Ukraine and Lithuania deepen cooperation on nuclear power plants decommissioning, radioactive waste management and development of alternative energy sources

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Lithuania to Ukraine and the Minister of Energy of the Republic of Lithuania discussed with the leadership of the State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management the issue of cooperation and exchange of experience in the area of nuclear power plants decommissioning, radioactive waste (RW) management, and re-use of power transmission facilities of NPPs.

Lithuania is currently undergoing the decommissioning of the Ignalina NPP, and in spite of the Lithuanian strategy is somewhat different from the strategy for the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant, both countries have similar challenges. In particular, it is a matter of dealing with spent nuclear fuel (SNF), radioactive waste, decontamination and dismantling of equipment.

"Ukraine has a significant experience in nuclear power plant decommissioning and management of radioactive waste and spent fuel. Currently, an international project for the construction of Interim Storage Facility for Spent Nuclear Fuel of dry type (ISF-2) is being completed at the ChNPP industrial site, the development and improvement of the RW management system and the dismantling of the equipment of power units are underway. We are ready to provide all necessary expert assistance and we hope that cooperation between our countries will become a full international partner program", - Vitalii Petruk, the Head of SAUEZM, said.

In addition, the Lithuanian side was interested in the experience of Ukraine in the implementation of alternative energy facilities in the Exclusion Zone. According to Marius Janukonis, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Lithuania to Ukraine, according to the decision of the Government by 2030, 45% of all electricity produced in Lithuania should come from alternative sources. At Ignalina NPP, like at ChNPP, after the decommissioning, there will be an infrastructure that can be reused for alternative energy sources, in particular for solar power plants.

As Vitalii Petruk noted, in the Exclusion Zone there is background for the development of solar energy: a large area derived from economic use, the presence of transmission capacities, and most importantly - the consumer. In particular, with the financial support of the Government of France, a feasibility study on the location of solar panels in the Exclusion Zone was developed. His results confirmed the possibility and feasibility of implementing a 1200 MW solar power plant project in this area.

Representatives of both countries have shown their readiness to share their accumulated practical experience and technological developments and deepen expert cooperation in these areas.

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