The Cabinet of Ministers extended the term of implementation of the Safety Upgrade Programme of Ukrainian NPPs by the end of 2023

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine extended the period of implementation of the Complex (Consolidated) Safety Upgrade Programme of Power Units of Ukrainian NPPs (CCSUP) from December 31, 2020 to December 31, 2023.

The changes were made in the corresponding decree 1270 of December 7, 2011 at the government meeting on Wednesday.

According to the explanatory memorandum, today it is necessary to complete about 450 events of the 1295 planned by the program .

The slowdown in the rate of implementation of the program was affected by: the lack of own tariffs of NNEGC “Energoatom”; planning complexity of providing the long-term repairs due to the necessity of performing scheduled tasks for the generation of electricity; limited quantity and outflow of highly professional frames to perform work simultaneously on several blocks; the technical complexity of the “post-Fukushima” CCSUP measures to develop concepts for their implementation; a three-year delay in obtaining loans from the EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development) and the European Atomic Energy Community Euroatom; considerable duration of international trades and the length of equipment manufacturing.

As reported, CCSUP of Ukrainian NPPs co-financed by the EBRD and Euroatom was approved by the Cabinet on December 7, 2011. The program developed by Energoatom and coordinated by the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine includes all measures of the previous security program and additional “post-Fukushima” measures developed on the basis of “stress tests” conducted at Ukrainian NPPs, taking into account lessons learned from the Japanese accident Fukushima NPP.

The program establishes the scope of safety improvement measures that ought to be implemented at each NPP unit.

The implementation of the program will settle the level of safety of Ukrainian nuclear power units in accordance with the highest international requirements, as well as ensure full implementation of the international obligations of Ukraine to improve the safety of existing nuclear power plants.

“Energoatom” is the operator of all four operating NPPs of Ukraine, operates 15 power units equipped with water-water power reactors with a total installed electric capacity of 13,835 GW.