International Atomic Energy Agency inspection teams are in Ukraine this week reviewing design safety of spent nuclear fuel facilities holding material from the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.
The international body is reviewing design safety and checking for undeclared nuclear material, according to the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine (SNRIU).
Hot tests were completed for the SNF-2 facility in December 2020. It is designed to accommodate in excess of 21,000 fuel assemblies accumulated from the Chernobyl plant that ran from 1977 to 2000, including three reactors that operated for fourteen years past the nuclear disaster that involved Unit 4 in April 1986.
French nuclear services firm Areva was the lead contractor for the project until 2011. Holtec International took over after Areva technology was deemed inadequate, according to Nuclear Engineering International. The Holtec strategy involved the use of components from companies in France, Germany, Italy, and the United States. Financing the $474 million project included contributions from these countries, plus Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Japan, the Netherlands, Russia, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Britain, the European Union, and Canada.
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