Another batch of spent nuclear fuel (SNF) of Rivne NPP Ukraine delivered by a special train on the Russian "Production Association" Mayak "(Ozersk, Chelyabinsk region), where it will process, and the formed radioactive waste will be sent back to Ukraine, said on Thursday on the Internet representation of " the Lighthouse ".
during the reprocessing of irradiated fuel assemblies in the enterprise of RT-1 IN Mayak will be obtained valuable components, among them uranium, which is used to produce new fuel for nuclear power plants. According to the agreement, the fission products contained in spent nuclear fuel in processing will be steklovary and in the form of conditioned radioactive wastes have been returned to Ukraine.
"Shipment of irradiated nuclear fuel from Ukraine is proof of the successful implementation of the program ON return of spent nuclear fuel. Despite the difficult relations established between our countries, cooperation between Russia and Ukraine in the field of nuclear energy continues. The main goal of this cooperation is to ensure the safe operation of nuclear power plants in Russia and Ukraine ", - reported in the report.
Shipments of the spent fuel carried out in Accordance with the Russian safety standards and the IAEA safety requirements. The delivery was performed in the operating mode in Accordance with the contract concluded between "Mayak" and the National nuclear energy generating company "Energoatom" at the time, first agreed to by the parties, the report says.
The removal of spent (irradiated) nuclear fuel from Ukraine to the Russian Federation took place during an intergovernmental agreement on scientific-technical and economic cooperation in the field of nuclear energy dated fifteen January 1993, which provides for the importation to the site of Russia the spent fuel for temporary storage and reprocessing with the subsequent return of radioactive waste to Ukraine.
Rivne nuclear power plant (RAPP) is located in the North-West of Rivne region of Ukraine, the station operated four power units with total capacity of 2, 835 thousand MW (two units WWER-440 and two blocks VVER-1000, all built BY the Soviet projects).
Enterprise of the state Corporation "Rosatom" Mayak - 1st industrial facility domestic nuclear industry." Lighthouse " was designed for producing weapons-grade plutonium needed to create the Soviet nuclear weapons.
Priority directions of work of "Lighthouse" is now - the processing of irradiated nuclear fuel for nuclear boilers, the production of isotopes and radiation monitoring, the implementation of state defense order. For example, "beacon" produces more than fifty percent of total exports radionuclide products of Russia.