Construction works began in Chornobyl exclusion zone on Thursday; the nuclear waste repository will be built in the restricted area of Kyiv region. According to UNN news agency, the opening ceremony took place on November 9; Ukrainian company Energoatom will be the one supervising the construction process.
Chief of Energoatom company Yuriy Nedashkivsky, Minister of Energy and Coal Production Ihor Nasalyk, Vice Prime Minister Volodymyr Kistion and U.S. Ambassador in Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch attended the ceremony.
According to Nasalyk, by building its own nuclear waste repository, Ukraine will be able to refuse the service offered by Russia, which costs Kyiv more than 7 million dollars annually.
Yovanovitch added that thanks to storing the nuclear fuel, Ukraine will cut down its energy dependence from Russia; besides, it will be able to modernize its power generating companies. ‘Since 2005, Ukraine paid Russia 2 billion U.S. dollars – the money it could be invested into modernization of these companies,’ she said.
The construction works widely employ U.S. technologies; the works will be over by late 2019.
The Ukrainian Cabinet approved the construction of the waste repository in 2014, allocating the area of almost 50 hectares in Chernobyl exclusion zone.