be part of a single complex for the management of spent nuclear fuel of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, it will be applied technology of surface "dry" storage of fuel in engineering systems of container.
The explanatory memorandum to the bill states that the storage facility will be at the expense of loans, repayment of which will be made by the Company "Energoatom" for 4 years after commissioning. The source of debt service funds will be incorporated in the company's tariffs, which are currently provided for the services of Russian companies in temporary storage and reprocessing of Ukrainian NPPs.
Spent nuclear fuel is a valuable resource that contains up to 97% of nuclear materials that can be effectively used in the next generation of reactors. Under the project, the total capacity of a centralized repository would be 16,529 spent fuel assemblies from the reactors.
Today, out of the four existing Ukrainian Zaporozhye NPP only station has its own storage of spent nuclear fuel, ITAR-TASS reported.