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Chornobyl NPP obtained specific permission for pilot operation of NSC Commissioning Stage 1

The State Specialized Enterprise «Chornobyl NPP» has obtained from the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine the specific permission for pilot operation of Commissioning Stage 1 of the New Safe Confinement (NSC CS-1).

The handing over of appropriate permission took place with participation of the Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources of Ukraine Mr. Roman Shakhmatenko, the Chairman of the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine Mr. Hryhorii Plachkov, the Head of the State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management Mr. Serhii Kalashnyk, Acting Director General of SSE «Chornobyl NPP» Mr. Volodymyr Pieskov, and the representatives of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Minister of Environmental Protection and Natural resources of Ukraine Roman Abramovsky emphasized that obtaining this document brought us closer to the next stage – transformation of the «Shelter» object into an environmentally safe system: «During the year all the efforts of the Chornobyl nuclear power plant will be directed to the performance of works on obtaining the license for processing, storage of radioactive waste formed on the «Shelter» object, withing the framework of the confinement operation. A common and coordinated work aimed at solving the problems of overcoming the consequences of the Chornobyl disaster and due to constant supervision and control over nuclear and radiation safety of the SNRIU, we are approaching step by step to our main goal – transformation of the «Shelter» object to into an environmentally safe system».

«Obtaining the specific permission for pilot operation of NSC Commissioning Stage 1 is a successful example of implementing the large-scale international project regarding completion of unique technological structure that would effectively protect humanity and environment against destroyed power unit of Chornobyl NPP. We thank very much the donors and contributors of the Nuclear Safety Account and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development who joined together around the problem relating to the elimination of ChNPP accident consequences», - the Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources of Ukraine Mr. Roman Shakhmatenko emphasized.

Decision on issuing the indicated specific permission has been taken by the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine based on a Conclusion of the State Expert Review of Nuclear and Radiation Safety of the declarative documents and positive results from inspection of SSE ChNPP held by the Inspection Commission during July 14-17.

«Chornobyl NPP, after obtaining the specific permission for pilot operation of NSC Commissioning Stage 1, should direct its efforts to review and receive confirmation that that the system, design, components of the NSC Commissioning Stage 1 and the object in general operate in accordance with the project, and the NSC is brought into the state of readiness for further safe operation», - the Head of the State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management Mr. Serhii Kalashnyk pointed out.

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