Head of State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management reported on activities in 2018

The Agency's activities in 2018 were focused on meeting the main priorities that were approved by the Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine. In particular, much attention was paid to the decommissioning of the ChNPP and transformation of the «Shelter» object into an environmentally safe system, improvement of the radioactive waste management mechanism, as well as the establishment of a special industrial use zone and creation of conditions for placement of alternative energy facilities in the Exclusion zone.

Exit to the final stage of the NSC commissioning and ensuring its operation (96% of the work was performed). In particular, measures were taken to obtain a separate permit for the operation of construction structures within the II stage of the ChNPP, that perform the functions of the NSC enclosing perimeter after their reinforcment and sealing.

In January 2019, the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine issued a separate permit to the SSE «Chernobyl NPP» Series of ОД No. 000033\11 providing the right to carry out operation of existing construction structures within the II stage of the ChNPP, that perform the functions of the NSC enclosing perimeter after their reinforcement and sealing. With the start of NSC operation the building constructions of the NSC enclosing perimeter will be part of the NSC construction and will be operated as a single facility.

Obtaining the permit for the operation of the NSC enclosing perimeter confirms once again the professionalism and responsibility of engineers of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant and of subcontractors who worked for 35 months in extremely difficult radiation conditions to implement the project on reinforcement and sealing of the construction of the second stage of the ChNPP, that serve as the NSC enclosing perimeter.

«An important step to improve the mechanism of radioactive waste management was the approval of the mechanism for the targeted use of funds from the State Fund for Radioactive Waste Management. Due to this, in December 2018, the 1st phase of construction works at Vector complex was completed and the works on development of project documentation for infrastructure projects for vitrified waste acceptance from the Russian Federation were carried out», - Vitalii Petruk, the Head of the SAUEZM, reports.

Also, important works on energy efficiency and energy saving were carried out at the enterprises that belong to the SAUEZM management sphere. Thus, over the past year, cost-cutting due to the implementation of energy saving measures at the SSE «Chornobyl Special Combine» (ChSC) amounted to 32% in production and thermal energy supply, 9% in water supply, and 18% in water drainage in relation to plan indicators. In addition, the reconstruction of outdoor street lighting in Chornobyl reduced the cost of electricity for these needs by 10 times.

Significant progress has also been made on another priority - creation of conditions for placement of alternative energy facilities in the Exclusion zone. In particular, in 2018 a pilot project of a solar power plant with a capacity of 1 MW was launched at Chornobyl NPP industrial site. In addition, Ukraine received a Feasibility Study from the French company Tractebel, confirming the possibility of SPP construction with a capacity of 1.2 GW in the Exclusion zone, and the Governmental resolution on issuing the permit to develop a land management project for the construction of a wind power plant was approved.

In 2018 useful work was done on informing the public about the development of the Exclusion zone. In particular, an exhibition «Chornobyl: the territory of change» was presented in Vienna at the UN exhibition and during the First Forum of Regions of Ukraine and the Republic of Belarus in Gomel, and the exhibition «Chornobyl: the territory of change» was organized in the central hall of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

Last year, the number of visitors increased by 30% compared to 2017. With the support of UNDP / GEF and NGOs within the framework of the UNDP Small Grants Program in order to effectively inform visitors Chornobyl Information Center «Chornobyl: the territory of change» was opened in a two-store building at the «Dityatki» checkpoint.

InfoCentre has become the first building of the Exclusion zone reconstructed according to modern principles of energy efficiency using "green" technologies. In particular, in the newly built InfoCenter there is a solar power station, energy-efficient LED-lighting, heat proof of walls, windows and doors, as well as an innovative heating and air conditioning system. This will not only save money on maintenance of the building, but also avoid over 20 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year.

Also, an Electronic Ticket System was introduced, which allowed to switch over to electronic media, ensure transparency and simplification of the processes of passing applications for the Exclusion zone visits.

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