State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management and the Korean Atomic Energy Research Institute will cooperate in the field of decommissioning of power units
Serhii Kalashnyk, Head of the State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management, and Won-Seok Park, President of the Korean Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI), signed a Memorandum on technical cooperation in research and development on the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.
In particular, in the framework of cooperation at the Chornobyl NPP it is planned to create an experimental installation and test radioactive concrete handling technology and foam metal decontamination technology, which were developed by KAERI for use during the decommissioning of nuclear power plants.
«The Agency constantly and comprehensively supports international cooperation with partner organizations, because by combining the world's best technologies and practices with the experience and skills of the staff of our companies, we will be able to more effectively implement the tasks facing us. In particular, it is the decommissioning of the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant and the transformation of the Shelter Object into an ecologically safe system», - said Serhii Kalashnyk, Head of SAUEZM.
According to the Acting Director General of the Chornobyl NPP Volodymyr Pieskov, for ChNPP it is an opportunity to test technologies that in the future may be used for the needs of the plant, decontamination of radioactively contaminated materials formed during the decommissioning of Chornobyl NPP and the transformation of the Shelter Object into an environmentally friendly secure system.
This will help reduce the amount of radioactive waste for disposal and return to economic circulation of valuable materials.
Further steps in cooperation include the mandatory preparation of a program of safe work, taking into account all the necessary rules, regulations and safety requirements and the conclusion of technical contracts.
The impetus for the creation of such a project and the development of a program for the preparation of technologies for the decommissioning of nuclear power plants was the decision of the Republic of Korea 5 years ago to stop its own nuclear power plants, which expire.