Work on the construction over the destroyed 4th unit of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant (ChNPP) new shelter and dry storage for spent nuclear fuel (the storage using-2) will be completed before the end of the year. This was reported to journalists by the head of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant Igor Gramotkin, UNIAN reports.
«Virtually all of the projects at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant has entered the final phase. This year we are completing all work on the construction of the new safe confinement. I hope that at the end of the year we will be able to push a new protective structure for the fourth unit,» said gramotin.
He also noted that before the end of the year it is planned to complete all works on construction of the storage using-2, which will store nuclear fuel from the fourth unit of the Chernobyl NPP.
After conducting all necessary tests, in 2017, these facilities will be put into operation. Thus, according to Gramotkin in 2016 will end the active phase of decommissioning of the ChNPP, and next year will begin the phase of final shutdown and preservation.
Recall that in September 2007 the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and the French company Novarka has signed a contract for the construction of the new safe confinement (NSC) over the object «Shelter» Chornobyl NPP. The initial cost of construction was estimated at 980 million euros. However, after 6 years, the estimate of the cost of construction increased by EUR 500 million.
Eventually in the summer of 2014, the Assembly of donors of the Chernobyl Shelter Fund has decided to increase to 650 million euros additional contribution of donor countries for the successful completion of the protective circuit construction of the new safe confinement (end walls) with the aim of transforming the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in a safe and environmentally stable object.
25 April in Kiev will be held a donor conference to attract the remaining funds to complete the construction of the spent nuclear fuel storage (the storage using-2).
Earlier the President of Ukraine has declared 2016 as the year of celebration of participants of liquidation of consequences of the Chernobyl accident and Occitania the memory of the victims of the Chernobyl disaster.
Work on construction of new shelter at Chornobyl NPP is planned to complete by the end of the year 17.04.2016