Ukrzaliznytsia has completed the reconstruction of the Vilcha-Yanov track, connecting the Chornobyl exclusion zone with the main railway network. This will allow Energoatom to transport spent nuclear fuel to a centralized storage facility. This was reported by the press service of Ukrzaliznytsia.
“In June, we won a tender and signed an agreement with Energoatom for the reconstruction of this section. We understood the importance of the project for the country, so all the work was completed in record time - in one month. Thanks to the efforts of the railway workers, the first centralized storage of spent nuclear fuel will start operating in the near future," the message says.
Meanwhile, the movement of freight trains of Ukrzaliznytsia (Ukrainian railways) is at the edge of the full stop due to the absence of fuel. The company suffers losses at the sum of 7.9 million hryvnias ($290,610) daily as Enkorr reported citing Head of Management Department of Railway Oleksandr Tkachenko.
“As of June 30, 59 freight trains left at the station track gages in the regional departments of Ukrzaliznytsia; 38 main and 85 shunting diesel locomotives were put on reserve of the railway management due to the absence of fuel; while the dynamics of growth of left trains and locomotives put on reserve due to the deficit of fuel grows exponentially,” he stated.