Ukraine’s state inspection for nuclear regulation expects the spent fuel storage in Chornobyl exclusion zone to start working by the end of 2016 (UNIAN). Borys Stoliarchuk, Director of the Inspection’s Nuclear Facilities Department said this in Kyiv on February 9.
“Since construction works are performed very actively, we’re certain that the object will start working in the fourth quarter of the year”, he said.
U.S. company Holtec International is working on the storage, which is necessary to completely shut down all power reactors of Chornobyl power plant.
The project of the spent fuel storage, initiated in 2000, was put on hold due to construction errors in 2003. Initially, the volume of work was estimated at EUR 190 million, but then the price grew to 255 million Euros.
In July 2015, Chief Designer of the project Andriy Savin said that first tests of the storage will start in the middle of 2017. According to him, the main construction works will be complete by June this year. It will take another nine years to remove all fuel from three reactors of the power plant.