Ukraine and Japan deepen cooperation in overcoming the consequences of the accidents at the NPPs
During a working meeting with the leadership of the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), Vitalii Petruk, Head of the State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management (SAUEZM) presented the current status of the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant decommissioning and the strategy for the development of the Exclusion Zone, and discussed the possibility of exchanging experience.
The Japanese side is interested in Ukraine's experience in decommissioning of NPP and reuse of contaminated lands and objects, as they encountered this problem much later. It is now important for the Japanese to take over the experience of Ukrainian specialists for the safest decommissioning of the emergency power units of the Fukushima-Daiichi NPP.
«Ukraine and Japan brought together a common misfortune - the nuclear power plant accidents. It is important for us to move towards each other and to ensure constructive cooperation of our countries in order to overcome the consequences of accidents and develop a knowledge base on the safety of the NPPs, which will be useful for future generations», - Head of SAUEZM emphasized.
An important issue for both countries today is the decommissioning of the NPPs. Ukraine already has some experience in this area: New Safe Confinement (NSC) was moved over the destroyed fourth power unit of the Chornobyl NPP, and a new storage facility ISF-2 of the «dry» type was constructed for storing spent nuclear fuel of the Chornobyl NPP.
«NSC and ISF-2 are one of the most important objects on the way to the complete decommissioning of ChNPP. At the end of 2018, we plan to switch to a «hot» storage test, during which the first fuel assemblies from ISF-1 will be transported to it. As for the NSC, the commissioning of this facility is scheduled for December this year», - Vitalii Petruk said.
Head of SAUEZM also presented a general strategy for the development of the Exclusion Zone, according to which the entire territory should be divided into the «internal» territory of special industrial use and the «external» territory of the Chornobyl Radiation and Ecological Biosphere Reserve.