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Ukraine starts building centralized spent nuclear fuel storage facility

9.11.2017 р., 15:55

It was officially announced that the National Nuclear Generating Company Energoatom and Holtec (the United States) have started building a centralized spent nuclear fuel storage facility in the in the village Buryakivka, which is in the Chernobyl exclusion zone.

"The project to build the centralized spent nuclear fuel storage facility in combination with the diversification of supplies of fresh nuclear fuel is an outpost of Ukraine against the hybrid war," Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Kistion said at a ceremony devoted to the beginning of construction works.He recalled that earlier Ukraine faced a problem when Russia refused accepting spent nuclear fuel from Ukraine for storage for near three years. Then it made the nuclear energy complex operating in the crisis conditions.

Ukrainian Energy and Coal Industry Minister Ihor Nasalyk said that thanks to the storage facility Ukraine would be able to cut its expenses by 60%.

Ukraine starts building centralized spent nuclear fuel storage facility